Umatilla RFPD

The Umatilla RFPD is a combination department, meaning that a few hard-working paid people keep the district running, but we rely heavily on dedicated volunteers to truly get our mission done.

Our volunteers are trained to the same high standards as career, paid firefighters, but they're doing it outside of their normal daily activities.

Our volunteers come in all ages and sizes, and from many career fields like construction, corrections, administration, and medical fields.

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September 18, 2020 (Part 3 of 3)
Fireplace Safety Tips
Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe.
Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside the fireplace.
Do not ever use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace.
For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season.
Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them.

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September 11, 2020 (Part 2 of 3)
Space Heater Safety Tips
Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry.
Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.

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We would like to take a moment and thank all those that have thanked us for our efforts in the recent fire that swept through our community. We were very fortunate that the there was no loss of life and minimal property damage. We are passing along your gratitude to our partners that came in our time of need.

With that said, please stay vigilant in your efforts to prevent fire and remember that there are no outside fires until October 1st. However, that could be extended dependent upon weather and overall conditions and the State Fire Marshals office.

And speaking of in time of need, right after our fire was contained we sent a water tender to the Pilot Rock area for a large fire there in support of their efforts.

And moments ago, we sent a brush truck and two crew members to the Riverside Fire on the west side of the state to assist with the tragic fire in that region.

Please keep them and all of our brothers and sisters in your thoughts during this unprecedented fire season. And please help us help you by being safe in all of your endeavors.

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The Umatilla RFPD is always looking for new members.  Volunteer now!