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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January 24, 2020 (Part 3 of 5)
​Nothing quite creates winter ambiance like a log in the fireplace with everyone gathered around to appreciate its warmth and pleasing light. Of course, playing with fire is dangerous for children, so please remember these tips before you light your hearth:

Even if the chimney is not due for cleaning, it is important to check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.

Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable (ie: furniture, drapes, newspapers, books, etc.). If these items get too close to the fireplace, or if a piece of wood "pops" and throws sparks, they could catch fire.

If your gas fireplace is turned on with a switch on the wall, use a gate or cover the switch to prevent your child from turning the gas or fireplace on.
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January 17, 2020 (Part 2 of 5)
​Nothing quite creates winter ambiance like a log in the fireplace with everyone gathered around to appreciate its warmth and pleasing light. Of course, playing with fire is dangerous for children, so please remember these tips before you light your hearth:

Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.

Clean out ashes from previous fires. Levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less because a thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke.

The chimney should be checked annually by a professional.
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January 10, 2020 (Part 1 of 5)
​Nothing quite creates winter ambiance like a log in the fireplace with everyone gathered around to appreciate its warmth and pleasing light. Of course, playing with fire is dangerous for children, so please remember these tips before you light your hearth:
If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning.

Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. The damper can be checked by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror. Do not close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.

Use dry and well-aged wood. Wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney. Dried wood burns with less smoke and burns more evenly.
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