The Umatilla Rural Fire Protection District (URFPD) is primarily a volunteer service with three paid employees – Chief, Steven Potts, our full-time paid administrator of the District, who is assisted by our full-time FF/EMT Lieutenant Marc Matlack and FF/EMR Craig Bensen. The volunteers of the Umatilla RFPD respond to, on average, over 550 calls for emergency services each year.
Please note that the URFPD is considered a special district and therefore is not part of the city of Umatilla . With that in mind, our 32 square miles of coverage includes both city and county locations. Our district goes west to the Umatilla county line, south to Bensel Road, east as far as Sand Station, and of course north to the Columbia River.
Meet the Team
While volunteers make up the bulk of our organization, they couldn’t do it without the efforts of our paid employees. These folks take care of the day to day operations and maintenance to make sure when an emergency happens, we’re ready to respond.
Chief Steve Potts
Chief Steve Potts has been with the URFPD as a volunteer since 1987. He served as interim chief near the end of 2015 before being hired full time in 2016. Chief Potts serves as the executive officer of the fire district and provides managerial direction and leadership to all volunteers/employees of the district
Lieutenant Marc Matlack
Firefighter / EMT
A veteran of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant Marc Matlack was a volunteer firefighter for the URFPD for six years prior to being hired full-time time in 2016. Lt. Matlack is responsible for vehicles and equipment, station upkeep, and administrative support to the chief. He attends BMCC part-time and enjoys spoiling his grandchildren.
Firefighter / EMR
Craig Bensen was a volunteer for the URFPD for three years before being hired in 2018. He currently serves as the recruitment / retention coordinator, training officer, and fire marshal. FF Bensen also oversees our resident intern program.
Lieutenant Zach Wilson
Firefighter / EMR
Lieutenant Zach Wilson has been with the URFPD since 2011 and serves as our maintenance coordinator. He is the owner of Columbia Basin Heating and Cooling. Zach enjoys hunting and spending time with his family.
Firefighter / EMT – Intermediate
Kerri Potts has been a valued member of the URFPD since joining in 1997. She currently serves as our ems coordinator. Kerri is a registered nurse in the emergency room at Good Shepherd Medical Center. She enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends.
Firefighter / EMR
Senior Firefighter Carl Arbogast has been with our department since 2003. He is the owner of Arbogast Cabinets. When not spending time with his family, Carl can be found on his VR flight simulator saving the world.
Jeremy has been an active member of the department since 2014. When not responding to calls, Jeremy can be either found at work driving a semi or driving his boat up and down the river hoping to catch the ‘big one!’
Denise has been an active member of the department since 2015. Employed at Harvest Foods, she is consider the ‘Jill of all Trades’ and can be found busy working in any department. Denise spends most of her free time trying to keep up with her husband and kids.
Cody Boggs has been an active member since joining the department in 2015. Cody takes pride in keeping all of our hand tools in excellent working condition. When not at work for Mr. Insulation, Cody can be found fishing or working on his truck.
Raechel joined us in the fall of 2018. When not working for Umatilla-Morrow Head Start, she enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family.
Jason also joined us in the fall of 2018. He currently works at Tredit Tire and Wheel in Boardman. Jason enjoys working on cars and spending time with his family.
Veronica also joined us in the fall of 2018. She is currently employed at Umatilla Family Health Associates. Veronica spends her free time attending her children’s extracurricular activities and hanging out with family and friends.
Nick started his volunteer firefighting career in 2011 with the Moscow (ID) fire department and UCFD#1 before joining us in late fall of 2018. He currently serves as a supervisor at Lamb Weston in Hermiston. Nick enjoys spending time with his family, the outdoors, and gaming.
Jaime rejoined our department earlier this year. He brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the department. When not driving semi-trucks at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and attending his children’s activities.
Samantha joined our department in July and is eager to learn the medical side of things in the fire department. Samantha enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Kimberley joined our ranks in November – just in time to help with our holiday endeavors. She is anxious to get started on her training and a career as a FF/EMT. When not volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
The Umatilla RFPD is always looking for members. Volunteer Now!