Public Use Restrictions to increase Thursday across Central Oregon

CENTRAL OREGON – With hot and dry conditions expected to continue, an increasing number of wildfires around the northwest, and fire suppression resources already responding to a number of wildfires around Oregon, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland are increasing campfire restrictions this Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018, open fires, including charcoal briquette fires, will be prohibited in all Central Oregon Wilderness Areas:

  • Prineville District: Oregon Badlands, Spring Basin, White River
  • Ochoco National Forest: Mill Creek, Black Canyon, Bridge Creek
  • Deschutes and Willamette National Forests share management of Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Diamond Peak Wilderness areas and the campfire ban includes all land within the Wilderness boundaries on both forests.

Campfires, biomass stoves and charcoal briquette fires are still allowed in the following designated campgrounds:

Crescent Ranger District: Contorta Flat, Contorta Point, Crescent Lake, Simax Group, Spring, Sunset Cove, Trapper Creek, Whitefish Horse Camp, Windy Group Site, Odell Lake Resort and Campground, Princess, Shelter Cove Resort and Campground.

Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District: Big River, Crane Prairie, Cultus Lake, Elk Lake, Fall River, Fall River Guard Station, Gull Point, Lava Lake, Little Cultus Lake, Little Fawn, Little Fawn Group, Little Lava Lake, Mallard Marsh, North Twin, Point, Quinn Meadow Horse Camp, Quinn River, Rock Creek, Sheep Bridge, South, South Twin, West South Twin, Big River Group, Bull Bend, Wyeth, Cinder Hill, East Lake, Little Crater, Newberry Group, Ogden Group, Paulina Lake, Prairie.

Sisters Ranger District: Allen Springs, Allingham, Blue Bay, Camp Sherman, Candle Creek, Cold Spring, Driftwood, Gorge, Graham Corral, Indian Ford, Jack Creek, Link Creek, Lower Bridge, Lower Canyon Creek, Perry South, Pine Rest, Pioneer Ford, Riverside, Scout Lake, Sheep Spring, Smiling River, South Shore, Three Creek Lake, Three Creek Meadow, Three Creek Horse Camp, Whispering Pine.

Paulina Ranger District: Sugar Creek, Wolf Creek, Deep Creek.

Lookout Mtn. Ranger District: Antelope Flat Reservoir, Ochoco Divide, Ochoco Forest, Walton Lake and Wildcat.

Crooked River National Grassland: Skull Hollow and Haystack Reservoir.

Prineville BLM: Campgrounds on the Lower Crooker River – Big Bend, Castle Rock, Still Water, Lone Pine, Palisades, Chimney Rock, Cobble Rock, Post Pile, and Poison Butte.

In addition to campfire restrictions, smoking is restricted to an enclosed vehicle or building, in a designated campground, in boats on lakes and rivers, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material. Portable cooking stoves, propane campfires or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.

Officials want to remind the public that using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks continue to be prohibited on all federal lands.

The Prineville BLM, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland will remain in an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL). The IFPL applies to permitted and industrial operations on federal lands. Commercial and personal use woodcutting is prohibited at this and all higher levels.

IFPL III is considered a “partial shutdown” and restricts the use of chainsaws to loading sites on tractor/skidder operations to between the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Only cable yarding systems that use non-motorized systems are allowed. Industrial welding and mechanized loading operations are also restricted to the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Industrial and permitted operations may request a waiver from the Forest Service or BLM depending on land ownership at the activity location. It is the responsibility of all operators to know and follow the requirements of the current fire precaution level.

More information about both IFPL and Public Use Restrictions can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xUnxc

Public use restrictions help protect the land, resources, and visitors. Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to implement fire restrictions. Every year lightning-caused fires place a heavy demand on our firefighting resources, and put our wildlands, our firefighters, and our communities at risk. Fires caused through carelessness or negligence only increase the threat to life and livelihood, and place an even greater burden on already busy firefighters.  Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.

For current wildfire information, follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire or check the Central Oregon Fire Information blog site http://www.centraloregonfire.org/

 

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SISTERS SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND FIREFIGHTERS COME TOGETHER TO IMPROVE EAST PORTAL SITE AFTER CRIMINAL MISCHIEF DAMAGE

Prepared by Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp

Early this summer, Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the City of Sisters, have been investigating an increase of criminal mischief, trespassing and other criminal activity at the Sisters’ East Portal Interpretive Site. This is located at the intersections of Highways 20 W and 242, just west of downtown sisters. The site, owed by the US Forest Service, includes a parking lot for passenger cars, recreational vehicles, an interpretive kiosk display, and a rest room facility.

In June, Deputies and USFS Law Enforcement Officers began enhanced patrol of the area during the late night hours and contacted teens, transients and hitchhiking campers. While law enforcement presence has reduced the calls for service, the site was littered with human waste, soiled clothing, discarded luggage, broken camping equipment, alcohol containers and drug paraphernalia. Most recently, a city cleaning crew interrupted a transient attempting to light a warming fire inside the bathroom.

Overall, the East Portal Interpretive Site became uninviting and citizens reported felling unsafe approaching the site or using the facilities. Additionally, it was not representative of our Sisters community.

Yesterday, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Sister-Camp Sherman Fire District Firefighters came together and collected a considerable about of trash from the site before washing out the kiosk shelter with soap, brushes and a fire hose.

The site is open to the public and we encourage the public to report any future suspicious activities.The Sheriff’s Office is working with the USFS Sisters Ranger District to improve the security with improved lighting and increased patrols.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is always seeking out ways to make our communities safer and our quality of life for our citizens better. Please contact one of our Deputies, or call our office at 541-388-6655 or on social media with any tips about how we can help prevent and reduce crime in your community.

Public Use Restrictions to start tomorrow across Central Oregon

Public Use Restrictions to start next week across Central Oregon

For Immediate Release

July 20, 2018

CENTRAL OREGON – With hot and dry conditions expected to continue, an increasing number of wildfires around the northwest, and fire suppression resources already responding to a number of wildfires around Oregon, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes National Forest and the Ochoco National Forest, including the Crooked River National Grassland, are implementing campfire restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Level III beginning tomorrow.

Effective 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, open fires, including charcoal briquette fires, will be prohibited, except in the following designated campgrounds:

Crescent Ranger District: Contorta Flat, Contorta Point, Crescent Lake, Simax Group, Spring, Sunset Cove, Trapper Creek, Whitefish Horse Camp, Windy Group Site, Industrial Mushroom Camp (Little Odell Butte), Odell Lake Resort and Campground, Princess, Shelter Cove Resort and Campground.

Bend-Ft. Rock Ranger District: Crane Prairie, Cultus Lake, Elk Lake, Fall River, Fall River Guard Station, Gull Point, Lava Lake, Little Cultus Lake, Little Fawn, Little Fawn Group, Little Lava Lake, Mallard Marsh, North Twin, Point, Quinn Meadow Horse Camp, Quinn River, Rock Creek, Sheep Bridge, South, South Twin, West South Twin, Big River Group, Bull Bend, Wyeth, Cinder Hill, East Lake, Little Crater, Newberry Group, Ogden Group, Paulina Lake, Prairie.

Sisters Ranger District: Allen Springs, Allingham, Blue Bay, Camp Sherman, Candle Creek, Cold Spring, Driftwood, Gorge, Graham Corral, Indian Ford, Jack Creek, Link Creek, Lower Bridge, Lower Canyon Creek, Perry South, Pine Rest, Pioneer Ford, Riverside, Scout Lake, Sheep Spring, Smiling River, South Shore, Three Creek Lake, Three Creek Meadow, Three Creek Horse Camp, Whispering Pine.

Paulina Ranger District: Sugar Creek, Wolf Creek, Deep Creek.

Lookout Mtn. Ranger District: Antelope Flat Reservoir, Ochoco Divide, Ochoco Forest, Walton Lake and Wildcat.

Crooked River National Grassland: Skull Hollow and Haystack Reservoir.

Prineville BLM: Campgrounds on the Lower Crooker River – Big Bend, Castle Rock, Still Water, Lone Pine, Palisades, Chimney Rock, Cobble Rock, Post Pile, and Poison Butte.

These restrictions do not apply to Wilderness areas on the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Prineville BLM.

In addition to campfire restrictions, smoking is restricted to an enclosed vehicle or building, in a designated campground, in boats on lakes and rivers, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is clear of all flammable material. Portable cooking stoves, propane campfires or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.

Officials want to remind the public that using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks continue to be prohibited on all federal lands.

Additionally, the Prineville BLM, Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland will move to an Industrial Fire Precaution Level III (IFPL). The IFPL applies to permitted and industrial operations, including woodcutting, on federal lands.

IFPL III is considered a “partial shutdown” and restricts the use of chainsaws to loading sites on tractor/skidder operations to between the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Only cable yarding systems that use non-motorized systems are allowed. Industrial welding and mechanized loading operations are also restricted to the hours of 8 p.m. to 1 p.m. Industrial and permitted operations may request a waiver from the Forest Service or BLM depending on land ownership at the activity location. It is the responsibility of all operators to know and follow the requirements of the current fire precaution level.

Commercial and personal use woodcutting is prohibited at this and all higher levels.

More information about both IFPL and Public Use Restrictions can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xUnxc

Public use restrictions help protect the land, resources, and visitors. Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to implement fire restrictions. Every year lightning-caused fires place a heavy demand on our firefighting resources, and put our wildlands, our firefighters, and our communities at risk. Fires caused through carelessness or negligence only increase the threat to life and livelihood, and place an even greater burden on already busy firefighters.  Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.

For current wildfire information, follow us on Twitter @CentralORFire or check the Central Oregon Fire Information blog site http://www.centraloregonfire.org/

 

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BIKE SAFETY EVENT

Bike Safety Event

Living in Central Oregon, there are so many great reasons to ride your bicycle.  Community partners want all bicyclists to enjoy the fun, freedom and exercise that bicycling offers.  In order to help our community members bike safely, the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District is planning a bicycle safety event.   The bike event will include bicycle safety inspections by a certified technician and a skill station where participants can ride a cone course.  Participants 16 years or younger, of low-income families, may be able to receive a free helmet while supplies last.  As a reminder, Oregon law requires bicycle riders 16 years and younger to wear a helmet.

The event will be on Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sisters Park and Recreation District parking lot at 1750 W. McKinney Butte Road in Sisters.  The free event will also include face painting, a dunk tank where participants can dunk a firefighter, and popsicles!

Safe Kids Worldwide offers the following tips for riding safely:

  1. Wear a properly-fitted helmet. It is the best way to prevent head injuries and death.
  2. Ride on the sidewalk when you can. If not, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.
  3. Use hand signals and follow the rules of the road. Be predictable by making sure you ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between cars.
  4. Wear bright colors and use lights, especially when riding at night and in the morning. Reflectors on your clothes and bike will help you be seen.
  5. Ride with your children. Stick together until you are comfortable that your kids are ready to ride on their own.

Co-sponsors of the event include: Black Butte Ranch Police Department, Sisters Park and Recreation District, Blazin Saddles, Sisters Family Access Network, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon Department of Transportation and Kiwanis Club of Sisters.

For more information please contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department at 541-549-0771.

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Fire District Launches File of Life Program

 

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District launched a new program last week aimed at helping seniors and emergency care providers in Sisters Country when emergencies happen.  The goal of the File of Life Program is to have important medical information in one location in the event of an emergency.  The information provided in the “file” will help responders provide better care by having your past medical history and any medications you take in a convenient, common location in every household.  Both Cloverdale and Black Butte Ranch Fire Districts are also partners in the new program.

 

Matt Millar, a Fire Medic with the District said, “Emergency medical situations are inherently stressful, both for patients and care providers. Anytime we can come up with ways to minimize that stress it will create an environment on scene that is more conducive to the best possible care. By having an up-to-date and concise record of information pertinent to patient’s history like the File of Life, we improving our ability to deliver the exceptional care our constituents deserve.”

 

On Tuesday, May 8 staff from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District presented the program to area seniors at the weekly senior luncheon at the Sisters Community Church.  Attendees received their File of Life Program packet.  Residents are encouraged to fill it out and place it on (with a magnet provided). or on top of their refrigerator, or in an easy access location for emergency responders.

 

The program is part of the Fire District’s Strategic Plan goal to provide an all-risk senior citizen safety program within the District.

 

For more information or to receive a File of Life Program packet, please contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

 

 

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ERA OF MEGAFIRES: ADDITONAL RESOURCES FOR ATTENDEES

Thank you to everyone who attended the Era of Megafires presentation last night at the Belfry in Sisters.  We had a fantastic turnout of over 155 Sisters residents.  For those of you who asked for more information about fire prevention, fire safety and how to make your home/property more fire safe, we’ve provided the following links:

 

https://fireadapted.org/    Fire Adapted Communities

https://www.nfpa.org   NFPA Firewise

http://www.projectwildfire.org/  Project Wildfire

http://www.firefree.org/  Central Oregon Fire Free

http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/  International Association of Fire Chiefs Ready Set Go Program

https://www.forestsandrangelands.gov/strategy/  National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy

https://disastersafety.org/  Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

https://www.fs.fed.us/fire/prev_ed/index.html  US Forest Service Fire Prevention and Education

https://www.fema.gov/media-library…/how_to_prepare_wildfire_033014_508.pdf  Fema- How To Prepare For A Wildfire

http://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/pages/fireprevention.aspx  State of Oregon Fire Prevention

FIRE DISTRICT INVITES POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS TO DISTRICT TRAINING PROGRAM ORIENTATION

Sisters Country residents, who may be interested in wildland or structural firefighting volunteer opportunities, are invited to an orientation of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District’s upcoming recruit academy slated to begin on April 16.

 

The orientation and tour of District facilities will be offered in two separate sessions.  You only need to attend one session.  Orientation will be held at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Community Hall on Saturday, March 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. or Wednesday, March 14 from 6 – 8 p.m.

 

Volunteer Coordinator for the District, Captain Jeff Liming will give a short presentation on what is expected of a District volunteer, review training guidelines/expectations for the recruit academy, provide a tour of the main fire station, and answer any questions regarding the academy and volunteer program.

 

To be eligible to volunteer with the Fire District, an applicant must be at least 18 years old.  There is no need to apply for the volunteer program prior to attending the orientation.  Simply show up and learn about the volunteer opportunities.  Applications will be on hand for those interested.

 

SISTERS-BASED VETERAN’S ORGANIZATION LATEST RECIPIENT OF LIFESAVING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THROUGH FIRE DISTRICT GRANT PROGRAM

Warfighter Outfitters Inc. is the latest recipient of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) through the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District’s AED grant program.  The goal of the grant program is to maximize the survivability rate from incidents of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  One of the best ways to do that is to have as many AED’s as possible deployed throughout our fire district.

Warfighter Outfitters Inc. is a non-profit guide and outfitter providing service to the nation’s veterans on hunting, fishing and engagement trips.  The excursions include anywhere from 2 to over 30 veterans on a trip.  The organization is 100% volunteer based and the trips are funded entirely by donations.   The Fire District grant program covers up to $250 towards the purchase of an AED.  Because Warfighter Outfitters operates on donations only, they needed the full amount of the AED cost covered.  The proposal came before the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire and Ambulance Association Board at their January meeting, and they approved the expenditure of Association funds to cover the remaining portion.

Brett Miller of Warfighter Outfitters said, “With the remote nature of our offerings and the generations of veterans we serve, this AED will not only provide crucial, timely, lifesaving support to anyone on the river or in the woods, but will also provide peace of mind to all those on our trips and those around us on the river. This device is not only available to our veterans, but also the community that will be using the same water or land that we are on, and we always have many veterans who are very well trained with the devices.”

Fire Chief Roger Johnson added, “We are honored to provide this life saving support to veterans who have sacrificed so much for all of us”

For more information about the District’s AED grant program, please call 541-549-0771.

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SISTERS-CAMP SHERMAN FIRE DISTRICT FIREFIGHTER PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District recognized the outstanding achievements of Resident Volunteer Rachelle Beiler by promoting her to the position of Resident Volunteer Lieutenant.  The Resident Volunteer Lieutenant is responsible for supervisory support of resident volunteer firefighters and EMT’s in the District’s resident volunteer college program.  The District provides college scholarships and housing to nine students annually who attend fire science or paramedic courses at Central Oregon Community College.  As a Resident Volunteer Lieutenant, Rachelle will receive a scholarship to study fire service administration through Eastern Oregon University.

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “We are very proud of Rachelle and honored to have her as a member of our leadership team.” Rachelle has been with the District for nearly two years and is studying fire science and paramedicine at Central Oregon Community College.  Rachelle maintains a 4.0 GPA and has attained certification as an EMT, Firefighter 1&2, Apparatus Driver, Hazardous Materials Operations and six national incident management courses.

 

Rachelle discovered Sisters Country in 2015 when she worked as a volunteer at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch East of Sisters.  Rachelle grew up in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania and spent the summer working at the youth ranch.  While not working at the youth ranch, Rachelle signed up to ride along with the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.  She fell in love with the community and fire department and applied the following year for the Resident Volunteer Scholarship program.  Rachelle will remain with the fire district during her four-year scholarship program and will receive certification as an Oregon and National Registry Paramedic and receive a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Fire Service Administration.

 

 

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Winter Fire Safety Tips

More fires happen in the winter months than any other time of the year. During the cold months, we spend more time indoors and use different methods to heat our homes.

It is important to keep fire safety in mind when you are heating your home.

If you are using a portable heater:

  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Keep anything that can burn such bedding, clothing and curtains at least 3 feet from the heater.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into wall outlets. Never use an extension cord or power strip.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

If you are using a fireplace:

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out and starting a fire.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home put the fire out completely.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid. Store the container outside at least 3 feet from your home.

If you are using a wood stove:

  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from the stove.
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home, put the fire out completely.

 

When heating your home, you need to be aware of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental CO poisoning from generators or fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fire places. Breathing CO at high levels can kill you.

 

Put CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of increasing CO levels. These alarms should be placed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.

As always, make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test your alarms every month. Have a home fire escape plan and practice your plan at least twice a year. Make sure everyone knows how to escape your home if there is a fire.

For more information on heating fire safety, go to the U.S. Fire Administration.

TWO STRUCTURE FIRES IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS DAMAGE TWO SISTERS HOMES

Date of First Incident: 12/9/2017

Time of Alarm: 1:04 p.m.

Address: 250 N Cedar Street

 

Quick reaction by bystanders and an immediate response by Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District kept a wall fire at a duplex from spreading to the entire unit.  Bystanders noticed the fire in an exterior wall of the duplex and called 911.  The bystanders evacuated the residents and put water on the fire in the wall while the fire department responded.    When firefighters arrived on scene they found fire smoldering in an exterior wall and used a chainsaw to remove the exterior siding and water was applied until the fire was extinguished.  Improperly stored ashes on a wood deck were believed to be the cause of the fire which caused an estimated $2500 in damage to the unit.  Ashes should be disposed of in a tightly covered metal container.  The container should be placed outdoors, at least ten feet from the home and any other nearby buildings. Ashes may retain heat for days after they appear to be out.

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded with four emergency vehicles and eight personnel.  Additional units from Black Butte Ranch and Cloverdale Fire Districts also responded to the fire but were canceled prior to arrival.

 

Date of Second Incident: 12/10/2017

Time of Alarm: 3:37 a.m.

Address: 69318 Lariat

 

A renter inside a home in Tollgate early Sunday morning smelled smoke and noticed the roof was glowing inside the home.  The occupants of the home evacuated and called 911.  Fire units were dispatched to a chimney fire, but during their initial response received additional information that the fire was coming out of the roof.  When firefighters arrived on scene flames were visible on the roof surrounding the chimney.  Inside the home, the ceiling had visible fire in the area surrounding the chimney.  The fire was quickly knocked down from both the interior and exterior of the home but firefighters had to work with chain saws to extinguish the fire still smoldering in the void spaces in the rafters.

 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but is believed to be related to the woodstove, which was in use at the time of the fire.   Captain Ast said “the renters had only been living in the house for a couple months, but their landlord advised the chimney had just been cleaned prior to their moving in.”

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded with ten personnel and four emergency response vehicles.  Black Butte Ranch and Cloverdale Fire Districts also responded with units and personnel assisting at the scene.  The damage to the home was estimated at $26,000.

 

For more information please contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

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Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Receives Distinguished Budget Award

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its 2017-2018 budget.  The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is the highest award in governmental budgeting. This is the second year in a row the District has received this award and is one of only a handful of fire districts in Oregon receiving the award in 2017.

 

In order to receive the budget award, the District had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.  The guidelines are designed to assess how well the District’s budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.  The budget document must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories to receive the award.

 

District Finance Manager Kay Johnson was also recognized with a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Preparation.  The award is presented by the GFOA to those individuals who have been instrumental in their government unit achieving a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. Johnson works with fire department staff to prepare the annual budget which is then approved by a citizens’ budget committee.  The budget is then finally adopted by the elected board of directors.

 

For more information about the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District or to view the 2017-2018 budget visit their website at www.sistersfire.com.

 

 

 

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Child Car Seat Checkup Event November 10

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District will be conducting a child car seat checkup event on Friday, November 10 from 10 am to 2 pm. The event will be held at the fire station at 301 S. Elm Street in Sisters. Nationally certified car seat technicians will check the child’s seat for recalls, proper fit in the vehicle, and proper fit with the child. Caregivers will then be assisted in installing their child’s seat properly. Please plan to bring your child or children and allow approximately 20 minutes for each seat.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children in the United States. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 %. Most car seats are either installed incorrectly, or do not fit the child properly. All children under 4’9” in height should ride in a car seat, with a few exceptions. This can include children as old as 8 years in age.

 

Please call the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire station at 541-549-0771 if you have questions.

FIRE DISTRICT MAKES IMPROVEMENTS TO LOCUST STREET TRAINING SITE

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District has recently made upgrades to its Locust Street training site in Sisters allowing firefighters a safe place to train. The property, located on South Locust Street near the City of Sisters sewer treatment plant is approximately four acres and was acquired in 2013 through an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Sisters.

 

As part of the long-range site plan filed with the City of Sisters, the District has completed several improvements.  The property was cleaned up and dead trees removed, new screening trees were planted, a shielding berm was installed and most recently one of the four acres was paved with asphalt.

 

For years, fire district personnel have trained either in the back lot of the fire station or in outlying areas of the City such as the industrial park or Pine Meadow Ranch area.  However, those areas have become increasingly difficult to use because of increased development and traffic.  Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “It’s important for us to have a training location that is close to town and safe for firefighters and the public.  This site fulfills both requirements”.  Firefighters participating in training exercises must maintain their availability to respond to actual emergencies at any time. The Locust Street site is close to town and will provide for rapid response to 911 calls when emergencies occur. The location of the training site also allows for mutual aid agencies such as Black Butte Ranch Fire District and Cloverdale Fire District to participate in multi-agency training.

 

Training props designed to simulate a building’s roof and floor system are located at the site which allows firefighters to practice cutting holes in roofs and floors.  Future plans for the site include adding a small structure to conduct live fire training exercises and adding a fire hydrant to the property.  Having the ability to train with live fire in a controlled environment is critical for firefighters.  In the past, homes were often donated to the fire department for training.  With rising property values many of the homes that were once donated are now being remodeled.  The training site will also be used to conduct driver training and automobile extrication courses.

 

For more information please contact the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

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Halloween Carnival & Safety Tips

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2017

Contact: Julie Spor, Public Information Officer

541-549-0771

 

ANNUAL HALLOWEEN EVENT AT THE FIRE STATION

The Sisters community children and families are invited to a howling good time at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Station from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. Come check out our new carnival games and – if you dare – venture into the haunted maze at the annual Halloween event. There will be refreshments, prizes, and candy for all the trick-or-treaters. Grab your friends and join the volunteers for a screaming fun time! For more info call 541-549-0771 or visit www.sistersfire.com.

 

HALLOWEEN SAFETY

 

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween experience, please review the following safety tips:

 

  1. When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
  2. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  3. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candles in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  4. Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes
  5. Tell children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)
  6. If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics also offers the following safety tips for children when making neighborhood rounds trick-or-treating.  Keep in mind a responsible adult should always accompany young children.

 

  1. Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  1. If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  2. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  3. Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    1. Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
    2. Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
    3. Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
    4. Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    5. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    6. Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    7. Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
    8. Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!

Taking simple safety precautions like those listed above, including keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns, can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun!

 

References:

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/halloween-safety/halloween-safety-tips

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx

 

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Campfire Restrictions Lifted

September 19, 2017

 

For Immediate Release

 

CONTACT:     Roger Johnson

Central Oregon Fire Chief’s Association

Sisters Camp Sherman Fire District

541-549-0771

 

Central Oregon Fire Chiefs lift recreational fire restrictions

 

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) will lift the restrictions on recreational fires and campfires on Wednesday September 20th, 2017.  The Fire Chiefs from all firefighting agencies including municipal and rural fire departments, the US Forest Service, the BLM and Oregon Department of Forestry have agreed due to the weather pattern changes, each jurisdiction will allow outdoor recreational fires and campfires. This is due to the consistently cooler nights and reduced fire activity around the Central Oregon region.

 

Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to lift fire restrictions. Local fire officials want to remind residents that even with the change in the weather wildfires are still possible. All recreational fires and campfires should be cold to the touch when not being watched. Outdoor debris burning is still not allowed in any fire districts.

 

“With the ease in fire restrictions, we still ask residents to be patient and vigilant in preventing wildfires,” Chief Roger Johnson explains. “Until Central Oregon sees sustained fall weather, the Central Oregon Fire Chief’s agree that debris burning will remain closed due to the continued fire risk.”

 

Residents are also encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for specifics or any regulations on the use of chain saws, warming fires, BBQs or ATVs.

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Central Oregon Fire Chief’s Implement Increased Fire Restrictions

With increased fire activity and an influx of visitors coming to Central Oregon for the solar eclipse, the Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) will be banning recreational fires/campfires on private lands within all the fire districts in the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties.

 

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on August 11, campfires, including charcoal and pellet fires, will no longer be allowed. This is consistent with campfire restrictions on public lands. Portable cooking stoves or lanterns using liquefied or bottled fuel may be used in all areas.

 

The tri-county Fire Chief’s carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture, and predicted weather before making the decision to ban open fires. With the heavy demand on our firefighting resources in addition to the hundreds of thousands of visitors projected to visit Central Oregon for the solar eclipse, every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.

 

“In an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires during the eclipse, the Fire Chief’s in the region feel banning recreational fires and campfires is the sensible thing to do”, said Matt Smith, Fire Chief, Crook County Fire & Rescue, and Chair of Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

 

Residents are strongly encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for additional burning information and regulations. All Central Oregon fire departments and rural fire districts will continue to monitor weather and fuel moisture conditions in their district and may make modifications on a day-to-day basis.  Please call your local outdoor burning information line for your current conditions. If conditions become dryer, individual agencies may choose to close local burning sooner. Fire agencies will monitor fuels and fire conditions throughout the summer and anticipate the opening of burn season again in late fall.

 

For a full list of the local Fire Districts visit COFCA’s webpage.

 

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Fireworks – Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe!

Fireworks – Keep it Legal, Keep it Safe The Office of State Fire Marshal, Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, the Pacific Northwest Wildfire Coordination Group, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to “Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe” when using fireworks. The 2017 Oregon fireworks sales season opens Friday, June 23 and runs through Thursday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners want everyone to know what fireworks are legal in Oregon, where they are permitted, and the important steps to take for fireworks safety.

“I want to remind all Oregonians that consumer legal fireworks can only be purchased from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands,” says State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. “And, regulations limit where those fireworks may be used.

July 4th holiday forest visitors are advised to leave all fireworks at home. The use of fireworks is prohibited on all national forestland, and most other public lands. “Fireworks compound the threat to already dry forests,” states Keep Oregon Green President Kristin Babbs. “Enjoy fireworks where they belong: on the pavement- safely away from houses, vehicles, and flammable vegetation.”

Oregon law prohibits possession, use, or sale of any firework that flies into the air, explodes, or travels more than 12 feet horizontally on the ground, without a permit issued by the OSFM. Fireworks commonly called bottle rockets, Roman Candles, and firecrackers are illegal in Oregon, without a permit.

There were 192 reported fireworks-related fires in Oregon during 2016, resulting in more than $519,000 in property damage. Over the past five years, from 2012 through 2016, there were 944 reported fireworks related fires in Oregon resulting in one death and more than $2.1 million in property damage. – more – Oregon State Police Office of State Fire Marshal 3565 Trelstad Rd. SE Salem, OR 97317-9614 503- 378-3473 503- 373-1825 fax E-mail: Oregon.sfm@state.or.us www.oregon.gov/osp/sfm OREGON Kate Brown, Governor Officials may seize illegal fireworks and fine offenders up to $500 per violation. Those who misuse fireworks or allow fireworks to cause damage are liable and may be required to pay fire suppression costs or other damage. Parents are also liable for fireworks damage caused by their children.

“All Oregonians share the responsibility to use only consumer legal fireworks and use them carefully,” adds Walker. And we encourage you to be aware and considerate of neighbors and their pets, before deciding on when and where you choose to light fireworks.”

The OSFM encourages everyone to use the four B’s of safe fireworks use:  Be Prepared before lighting fireworks: keep water available by using a garden hose or bucket.

 Be Safe when lighting fireworks: keep children and pets away from fireworks.

 Be Responsible after lighting fireworks: never relight a dud. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water before disposal.

 Be Aware: use only legal fireworks and use them only in legal places.

The four B’s of fireworks safety brochure is available here: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/4BesFireworks.pdf.

Tips in Spanish are also available at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/docs/Licensing_permits/fireworks/Fireworks_4Bs_Spanish.pdf.

LONG TIME FIRE DISTRICT DIRECTOR DON BOYD RETIRES

 

Long-time Director for the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, Don Boyd is retiring from the Board when his term expires at the end of June 2017.

 

Director Boyd began his service on the Budget Committee for the District in the 90’s where he served several terms for the organization.  In April 2002 Don was appointed to the Board and served off and on until 2005 when he was elected for the position and has served until his retirement at the end of June 2017.

 

Don has worked with three different Fire Chiefs including: Chief Don Rowe, Chief Taylor Robertson and now Chief Roger Johnson.   As a Director, he oversaw the $2.5 million dollar bond measure go on the ballot for a remodel and new construction of the District’s main fire station and the subsequent completion and move-in as well as many operational and administrative changes during his time on the Board.  Don takes pride in his financial responsibility for the District and has reviewed thousands of checks over the years and has been very active in the budget process including serving on the District’s internal Budget Committee, which is responsible for preparing the budget document for the formal Budget Committee each year.  Director Boyd expressed hope that his successor (and other members of the Board) would participate in the internal Budget process in his absence and be very prudent and wise with the budget.

Director Boyd said “Two key ingredients contribute to our success: Having the ability to attract elite people to fill every position and, we have the very best people. Also, having an adequate budget to help provide the necessary facilities and equipment is important, and, thanks to the good people of Sisters Country, we have what we need.”

Don said, “I feel very blessed to have served with all of you in helping make SCSFD the very best.”

The Board of Directors presented Don with a plaque on behalf of the Board, the members and citizens of the Fire District at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 20.

 

Board President Chuck Newport said, “Don Boyd’s 15 years of service to the Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD and the community of Sisters has been invaluable.  His dedication and attention to detail has helped steer this District to become one of the most recognized small Districts in the State, and a pride of the Sisters community.  The Board and Staff extend a heart-felt thank you to Don and wish him and his wife Joyce the best.”

 

Director Boyd’s position will be filled by Jack McGowan who was elected to the position in May.

 

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SIX NEW LIFESAVING MEDICAL DEVICES PLACED AROUND SISTERS COUNTRY

Five area businesses and one church recently applied for, and were awarded, grant money from the Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District for the purchase of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

 

The goal of the grant program was to maximize the survivability rate from incidents of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).  One of the best ways to do that is to have as many AED’s as possible deployed throughout our fire district.  The grant recipients are: Three Creeks Brewing Company, Shepard of the Hills Lutheran Church, Metabolic Maintenance Products, Green Ridge Physical Therapy, Sisters Bunkhouse and Suttle Lodge and Boathouse.

 

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an abrupt loss of heart function. It is a leading cause of death in the U.S.  An AED is a lightweight, portable device which can deliver an electric shock through the chest to the heart, which in many cases, will restore normal heart function.

 

Once the AED is installed at these businesses, the AED location will be entered into PulsePoint and anyone with the PulsePoint App (available in Google Play or the App Store) will be alerted to sudden cardiac arrests in their immediate vicinity, so that CPR can be started in the critical lifesaving minutes before EMS teams arrive.   More information regarding PulsePoint can be found at http://www.pulsepoint.org/.

 

Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “We are honored to have these businesses and church as our community partners in life safety. I think it shows how much they care about their customers, employees and congregations.” The fire district contributed 25% of the purchase price of the AED’s and the businesses contributed the remaining 75%.

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District offers monthly CPR/AED classes for community members and we strongly recommend attending the training.

 

For more information about CPR/AED classes, contact the Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District online at www.sistersfire.com or call (541) 549-0771.

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Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Announce Seasonal Burning Closure of Sunset on May 31, 2017

The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association (COFCA) has announced the date of closing for residential and private lands open debris burning across the tri-county region in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties.  Fire Chiefs from the local municipal and rural fire departments, along with State and Federal partners have determined due to existing environmental conditions this year that outdoor burning of debris and agricultural burns on private lands will close as of sunset on May 31, 2017.

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Chief Roger Johnson strongly urges homeowners to prepare their property for the upcoming fire season now before there is smoke on the horizon. Fortunately, there are alternatives to burning yard debris. The spring FireFree events in Deschutes and Jefferson counties provides this opportunity for local residents to dispose of their debris inexpensively and legally. The FireFree days will begin on June 2 and 3, 2017 for Sisters area residents and will be available for selected dates during the month in numerous locations to all Central Oregon residents.

 

Central Oregon Fire Chief’s federal partners (US Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management) will still be performing prescribed burns throughout the region in preparation of fire season even after burn season closes on private lands. These prescribed burns will be conducted under carefully planned conditions such as: with federal fire resources, professional fire managers and firefighters on scene, favorable weather conditions and carefully planned land plots. These prescribed burns improve forest health and reduce the forest fuels in order to lower the wildfire risk to our communities that is ever present later in the season when the conditions are even more extreme.

 

Residents are strongly encouraged to contact their local fire protection agencies for additional burning information and regulations. All Central Oregon fire departments and rural fire districts will continue to monitor weather and fuel moisture conditions in their district and may make modifications on a day-to-day basis.  Please call your local outdoor burning information line for your current conditions. If conditions become dryer, individual agencies may choose to close local burning sooner.

 

For More Information Contact:

 

Black Butte Ranch Fire District

541-595-2288 office

www.blackbutteranchfire.com

 

Cloverdale Rural Fire Protection District

541-389-2345 office

541-548-4815 burn information

www.cloverdalefire.com

 

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District

541-549-0771 office

541-549-2333 burn information

www.sistersfire.com

 

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SISTERS-CAMP SHERMAN FIRE DISTRICT OFFERS FREE HELMETS TO SISTERS AREA KIDS

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District received a $200 grant from the Sisters Kiwanis Community Service Foundation to provide bicycle helmets to Sisters area children who are in need of one.  With the grant funding, the Fire District was able to purchase 28 bicycle helmets sized toddler through extra-large.

Safe Kids Oregon reports that every two minutes, a child is treated in an emergency room for an unintentional cycle-related incident.  Helmet use is the most effective way to reduce bicycle-related fatalities.   In Oregon all children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.  Using a helmet can reduce the risk of serious head injury in children by 78%.

Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “This is a great partnership with Kiwanis, whose mission is serving the children of the world, and the fire district where we are focused on preventing injuries in our community”.

For more information, or to have your child fitted for a free helmet, please contact the Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District at (541) 549-0771 or stop by 301 S. Elm Street in Sisters.  Helmets will be provided at no charge while supplies last.

 

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FIRE DISTRICT TO PROVIDE AREA SCHOOL CHILDREN SUN EXPOSURE BRACELETS

Recently, members of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District and a few community members gathered together to make 511 bracelets in honor of Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Volunteer Firefighter Michael McLaughlin who passed away in November from lung cancer.

 

The “Michael’s Awareness Bracelet” is made with suede string and UV beads.  The beads are white when you’re inside and when they are exposed to UV rays from the sun; they change from semi-clear to bright colorful beads.  The purpose of the bracelet is to get your attention and remind you of the importance of putting on sun protection.  The solar beads were donated by Karen McLaughlin and the suede string was purchased through donations to the Fire District Association’s Michael McLaughlin fund.

 

The idea for the project came when hospital volunteers were giving out plastic bags filled with a bracelet, a small bottle of sunscreen and a note about protecting yourself from sun damage while Michael was at St. Charles Cancer Treatment Center for one of his radiation treatments.  Michael brought a few of the bags home and said that he’d really like to get this type of sunscreen awareness out to the kids in the Sisters Community through the Fire District.  His plan was to work on the project while he was going through treatment.  Unfortunately, the treatment Michael was going through drained his energy and made him too sick to see the project through before he passed away.  His wife Karen and Association President Angel Thorsvold got together, came up with a plan, coordinated a work party and it all came together.

 

Fire District volunteers plan to give the bracelets to each child attending area schools, including: Sisters Elementary, Sisters Christian Academy and Black Butte School at their end of the year Spray the Kids Event.  This is an annual event where Sisters-Camp Sherman and Cloverdale Fire Departments attend the field day on the last day of school and use water from a fire truck to make a large, wide water stream for school kids to run through to mark the end of the school year.

 

Michael’s wife Karen said, “Through the coordinated effort of the Sisters firefighter community, Michael got his wish to bring awareness to the youngest, the importance of skin protection.”

 

Karen also wanted to thank the Sisters community, friends and family for donating over $3,000 to her fundraiser for “Reach the Beach”.  This is the American Lung Association’s second largest national fundraising event.  It is for an annual road cycling event starting in Portland and finishing at Pacific City.  Karen and Michael had done this race several times before.  Karen said, “Michael told me when he was going through his toughest treatment that if he survived this cancer he was going to volunteer to help the sick.  I can’t help but feel that through the donations made in his honor and the American Lung Association Cause, that he got his wish, to help the sick!”

 

 

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