HOLIDAY PLANNING NEEDS TO INCLUDE FIRE PREVENTION AND SAFETY

News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: December 11th, 2017 10:18 AM

With the holiday season in full swing, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker urges citizens to remember fire prevention when decorating and entertaining.

From 2012 through 2016, Oregon fire agencies reported there were 3,510 residential fires during the holiday period from November 22 through January 15. These fires were reported to have resulted in 14 deaths, 194 injuries, and more than $61.2 million in property loss.

“This season is a busy and exciting time of year, but don’t let that distract you from keeping your family and friends safe from fire,” says Walker. “By following a few important prevention tips for Christmas trees, decorations, and candles, you can help ensure your holidays remain happy.”

Tree care and decorating tips:
* Choose a fresh, healthy tree with a deep-green color and flexible needles.
* When you get the tree home, cut off the bottom two inches of the trunk. This creates a fresh, raw cut for the tree to soak up water.
* Water your tree daily. A tree may consume between a quart and a gallon of water per day.
* Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, space heater, heating vent, baseboard heater, or radiator.
* Use only noncombustible or flame resistant materials to trim a tree.
* Always unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* If using a woodstove or fireplace, keep it screened at all times. Keep ribbons, boughs, and other decorative materials at least three feet away.
* After the holiday season or whenever your tree dries out, promptly dispose of it and other dry greenery. Burning a tree in a stove or fireplace is extremely dangerous; proper disposal includes recycling or pick-up by a disposal service.
* Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace or wood stove. Wrapping paper burns at higher temperatures than wood and can cause a chimney fire.

Electrical safety
* Maintain your holiday lights. Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets.
* Do not overload electrical sockets. Do not link more than three light strands, unless the manufacturer’s directions indicate it is safe.
* Protect electrical cords from damage. To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, placed under rugs, located near heat sources or attached by nails or staples.
* Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations used outdoors are marked for outdoor use.

Candle safety
* Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look and smell like real candles.
* Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles when you go to bed, leave a room, or before leaving the house.
* Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn. Keep candles at least one foot from combustibles including clothing, curtains, upholstered furniture, greenery, and decorations.
* Always use a sturdy non-combustible (metal, glass, or ceramic) candleholder. If a sturdy non-combustible candleholder is not available, the candle can be placed on a non-combustible plate.
* Place candles out of reach of small children and pets.
* Avoid candles with items embedded in them such as twigs, flowers, or leaves. These items can ignite or even explode.
* Always use a flashlight — not a candle — for emergency lighting.

General fire safety
* Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources.
* For increased protection, have working smoke alarms on every level of your home (including the basement), in each bedroom, and in the hallway outside each bedroom.
* Make a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family and any overnight guests.
* Keep escape routes clear of clutter so you can escape quickly in case of fire.

For more information on fire safety visit: http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/com_ed_section.aspx

Contact Info:
Rich Hoover
Public Information Officer
Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
Oregon State Police
503-934-8217 desk
504-370-0033 pager
richard.hoover@state.or.us

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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OREGON STATE FIRE MARSHAL SENDS EQUIPMENT AND PERSONNEL TO ASSIST WITH CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

News Release from Oregon State Fire Marshal
Posted on FlashAlert: December 6th, 2017 8:42 AM

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, has activated its Agency Operations Center and 10 strike teams with equipment and personnel who are enroute to assist with the latest wildfires in California.

California fire officials submitted a request asking for assistance yesterday evening from Oregon. The OSFM activated its emergency mobilization plan, sending out the request for assistance to all Oregon fire agencies.

“Oregon fire agencies have again answered the call and we are honored to assist our neighbors for the second time this year, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. “California helped us with the fires in southern Oregon this year, we assisted them in October and I am proud that we can again assist them in their time of need.”

California made the request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact a national state-to-state mutual aid system. The EMAC request is sent directly to Oregon Emergency Management who contact and coordinate with the appropriate Oregon agency to fulfill the requests.

Oregon county fire defense board chiefs have activated 10 strike teams that are enroute from the following counties: Lane, Multnomah, Washington, Linn, Marion, Clackamas, Klamath, Yamhill, a combined team from Polk, Linn, and Benton counties, and a team from the Rogue Valley area.

Five additional strike teams are being ordered and will be enroute later today.

Contact Info:
Rich Hoover
Public Information Officer
Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
Oregon State Police
503-934-8217 desk
504-370-0033 pager
richard.hoover@state.or.us

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES UNDERWAY AT SISTERS-CAMP SHERMAN FIRE DISTRICT

Volunteers in the greater Sisters area are once again celebrating the holiday season with several activities during the next two months including the Sisters Christmas Parade, holiday lights display, Spirit of Christmas gift drive and community Christmas dinner at the fire station.

 

The Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire & Ambulance Association is sponsoring the annual “Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree” to provide Christmas gifts to families in need in Sisters Country this holiday season.  We expect to serve close to 250 families this year.

 

Gifts are available to children age newborn to seniors in high school of low-income families who live within the Sisters or Black Butte School Districts.  Applications for the program are available to be picked up now at the following locations: Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District, Kiwanis Club and the FAN office in Sisters.  Applications are due by Friday, November 17 at 5 p.m. in order to receive a gift.  Please get your applications in early so your request can be filled.

 

The Association is collecting new unwrapped gifts at the Main Fire Station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters.  There will be “Spirit of Christmas Giving Trees” at Sisters Ray’s Food Place, Sisters Bi-Mart, Black Butte Ranch Post Office and Black Butte Ranch Police Department by November 18.  Last year we launched a new virtual “Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree” and plan to have that option available again this yearOn our District website at www.sistersfire.com you will be able to pick a tag and help make Christmas a little more special for a Sisters family in need right from the comfort of your home or from anywhere you have internet access.

 

Volunteers encourage you to pick a gift tag for a child from one of the trees and purchase specific gifts requested by the families rather than just donating a non-specific gift.  For those folks that would like to participate in the program, but are unable to purchase a specific gift, we will also accept cash donations.  Cash donations are tax deductible and will go toward gift buyingCash donations can be made at the main fire station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters, by mail at PO Box 1509, Sisters, Oregon or on our website at www.sistersfire.comThe deadline for gift donations is Friday, December 1.  The tags that are not filled by the community will be filled by Fire District volunteer shoppers using donated funds, which mean that no qualifying child gets left without a gift.

 

If you haven’t seen the Christmas lights display at the main fire station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters, be sure to drive by and stop and listen.  The light display is accompanied by music each evening from parade day until after Christmas.

 

On Christmas Day, The Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District and the Sisters-Camp Sherman Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Association would like to invite the public to join us at our Annual Sisters Community Christmas Dinner to be held Christmas day at 1 p.m. in the Sisters Fire Station Community Hall located at 301 South Elm Street, Sisters, Oregon. Everyone in the community is welcome and no reservation is required.

 

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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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.

INTERAGENCY WILDLAND TRAINING BURN SET FOR TOMORROW

29 wildland firefighter trainees from 11 different agencies will participate in a live, wildfire training burn tomorrow near Sisters to learn the basics of firefighting and also as part of an effort to increase interagency cooperation between the agencies.  Deputy Chief Tim Craig of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District said, “Training opportunities like this are invaluable for our personnel. We work very closely with our partnering agencies on real incidents, so it only makes sense for us to train together as well. ”

 

This group of firefighters is all part of a joint firefighter training academy from USFS Sisters Ranger District, Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), Sisters-Camp Sherman, Black Butte, Cloverdale, Crooked River Ranch, Redmond, Sunriver, Alfalfa and Bend Fire Departments.

 

The training will take place about three miles west of Sisters near the intersection of the 15 and 1520 roads.  The total acreage to be burned is just one acre, but will provide entry-level trainees the opportunity to learn the basics of wildland firefighting including: pulling progressive hose lines, digging fire line, extinguishing live fire and mop up operations.  For the more experienced firefighter’s who will be onsite, the burn provides the opportunity to train to a higher level such as Crew Boss or Task Force Leader.  Fire will be on the ground at 9 a.m. and the entire operation should conclude around 3 p.m.  All fire will be put dead out prior to the trainees leaving the training ground.

 

Fuels specialists overseeing the burn on the Deschutes National Forest will follow policies outlined in the Oregon Department of Forestry smoke management plan, which governs prescribed fires (including pile burning), and attempts to minimize impacts to visibility and public health.

 

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

 

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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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Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Captain Rescued in Death Valley

Three members of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District (Captain Thornton Brown, Captain Jeff Liming and Fire Medic Matt Millar) embarked on a technical canyoneering descent last week in Hades Canyon in Death Valley.  This is said to be perhaps the toughest adventure hike in Death Valley and one which is only for the most experienced and fit canyoneer.  The trip was the second adventure the three firefighters had taken to the area.  Last year they successfully descended Bad Canyon.

 

This area in Death Valley is an arid, desert environment with extreme temperature changes ranging from highs in the upper 80’s this time of year to lows in the 40’s and winds gusting up to 50 mph.  In preparation for this trip, the group spent time reviewing and practicing rappel, rope and anchor techniques, studied topographical maps and journals of previous group trips on this descent, which included pictorials of the types of anchors you might expect to see.  Typical anchors in Hades Canyon are created using streambed boulders.  Having been to the area last year, the group had some experience in planning and had more than enough rope to rappel, retrieval rope plus extra, enough food and water and appropriate clothing to spend a night in the canyon if needed.  The group had also left a note on the dash of the truck at their end point noting that their intent was to be out of the canyon on Thursday night or Friday morning as well as informing friends and family when they should expect phone contact indicating they were out of the canyon.

 

The hike starts at approximately 5,475 feet in elevation at the parking lot, includes 14 rappels and ends near Bad Water at around 200 feet below sea level.   The group started their day in the parking lot around 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, April 13.  They had covered approximately 3,500 feet in elevation and 4 ½ miles of linear distance when around 3:30 p.m. during the fourth rappel; Captain Thornton Brown lost control of a rappel and suffered an approximate 40 foot fall.  He was the first of the three to rappel down.  Fire Medic Millar and Captain Liming were able to communicate with Captain Brown asking him what he thought his injuries were and the other two began their descent down to help him.

 

After Fire Medic Millar and Captain Liming reached Captain Brown, they did a complete assessment and found that the injuries he sustained would prevent him from hiking out on his own.  The group spent time working together to make a decision on whether or not Fire Medic Millar would go out alone to get help or for both Captain Liming and Fire Medic Millar to go out together.  Because Captain Brown’s injuries did not appear life threatening and the group had sufficient water, food and clothing they determined it wasn’t critical for Captain Brown to get out that night.  They decided the biggest potential for something more to go wrong would be for Fire Medic Millar to go out alone in case something happened to him.  The group spent time stabilizing Captain Brown’s injuries and repositioning him below an overhang to protect him from rock fall.  Captain Brown was left with a down jacket, a gallon plus of water and food and the other two members of his team proceeded out of the canyon to get help around 5 p.m.

 

After another four rappels, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Fire Medic Millar and Captain Liming set up a bivy and spent the night in the canyon for safety reasons.  The duo proceeded out of the canyon at first light on Friday, April 14 and contact was made with local emergency services at approximately 11:30 a.m.  The Inyo County Search and Rescue and National Park Service emergency services personnel contacted California Highway Patrol Inland Division Air Operations (H-80) for a hoist rescue immediately after speaking with Fire Medic Millar.  Fire Medic Millar said “a traditional high-angle rope rescue with a ground crew would have been an extraordinarily difficult extrication involving a great deal of trained personnel and multiple days.”

 

CHP H-80 located Captain Brown in what they said was “some of the most inhospitable terrain” their area has to offer.  H-80 worked their way up the canyon to where Captain Brown was positioned and lowered a rescuer from 100 feet to evaluate and package him for a hoist.  The crew of H-80 had Captain Brown on the ground in Furnace Creek in just over four hours of being notified.  Captain Brown was assessed by an ambulance crew and evaluated at the local hospital is Pahrump, Nevada and was able to fly home commercially the next day.

 

Fire Medic Millar said that during the trip, “many lessons were reaffirmed including: hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, be prepared to stay out at night, carry extra water, food and have appropriate clothing and think through and take your time in making critical decisions.”

 

Fire Medic Millar said as an emergency response professional, he “understands how incredibly efficient the response was and has the utmost appreciation for assumed risk that rescue personnel take on with such work.”  The group offered their sincerest thanks and respect to all of the responders for a job well done.

(Photo: from left to right – Captain Brown, Fire Medic Millar and Captain Liming)

 

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AED Grant Program Results

AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR GRANT PROGRAM DECLARED A SUCCESS

 

Over the past two weeks, six area businesses and one church were awarded grant money from the Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District for the purchase of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

 

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.

 

“We’re very excited about the community response to our program,” said District Fire Chief Roger Johnson. “Having more AEDs in public places will go a long way toward increasing a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. I also can’t overemphasize the importance of CPR/AED 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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Structure Fire Damages Sisters Home

Date of incident: 4-12-2017

Time of Alarm: 8:13 A.M.

Address: 16736 Bitterbrush Ln.

 

Quick action by homeowners and a rapid response from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District kept a wall fire from extending to the entire home.  Homeowners Chris and John Zandofsky noticed smoke and flames in the wall near a pellet stove and called 911.  The homeowners used a garden hose to slow the progress of the fire while the fire department responded.  When firefighters arrived they found flames and sparks in the wall and used a chainsaw to gain access to the concealed fire.  Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “We were fortunate someone was home and noticed the fire early”.  Fire damage was limited to 3 foot by 3 foot area where the pellet stove flue passed through the exterior wall of the home.

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District responded with 12 firefighters and six emergency vehicles.  Additional units from Cloverdale Fire District and Black Butte Ranch Fire District also responded to the fire but were cancelled prior to arrival.

Kidde Fire Safety Donates Smoke Alarms to Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District has received a donation of 40 smoke alarms from Kidde Fire Safety.  Kidde’s mission is to provide safety solutions that protect people and property from the effects of fire and its related hazards, and the company is committed to educating families about fire and carbon monoxide safety.

The donation is crucial in helping the District’s Fire Corps members continue their smoke alarm campaign projects within the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.  The latest smoke alarm statistics for Oregon show that in 2014 there were 1,774 injuries and 30 fatalities from residential structure fires. Of the 30 fatalities, in only 3 instances there were working smoke alarms.  http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Comm_Ed/FirePreventionWeek/casualties2005-2014.pdf

Also, according to the Underwriters Laboratory (UL), 40 years ago residents had approximately 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Due to current construction standards and the materials used in the contents of homes today, that number is less than 3 minutes. https://closeyourdoor.org/

The bottom line is that working smoke alarms save lives!

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Fire Corps members are available to assist homeowners with checking their smoke alarms by appointment.  New battery powered alarms are available for free, as well as replacement batteries for wired units.  If your alarms are older than 10 years, they should be replaced.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions about your smoke alarms, please call 541-549-0771.

Fire District to Host Open House!

For Immediate Release:

 

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District will be hosting an open house on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the main fire station located at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters.  Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility, check out the apparatus, and meet local fire and emergency medical response personnel as well as Fire Corps members.  Come see us and get a blood pressure check, learn more about FireMed membership and watch firefighter skills demonstrations including: ladder throws, advancing a charged hose line, donning and doffing personal protective equipment and more.  Staff will be on hand to answer questions, hand out literature and even discuss volunteer opportunities.

 

For more information, contact the administration office at 541-549-0771.

Fire District Receives Improved ISO Rating

For Immediate Release

 Contact: Roger Johnson Fire Chief (541) 549-0771, or 541-430-7395 Cell.

Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Receives New Rating

Residents of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District (District) may see reduced fire insurance rates as a result of a recently completed survey by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).  ISO is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators and others by providing information about risk.  ISO has evaluated and classified over 46,000 fire protection areas across the United States utilizing a standardized fire suppression rating schedule.  ISO assigns a public protection classification (PPC) rating to fire departments on a scale from 1 to 10.  A one is the best rating possible with only 241 departments in the country achieving this rating.  A rating of 10 indicates the department does not meet the minimum criteria for recognition or may have areas of the fire district where homes are located more than five miles from a fire station.

The District received a class 3 rating which places it in the top ten percent of all departments in the United States.  The class 3 rating applies to properties within five miles of a recognized fire station which includes the stations located on Elm Street in Sisters, Buffalo Drive in Squaw Creek Canyon Estates and the Camp Sherman Fire Station.  The District’s previous rating was a split rating of 4/8b with properties having a higher rating if they were located more than 1,000 feet from a fire hydrant.  The new rating provides a flat rate for all properties within five miles of a fire station.  The District also received a new rating for some property owners whose homes are located between five and seven miles from a fire station.  Owners of these properties would have been rated as a class 10 in the past.  The new rating is a 10W which recognizes the Districts ability to reduce property loss during a fire utilizing water tenders to bring water to the fire.

The District was last evaluated in 2013 and has made significant improvements since then.  The District expanded automatic and mutual aid agreements with Cloverdale and Black Butte Ranch Fire Districts, improved training programs and staffing.  The District also received nearly maximum points for its community risk reduction programs.  Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “We are very excited about our new rating and how it may help the residents of the District”.  Johnson also credited the partnerships that were critical in receiving the improved rating, “We have worked very closely with our neighboring agencies to improve services and to integrate our emergency response system”.  The City of Sisters and other community water associations were also a critical factor in the rating.  Forty percent of the overall score is based on the water supply in the community. The new rating becomes effective July 1, 2017.

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AED Grant Money Available!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2017

Contact: Julie Spor, Administrative Assistant
541-549-0771

GRANT MONEY FOR THE PURCHASE OF AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS (AEDs) MADE
AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SISTERS-CAMP SHERMAN FIRE DISTRICT.

Sisters area businesses and organizations can now apply for grant money to purchase an Automatic
External Defibrillator (AED). The grants range from $250-$750.

About Sudden Cardiac Arrest and AED’S
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is an abrupt loss of heart function usually as a result of an abnormal heart
rhythm. It is a leading cause of death in the United States.

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a lightweight, portable device that delivers an electric shock
through the chest to the heart. That shock can stop an irregular heart rhythm and allow normal heart
function to resume.

The American Heart Association estimates that immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and
early defibrillation with an AED can substantially increase a victim’s chance of survival. “Every second
counts when it comes to treating Sudden Cardiac Arrest” according to Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire
District Chief Roger Johnson. “We want to do everything we can in our coverage area to maximize
survivability.”

CPR and AED training is available through the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District. Call (541) 549-0771
for more information or visit our website at www.sistersfire.com to sign up.

How to Apply
Applications for AED grants can be found at https://www.sistersfire.com/home/contact/aed-grant-application/

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.

ANNUAL SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE PROGRAM UNDERWAY!

The Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire & Ambulance Association and the Sisters Kiwanis Club, are sponsoring the annual “Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree” to provide Christmas gifts to families in need in Sisters Country this holiday season.  We expect to serve close to 250 families this year.

 

The Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire & Ambulance Association is collecting new unwrapped gifts at the Main Fire Station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters.  Gifts are available to children age newborn to seniors in high school of low-income families who live within the Sisters or Black Butte School Districts.  There is “Spirit of Christmas Giving Trees” at Sisters Ray’s Food Place, Sisters Bi-Mart and at Black Butte Ranch Post Office and Police Department.  You can pick a gift tag for a child from the tree and purchase specific gifts or bring new generic gifts to the fire station.

 

COMING SOON!!! Follow us on Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) for the go-live date and check back to our website at www.sistersfire.com for a new virtual “Spirit of Christmas Giving Tree”.  You will be able to pick a tag and help make Christmas a little more special for a Sisters family in need right from the comfort of your home or from anywhere you have internet access.

 

Cash donations are also accepted and are tax deductible and will go toward gift buyingCash donations can be made at the main fire station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters, by mail at PO Box 1509, Sisters, Oregon or on our website at www.sistersfire.comThe deadline for gift donations is Wednesday, December 14.  If you have any questions please call the Sisters – Camp Sherman Fire District at 541-549-0771.

 

The Sisters Kiwanis Club is collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for distribution with the Christmas gifts.  If you would like to donate to the Sisters Kiwanis Club please drop by the Kiwanis Food Bank at 225 W. Main Street in Sisters.  Call Naomi Rowe at 541-549-5694 if you have any further questions.