Apply for an AED Grant

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Grant money is now available for the purchase of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) within 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.

More information is available at https://www.sistersfire.com/2017/01/aed-grant-money-available/.

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

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.

Refinance of District’s 2007 General Obligation Bond will Save Taxpayers $195,000.00

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District recently completed the process of issuing a general obligation refunding bond to lower the interest expense on the District fire station.  District taxpayers approved the issuance of bonds to fund the construction of the headquarters fire station in 2007.  Annual interest rates on the bonds issued in 2007 were 4.5%. Recently, interest rates have fallen to the point that it made sense for the District to seek proposals to issue refunding bonds to lower the cost for District residents.  David Ulbricht with Special Districts Association of Oregon Advisory Services guided the District through the process.  Six proposals were received by the District and Columbia State Bank was determined to have provided the best proposal with an annual interest rate of 1.87%.  The total savings for District residents is estimated to be $195,000 over the next 11 years.

 

District residents pay a property tax to fund the cost of the principal and interest on the bonds.  The amount of property tax levied each year to service the bond debt should be less for District residents as a result of the bond sale. Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District Board President Chuck Newport said, “Our staff and Board of Directors are always looking for opportunities to be more efficient with property tax revenue and this was a logical option for us”. Fire Chief Roger Johnson said, “We felt that the current interest rates were at risk of increasing and it would be in the best interest of the District residents to act now”.  The total amount of refunding bonds issued were $1.88 million.

Annual Halloween Party and Safety Tips!

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ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE FIRE STATION

Spooks, goblins, and kids are invited to a howling good time at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Station from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 31.

Come play 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. Continue reading

National Wildfire Preparedness Day!

Second annual Wildfire Preparedness Day community event will be Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 a.m to Noon at the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District main fire station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters.  Local fire agency professionals will speak on the upcoming wildfire season and talk about how homeowners can defend their property from wildfire.  Questions – please contact Fire Safety Manager Gary Marshall at 541-549-0771.

Community Easter Egg Hunt!

Children from infant to eleven years of age are invited to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt co-sponsored by the Sisters-Camp Sherman and Cloverdale Fire Departments. The event will take place on Easter Sunday, April 5th at 1 p.m. at the adjoining Creekside and Three Sisters Overnight Parks, regardless of weather. The Easter Bunny will be present to greet all.

Parking is limited, so plan to arrive early. Children wishing to participate are asked to be at the parks at 12:40 p.m. so they can be divided into the appropriate age groups. Children are divided into the following groups: Infant to 2 years old will be in the red area, 3-5 years old will be in the yellow area, 6-8 years old will be in the blue area and 9-11 years old will be in the white area.

Please be prompt, the eggs disappear fast!

Any questions should be directed to the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire Department at (541) 549-0771

Park addresses are:

Creekside Park – 657 East Jefferson Avenue, Sisters, Oregon.

Three Sisters Overnight Park – 701 East Hwy 20, Sisters, Oregon

Car Seat Check Clinic

Next car seat check clinic is scheduled for Thursday, February 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Sisters-Camp Sherman main fire station at 301 South Elm Street in Sisters, Oregon.  Call 541-549-0771 for more information.  This event is free to the public.

Door-to-Door Smoke Alarm Day

On Saturday, January 24, the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District conducted a door-to-door smoke alarm and fire safety information day in the southwest area of Sisters. 38 smoke alarms were installed, and 14 batteries replaced, free of charge. 8 homes visited did not have any working smoke alarms. Fire safety material was provided for almost 100 homes. Funding for the project was provided by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Smoke alarms were checked for proper placement, age, and function. It is recommended that smoke alarms are installed on each floor of a residence, in the areas leading to bedrooms, and in each bedroom. Manufacturers recommend replacing smoke alarms every 10 years to ensure proper function. If an alarm is older than 10 years, it may still function, but is less reliable than a new alarm. The oldest alarm found was manufactured in 1983.

If an alarm was connected to the home wiring, it was checked for age and battery maintenance. The program did not provide wired alarms, but the battery was changed if it had not been in the last year. If the alarm did not work, a battery-operated alarm was provided for use until a new wired alarm was installed by the homeowner.

The most recent statistics the State Fire Marshal’s Office indicate that in 2013 there were 3,780 structure fires in Oregon, which resulted in 33 civilian deaths and 179 injuries. Heating and cooking were the leading causes of fires. Of the fires reported, smoke alarms were present in 85% of the residential structures, but only 52% actually operated. Of the 48% that failed to operate, 50% either did not have a battery, or they had not been properly maintained and were no longer working.

The Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District has more free smoke alarms available. If you would like your smoke alarms checked, or feel that you need them replaced, please contact the fire district at 541-549-0771.