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    FIRE PREVENTION WEEK | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016
Cottage Grove Sentinel
Presents:
SOU T H L ANE F I RE & RES C UE
F IRE C HIEF ' S M ESSAGE - J OHN W OOTEN
Hello,
It is my pleasure to share this news with you
during the 2016 Fire Prevention Week.
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With your help and support, our orga-
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This year’s theme for Fire
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Week is “Don’t Wait-
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Check
the Date!” Smoke detectors
should be replaced every ten years.
If you do not have a working smoke
alarm in your house, please contact
the American Red Cross.
COMMUNITY FIRE
PROTECTION RATING (ISO)
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Thanks to your support of our 2012
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Operational Levy, 2015 Apparatus
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Bond, and ongoing participation in
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our community outreach programs
for f fire prevention, our ISO score was
upgraded from a 5/9 to 2/4/10W. This is
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improvement already resulting
a significant
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in decreased
decreas homeowner’s insurance premi-
ums for many
ma of our customers. Please check
our website link for detailed information on this
improvement.
The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rates fire
departments on their ability to deliver service and
scores based on several categories. SLCFR is now in
an elite group of fire departments/districts nation-
ally who hold a rating of 2 or better. This was a long
and expensive project for SLCFR, and would not have
been possible without your support. One of the keys
to maintaining our new rating is the Operational Levy
of $0.047/$1000 of assessed property value. This levy
is used primarily to maintain staffing and includes
the operation of our 24/7 Paramedic level ambulance
service delivered from the Cottage Grove and Creswell
stations.
GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND MEASURE
20-237
Measure 20-237 passed with great voter support. The
Board, Staff and I thank you for the support. We are
pleased to report the new fleet is ordered and is in the
manufacturing process. The new fleet consists of the
following;
107’ Aerial/Quint
2 Custom Structural Engines
1 3000 Gallon Water Tender
1 Type 3 Urban/Interface Engine
1 Command Vehicle
The new Type 3 Urban/Interface engine has been
delivered and is currently in the final stages of being
prepared for service delivery to you. The command
vehicle has also been purchased, equipped, and is now
in service. The remaining portions of the new fleet are
expected to be delivered within the next 10-15 months.
This new fleet will deliver service to the District for the
next 20 to 25 years. Look for the fleet to be unveiled in
a formal ceremony sometime in 2017. The new fleet will
provide safe, up to date equipment for our firefighters.
This means better safety and reliability for you.
CRESWELL FIRE STATION
The District continues exploring options for a new fire
station in Creswell. This is a priority for the District,
and a few options are being actively explored at this
time. The current fire station does not meet seismic
standards, and has been outgrown.
FIRE PREVENTION PROGRAMS
We continue to bolster and build our community
outreach and fire prevention programs. The goal is to
enhance your safety and ours. SLCFR will be rolling out
a new program aimed at helping businesses improve
their fire safety. The goal is for our crews to visit the
businesses and become familiar with the building’s
layout and systems. There will be more to come on this,
so stay tuned.
Ambulances
The District will be taking delivery of two new ambu-
lances on October 28, 2016 from Braun Northwest in
Chehalis, WA. Once equipped and in service one of the
two will be placed in Creswell and the other in Cottage
Grove. The two ambulances will be replacing two out-
dated ambulances in our fleet. These new units will
improve safety and service reliability within our EMS
program. Ambulances are replaced based on a ten year
service life.
SAFETY
The District recently took delivery of four new thermal
imaging cameras (TIC), with the latest technology.
These TICs allow our firefighters to see through the
smoke and identify where the seat of a fire is located.
They are able to see into walls and crawl spaces as well.
This technology is also used to find victims in smoke
filled environments, and can assist in searching for lost
people at night. We have placed these in operation at
our Cottage Grove and Creswell stations.
2016 FIRE SEASON
The 2016 Fire Season is now officially over given the
rain we have had, all regulated use restrictions were
lifted by me on October 5, 2016. Open burning will be
allowed beginning Saturday October 8, 2016. Please
check LRAPA’s web page for information on open burn-
ing. This year’s fire season saw only a few incidences
within the District and overall, fire season yielded a
below average number of fires. SLCFR did not deploy
on any conflagrations this fire season, however we did
provide mutual aid responses to our neighboring agen-
cies.
The fire of most note, and potential in our District this
season, was the Mt. David fire in Cottage Grove. This
fire was intentionally set, and posed a real potential for
structural loss in the affected area. We worked coop-
eratively in a unified command with ODF, and were
assisted by several agencies from Lane and Douglas
counties extinguishing the fire.
VOLUNTEERS
The District actively uses reserves (volunteers) to sup-
plement and enhance our career workforce. We are
always seeking new recruits, and encourage those with
a desire to be part of something rewarding, to help
serve your community by volunteering as a firefighter
or EMT with the District. Recruit classes begin on a
rotating basis, with the District providing all training,
uniforms, PPE and equipment.
Nationally, and locally the success of volunteerism relies
on those willing to help their community. If you are
interested, please go to our web site at www.southlane-
fire.org for more information.
Thank you,
John Wooten, Fire Chief