Who We Are - About Us

 

In 1931 The City of Jefferson formed a fire department which transitioned to Jefferson Fire District in 1956.   Jefferson Fire District currently provides fire and EMS services to about 86 square miles in southern Marion County and northern Linn County, which includes the communities of Jefferson, Talbot, and Millersburg.  The ambulance service area covers about 94 square miles, which include a portion of our neighboring fire district of Scio. The district currently has three fire stations located in Jefferson, Millersburg, and Talbot. Shared across the three stations are three fire engines, two water tenders, two brush units, heavy rescue unit, two ambulances, rescue boat, command unit, and two support vehicles.16

 

Jefferson Fire District is a diverse combination organization, made up of volunteers both in and out of district, resident volunteers, support group members and career personnel. These personnel help provide fire and emergency medical services. Other services provided by our fire district include fire suppression, emergency medical services with ambulance transportation, water rescue, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, fire safety education, and health education on injury and illness prevention.

The Jefferson Fire District also sponsors activities. Such at Super Sitter Classes, AARP Safe Driving Classes, and First Aid/CPR Instruction.   We also have several loan programs available to our community which include medical equipment, chimney brushes, and a life jacket station (available between the months of May through September). 

 

The operation of our fire district largely relies on our volunteer members.   Our members work within the district and/or may live outside of the district (known as an out of district volunteer ODV).   These members are willing to go through a training program, provided by the district, in order to become a member of the Jefferson Fire District.  

 

Anyone interested in volunteering, contact the fire district office@ 541-327-2822 or email Chelsea @ cchavez@jeffersonfire.org.

Board of Directors

 

As a body, the board of directors has a great deal of responsibility. The board of directors sets the direction, mission, tone and strategic vision for an organization, all of which must be done in keeping with the board’s fiduciary duties of obedience, care, and loyalty.  The Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors meet monthly on the Third Tuesday of the month. The meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held at the Jefferson station which is located at 189 N. Main St. These meetings are open to the public with a time set aside for visitor input. Notices of these meetings are posted at the Jefferson, Millersburg, and Talbot stations.

Renee Gonzalez- #1
Exp. 6/30/2025

Becky McKibben – #2 Exp. 6/30/2023

David Jones – #3

Exp. 6/30/2023

Lisa Carter – #4 
Exp. 6/30/2025

William Linhart- #5

Exp. 6/30/2023

Appointed Budget Committee Members

 

The Budget Committee's principal responsibility is to develop a concurrent resolution on the budget to serve as the framework for the Jefferson Fire District's actions on spending, revenue, and debt-limit guidance.

 - Exp. 6/30/2024

Eileen Vetter – Exp. 6/30/2023

Roger Frank – Exp. 6/30/2023

Vince Cellerini- Exp. 6/30/2024

Ray Edwards – Exp. 6/30/2024

 

Our Staff

 

As a department, we are currently staffed with a part time Fire Chief, Full time Assistant Chief, Training Chief, EMS program manager, Administrative Assistant,

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Kevin Hendricks Fire Chief

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Stephanie McClung
EMS program Manager Engineer/Paramedic

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Louis Gisler

Division Chief/EMT

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Kendra Kavangh
Firefighter/Paramedic

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Tammy Robbins Administrative Assistant/EMR

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Shannon Larsen Firefighter/Paramedic

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Rebecca Mangrum
Office Support Firefighter/EMT

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Chelsea Chavez
Recruitment and Retention Coordinator

Our Captains

 

Our Captains have a tremendous responsibility in not only directing our firefighters during emergency response, but to also assist with the administrative and personnel functions of the fire district. 

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Scott Decker
Captain/EMR

Our Lieutenants

 

Our Lieutenants are the first line of management for our firefighters but also hold the responsibility of fireground management.

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Anthony Carter

Lieutenant/EMR Jefferson Station

Antoni Halvardson Lieutenant/EMT Millersburg Station

Our Engineers and Firefighters

 

All of our Engineers and Firefighters are well trained and committed to excellence. Our Engineers are the drivers of our fire apparatus and manage the fire pump and water needs while our line firefighters manage the initial fire attack and fire ground operations including suppression and emergency medical services. 

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Chelsea Chavez
Engineer/EMT
Acting duty officer

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James Clark

Engineer/Paramedic

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Bill Johnson
Engineer/EMT
Acting Duty Officer

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Michael Garman

Firefighter

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Jake Harmon

Firefighter/EMT

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Alyssa Holden
Firefighter/EMR

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Dalton Keifer
Resident Firefighter/EMR

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Brandon Names

Firefighter/Paramedic

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Kailey Sousa Firefighter/EMT

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Jennifer Stanislaw

Firefighter/Paramedic

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Angel Torres
Firefighter

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Mikayla Wacker
Resident Firefighter

Our Medics

 

Our Medics respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or bandaging a wound. Assess a patient's condition and determine a course of treatment. Provide first-aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured patients and transport patients safely in an ambulance.

Paramedics

Aileen Bono

Elliot Day

Makenzie Hofmann

Shannon Larsen

Paul McCallum

Scott Shepherd

Tim Verdun

EMT's

William Comerford

Sean Griswold

Justin Guinan

Matthew McSorley

Erick Peterson

Megan Sonne

Riley Zimmerman

Our Support Team

Our Support Team provide an invaluable resource to our firefighters and community. They assist with providing much needed resources to our crews on incidents and support all of the other fire department functions that are community facing.

Ryan Campbell

Judy Cellerini

Becky Decker

Bernice Garman

Kathy Gisler

Deb Keehn

Dewey Robbins

Katherine Slover