Who We Are - About Us
Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District, better known as Jefferson Fire District, provides Fire and EMS services to 97 square miles. We are located in Southern Marion County and Northern Linn County. The Fire District is separated by Interstate 5 East and West and the Santiam River North and South.
Jefferson Fire District is diverse in the staffing of our organization. We greatly depend on volunteers both in district and out of district, student interns, support group volunteers and career personnel to provide our services. Jefferson Fire District provides services beyond fire and EMS. We have a medical equipment loan program, life jacket loan station, chimney brush loan program, Open House, fire prevention programs, address signs and two pancake breakfasts a year.
The Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District was formed in 1956 and covers approximately 97 square miles that includes the communities of Jefferson, Talbot and rural area of Millersburg. Emergency services provided include fire suppression, emergency medical services, ambulance transportation, water rescue, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, fire safety education, and health education on injury and illness prevention. Ambulance service area is 105 square miles covering areas in Scio Fire District and City of Millersburg.
The Jefferson Fire District sponsors activities which include a Super Sitter Classes, AARP Safe Driving Classes, First Aid/CPR Instruction, and the Festival of Flowers/Mint Festival Breakfast. There are three fire stations within the district and are located in Jefferson, Millersburg, and Talbot which are primarily staffed with volunteers. The volunteers are people of good character who reside or work within the district boundaries and are willing to go through an extensive training program in order to serve as a member of the Jefferson Fire District. Community members interested in volunteering should contact the fire district office.
District personnel includes the Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Training/Maintenance Officer, EMS program Manager, Administrative Assistant, part time Office Assistant, Staff Assistant, paramedics and EMT’s, approximately 30 volunteers including firefighters, EMS personnel, and Support Team. There are a total of three fire engines that carry 1,000 gallons of water and can pump 1,250 gallons per minute, one 3,000 gallon water tenders and one 2,000 gallon multi-use tenders, Two type 6 brush units, one medium duty rescue unit (heavy rescue equipment), two ambulances, one rescue boat, one command unit, and two support units currently in service at the three stations.
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
Becky McKibben – #2 Exp. 6/30/2023
David Jones – #3
Patrick McKenzie – #4 Exp. 6/30/2021
William Linhart- #5
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.
Lisa Carter - Exp. 6/30/2021
Eileen Vetter – Exp. 6/30/2020
Roger Frank – Exp. 6/30/2020
Vince Cellerini- Exp. 6/30/2021
Ray Edwards – Exp. 6/30/2021
Who We Are - 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,
Kevin Hendricks Fire Chief
Tammy Robbins Administrative Assistant/EMR
EMS program Manager/Paramedic
Who We Are - 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.
Travis Powers Captain/EMR Jefferson Station
Captain/EMR Millersburg Station
Who We Are - Our Lieutenants
Our Lieutenants are the first line of management for our firefighters but also hold the responsibility of fireground management.
Lieutenant/EMR Jefferson Station
Antoni Halvardson Lieutenant/EMT Millersburg Station
Justin Guinan Lieutenant/EMT Talbot Station
Who We Are - 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.
Who We Are - 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.
Who We Are - 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.
Natasha Mowdy (Coordinator)
Who We Are - Our Stations
189 N. Main St
Jefferson, OR 97352
4310 Woods Rd NE
Albany, OR 97321
189 N. Main St
Jefferson, OR 97352
3196 Talbot Rd S
Jefferson, OR 97352
Who We Are - Our Apparatus