Idanha-Detroit Rural Fire Protection District

Our Mission Statement:
"To be a point of pride for the communities we serve."
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US Flag Flying Status:

There is currently no burn ban in place for our fire district.

Remember to keep fires small and manageable, keep a water source available, and never leave your fire unattended! Children should never play with fire, even under adult supervision. Never burn plastic or other harmful and toxic materials. Stay safe!

 
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To report illegal burning, please call the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at (503) 378-8240.​​
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Fundraising for a New Set of Jaws of Life

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Our Board of Directors unanimously approved a lease for new Holmatro extrication tools (Jaws of Life) during their October meeting. Click the image to learn what each tool is for.

Idanha-Detroit firefighters are now raising money for the lease payments. Our goal is to raise at least $9,000 per year until 2024, when the last payment is due. 

If you would like to donate to our cause, please click the PayPal link at the top of the page, or click the Contact Us tab and get in touch with a staff member. We'd love to answer any questions you may have.

Our fire district protects a large stretch of Highway 22, and we are seeing an increased traffic flow along the highway in recent years. 

In the past, our district had to rely on neighboring fire districts for vehicle rescue services. This posed a few problems, not only for our patients, but for our firefighters as well.

A few facts to consider:

1) The added scene times meant that our most critical patients would have to wait longer for care, an average of at least 30 extra minutes.

2) The most dangerous place for a firefighter to work is on the highway. The chance of them being struck by a passing vehicle grows with each minute they spend exposed to traffic. 


3) When another fire district assists our firefighters with vehicle rescue, it leaves the responding distrct vulnerable because it takes responders out of their response area.


4) According to the National Safety Council, the average person in America has a 1 in 114 chance of being killed as a result of a vehicle crash. 

5) There were an average of 4,900 vehicles that traveled through our district daily in 2018 according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.


Please consider donating to our cause. Your contributions are greatly needed, and they could literally save a life!

Action Shots and News

Wednesday, September 18th
A vehicle crashed into the front of Mountain High Grocery around 7:15am. Thankfully, there were no reported injuries and the store was able to open for business again the next morning. 
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Friday, September 6th
We responded to reports of a high risk grass fire in a field off Church St in Idanha. It was approximately 75' by 50' and growing. Our engine was able to (barely) squeeze down a narrow access road and our firefighters were able to have the fire out within 10 minutes of arriving on scene. We were assisted by personnel from ODF, who came out to help check for hot spots and assist in mop-up. We returned the next morning to check for additional hot spots and spray foam to ensure complete extinguishment.
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Saturday, August 24th
Our firefighters got to have some hands-on vehicle extrication training.
Special thanks to Santiam Towing and Recovery for providing the cars for our firefighters to practice on.
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Friday. July 26th   
Idanha-Detroit Fire District personnel were dispatched to a structure fire in the 200 block of Church Street in Idanha. The fire was first reported to 911 dispatchers by a neighbor at 11:54pm, who was alerted to the fire by a “popping and crackling noise” she heard coming from outside her home. She informed the dispatchers that she believed a man and his dog were still inside the burning home.
The single-wide trailer was already fully involved in flames by the time the first fire personnel arrived at 12:01am in a squad vehicle. Engine 582 from Idanha was on scene at 12:04am, and Engine 591 was on scene from Detroit at 12:09am. Our fire crew was able to knock down the flames enough to allow a search team to enter by 12:16am.
An engine and a water tender from Gates Fire District also responded, and together with Idanha-Detroit personnel they were able to fully extinguish the flames, as well as search the home. The initial search found one man deceased in the living room. A dog, also deceased, was found in a bathroom.
Initial investigative efforts made by fire personnel and an investigator from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal determined that the fire started in the kitchen and was ruled as accidental, but the cause is still under investigation. No signs of arson or other malicious activity were discovered at the scene.  

Tuesday, July 23rd
Our crews were dispatched around 8:30pm to a report of a grass fire north of Highway 22 near milepost 53 in Idanha. Upon arrival we found a small forest fire that was quickly spreading. We used approximately 1,500 gallons of water and were able to knock the flames down. We were assisted by an engine crew and a water tender from Gates Fire District. We were also assisted by several community members who were more than willing to grab shovels, saws, and rakes. They also helped us pull hoses to and from the fire scene. The Oregon Department of Forestry took over from our crews and we cleared the scene around 10:30pm.

The next morning, we got a report that the fire had re-kindled, so we were back out there with our engine. ODF took over again and was able to fully extinguish the fire. The fire only grew to .071 acres before it was knocked out.
The cause of the fire is undetermined and investigations are ongoing. 
 
Photos courtesy of Michelle Kellum​
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Monday, July 15th
Engine 582 responded with a crew to reports of a structure fire on Santiam Ave in Detroit. Upon arrrival, the engine crew found a wood pile, shed, part of a fence, and the remnants of an ATV smoldering and smoking. A water truck from Pacific Excavation was on scene staffed with two people from the company. They had used several small extinguishers to attempt to put the fire out, but they were unsuccessful. They then brought the company water truck to the scene and were able to knock the flames down. Engine 582 then was able to fully extinguish the remaining embers and hot spots. 

The homeowner was not home at the time of the fire. Initial investigative efforts determined that the blaze had started in the wood pile against the wooden fence in the front yard of the residence. The cause is unknown, but it was determined by investigators that the fire was not caused by arson or other malicious intent. The reported damages were estimeated at $25,000.

Flag Day, Friday, June 14th
Our staff, their families, and a few of our community members all got together on Flag Day for a BBQ and to replace our old flag with one that flew over the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, May 8th 
Our crews responded to a vehicle fire off French Creek Road in Detroit. We were able to extinguish the vehicle, but not before it had sparked a several-acre wildfire in the surrounding forest. Hand crews from the Oregon Department of Forestry were on scene quickly, as well as two helicopters dipping water out of nearby Detroit Lake.


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Ongoing Idanha Fire Station Upgrades

Here you can see the improvements and remodeling projects our firefighters have been underdoing for our Idanha fire station. Our first project was installing a turnout washer. We are also in the works to build a training/community room, additional bedrooms, and additional office space. Stay tuned for our future improvements!
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