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Stayton Fire District seeks recruits to begin training in January By Mary Owen Stayton: firefighters wanted! “The Stayton Fire District has seen a decline in volunteers over the last year,” said Jay Alley, assistant chief. “We are always actively recruiting for volunteers in all four of our fire stations – Elkhorn, Mehama, Marion and Stayton.” The district currently has 42 volunteers

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and five paid staff members who respond on calls. 16 support members provide other assistance “Volunteers can be firefighters, trained to respond on all fire and medical calls or non-entry firefighters who respond on calls but don’t enter buildings to fight fire,” Alley said. “Volunteers can also be EMS only responders who answer medical and MVA calls for patient care. They can

be rehab team members who respond to incidents to provide support for firefighters – hydration, nutrition and rest, or support team members who assist with office work, photography and many other activities.” Alley called volunteers the most important resource the fire district has. “Without volunteers, the citizens would pay higher taxes for fire and EMS response,” he said. “All our volunteers contribute to

the success of our mission ‘to provide outstanding service with commitment to saving lives and property.’” Recruit training for SFD service starts in January. Applications are online on www.staytonfire.org under “Join Today!” Or fill interest cards can be filled out at the Stayton fire station Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. or call the office, 503-769-2601 to discuss volunteering.

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