Fire Department

Smoke Detectors

Did you know that Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with, either no smoke alarms or no smoke alarms that work.

Choosing your Alarms

1. Make sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.

2. Alarms that run on household current (even if they include battery backup) require installation by a qualified electrician.

3. Alarms that run on just batteries can be installed by anyone.

Wildland Fire Home Protection

Creating Wildfire-Defensible Zones

Fire can find the weak link in your home's fire protection scheme and gain the upper hand because of a small, overlooked or seemingly inconsequential factor. While you may not be able to accomplish all measures below (and there are no guarantees), each will increase your home's, and possibly your family's safety and survival during a wildfire.
Start with the easiest and least expensive actions. Begin your work closest to your home and work outward.

Hall of Fame

In 2007 the Fire District honored 4 of it's past members with Hall of Fame awards. These 4 individuals contributed more than 130 years of service to the Fire District and shaped it's beginnings that led us to today's department. It is with great respect and admiration that we recognize these men and their families for their unselfishness and dedication to the community.

In 2008 Gordon Byrnes and Don Roy were added to the Hall of Fame.

And for 2014 the new inductee is Richard Hemphill.

Medical Training

Members of the QRT meet every 1st Wednesday for training on equipment, protocols, and procedures. Every medic from the First Responder level up to EMT-Paramedic needs to receive training on new medications, new procedures,  documentation, as well as, refresher training on current standards. The District jrecently purchased a new Zoll monitor/defibrillator that will replace the aged monitor from the early 90's.


Fire District personnel go through an extensive training period to become certified firefighters and/or EMT's. After your initial training as a firefighter you receive additional training twice a month in both structure and wildland fire suppression, rescue, incident command, and fire prevention/education. Some of the training is classroom and some are practical evolutions.

Fire District Board of Directors

Board of Directors   

  Keith Jones  
  Pat Doherty  
  Virginia Carnes  
  Tim Weinke


The Fire District operates a fleet of 7 engines and tenders for fire suppression capabilities. Engine 2711 is a Central States Spartan pumper/tender that is our first line engine for structure fires. 2711 was purchased with the help of a grant from the  Federal government. This grant saved the tax-payers of the district thousands of dollars and made it possible to acquire this new engine in 2003.

Medical Equipment

The apparatus and equipment used by the QRT consists of a 1995 Wheeled Coach ambulance on a Ford F-350 chassis and the rescue tools are carried on a brush engine that does double duty on fires and vehicle accidents. Medical equipment consists of a new cardiac monitor/defibrillator, airway bag, and medical box that is among many items carried on the ambulance. The newest item to the District is called an AutoPulse.

Emergency Medical Services

The Pilot Rock Fire District provides emergency medical services to the City of Pilot Rock and surrounding 600 square miles in the form of a Quick Response Team. The "QRT" consists of Certified First Responders up to EMT-Paramedic's. The Division Chief for the EMS Division is Richard Hemphill, EMS Coordinator and EMT-Intermediate. Richard's responsibilities include logistics, personnel, and training needs of the QRT, as well as, coordinating with Pendleton Fire & Ambulance as our transporting ALS agency to the hospital.