Commemorative coins have Boring Fire District 59's logo on one side and Clackamas Fire's logo on the other side to show the inclusion and spirit of unity for both districts

On Feb. 27, Clackamas Fire District #1 celebrated the "grand reopening" of the Damascus community fire station.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Pictured at Clackamas Fire's new sign at Damascus Station 19 are (from left) firefighter Justin Lynn, Capt. Josh Gehrke and apparatus operator Blake Meyer.In July 2014, Clackamas Fire opened this fire station 40 hours per week under a contract for service to Boring Fire District #59. Upon the recent legal integration (annexation) of Boring Fire into Clackamas Fire, we are able to increase staffing in the Damascus community to ensure coverage 24-hours per day and seven days per week.

This increased staffing will allow for an advanced life support fire engine to respond throughout our expanded service area and will provide for enhanced fire and emergency medical response capabilities. We are proud to be the permanent service provider to the communities of Barton, Boring, Damascus and Eagle Creek.

The Clackamas Fire District's 12th Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet and swearing-in ceremony, was held on Jan. 26 at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City. The banquet recognized excellence in 2016 as we thanked our elected officials, staff, career, and volunteer personnel for all their care, compassion, dedication, professionalism, and selflessness.

The evening began with the Clackamas Firefighters Pipes and Drums and the posting of colors by Clackamas Fire District's #1 Honor Guard. The promotional ceremony included reciting the oath of the position and the pinning of the uniform badge by friend or family member. The swearing-in and promotions consisted of the following ranks: firefighter, fire inspector, apparatus operator, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, division chief, and the recognition of two new administrative staff.

Each award recipient and staff being sworn-in received a challenge coin. These coins were designed by the fire district and have Boring Fire District #59's logo on one side and Clackamas Fire's logo on the other side to show the inclusion and spirit of unity for both districts. Clackamas Fire is extremely proud of all of our employees and volunteers for their continued support and dedication day in and day out.

Fred Charlton is the chief of Clackamas Fire.

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