August and September are shaping up to be very busy months for Clackamas Fire District #1.
From emergency responses, to groundbreakings for new facilities, weeks of hot dry weather, and many community events keep us very busy this time of year. Here is a brief summary of recent and upcoming events across the fire district and the communities we serve:
An official groundbreaking took place on July 6 for our new 20,000-square-foot Fleet and Logistics Building, which is set to be completed by August 2018.
The next groundbreaking ceremonies will be for the new Oregon City Fire Station 16 and the new Damascus Community Fire Station 19. Both of these projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Congratulations to our newest Firefighter Recruit Class, which graduated from their academy on Aug. 3. The current academy consists of 14 new incredibly talented firefighters and firefighter/paramedics, ready to respond across our communities.
The fire district is currently at high fire danger and the weather forecast shows no immediate change. To learn more about how you can help prevent a wildfire and what outdoor burning restrictions are in place, please visit us at clackamasfire.com.
Aug. 1 was the annual National Night Out and we attended several community events across the fire district to include the communities of Clackamas, Happy Valley, Milwaukie and Oregon City.
On Monday, Aug. 21, there will be the much anticipated solar eclipse. We are preparing within the fire district to address the potential increased threat for wildfire, congested roadways and a significant number of visitors.
Fred Charlton is the chief of the Clackamas Fire District.