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Voters from both Estacada Rural Fire District and Clackamas Fire will vote on a merger in November 2020

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS FIRE - Estacada Fire volunteers and employees were sworn into Clackamas Fire on Thursday, Jan. 2

Estacada firefighters and volunteers recently joined the ranks of Clackamas Fire.

Last October, members of the boards of directors for Estacada Rural Fire District and Clackamas Fire approved a contract for service, which began Jan. 1, 2020, and will continue through June 30, 2021. The districts will vote on a merger in November 2020, which would need to be approved by both districts to go into effect.

During the contract for service, Clackamas will manage Estacada's fire district.

Clackamas Fire will staff the Estacada Fire Station with three firefighters for all 24-hour shifts, something that Estacada Fire can provide only 68% of the time. The George Fire Station will be staffed with additional volunteers, and Clackamas will provide Estacada with 24-hour fire chief coverage. If a merger is approved, staffing at the Estacada Fire Station will increase to four people.

During a ceremony held Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Estacada volunteers and career firefighters were sworn in as members of Clackamas Fire. Estacada Fire employees retained their seniority upon being transferred, and current Clackamas Fire employees were also recognized and promoted to roles during the event.

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS FIRE - Earlier this month, Clackamas Fire held a ceremony at Camp Withycombe to honor current employees and swear in Estacada Fire employees and volunteers.


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