Colton Corner: Fire department happenings
Colton Fire reelcts officers, expresses need for grant-writer
The Colton Rural Volunteer Fire Department #70 board of directors met on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
During annual business, they reelected their current officers for the 2019-2020 year. Tim Baurer will remain president, with Rex Rice as vice president and Jim Postlewait, holding the position of secretary/treasurer.
Colton Fire Chief, Richard Beaudoin reported the Colton Fire District is looking to the community for a volunteer with experience to write a grant for a seismic upgrade to the current station that sustained damage, including cracked walls, in the earthquake of 1993.
The bay walls of the main station are likely to fail when another quake hits. The Bureau of Labor and Industries has set aside monies for seismic upgrades for fire stations. If you have experience with grant writing and be able to help please contact the station at 503-824-2545.
Captain David Long reported that the volunteer firefighters responded to 64 incidents in August, which brings the total number of calls for the year to 397.
How to help the volunteers' fundraising climb
Four volunteer firefighters, Chris Cohoon, Argie Prath, Jasmine Schneider and Mo York, stepped up and are participating in the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in the US Bancorp Tower in downtown Portland next Sunday, Sept. 22. They will be Climbing 40 flights or 800 stairs in full turnout gear and SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus). All told the gear they will be wearing during the climb weighs about 70 pounds of gear. The money raised at the event goes directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To support your local four you can take a check on cash to the Colton Fire Station or go online to the Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge website.
"Since 2009," Schneider said, "firefighters across the country have raised of 1.2 million dollars."
The firefighter's shoes will be chipped and climbs are timed. Winners and times will be announced.
The Colton Volunteer Firefighters will be hosting their annual Hunters' Breakfast in the Colton Fire Station, 20987 South Highway 211 on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8-11 a.m.. The breakfast is free, but a donation boot will be available. All money raised will go to the volunteer association and will be used in the community
Also in the works-a new group is forming
"By the direction of the board (of Colton Rural Volunteer Fire Department #70)," said Don Newell, member of the Colton fire department board of directors, "we will potentially form a citizen involvement nonprofit to explore and chart some paths to enhance or replace the (Colton) fire station, hopefully with a community center element. If successful, we could include many other community members. This is projecting to be a multi-year endeavor."
Involved in initiating the 501c3 to benefit the Colton Fire Department are Don Newell, Greg Adams, David Wales, Frank Tengen, Don Tremble and Jamie Neal.
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