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For the first time ever the county staffs the Madras fire hall around-the-clock

PHOTO COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT NO. 1 - A passerby helped extinguish this nighttime car fire in January. With round-the-clock staffing, Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 expects quicker response times.

On April 30 at 0800 hours, Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 implemented 24-hour staffing at its main station in Madras. This is the first time in the history of the organization that paid, dedicated staffing has been provided seven days a week, 365 days a year.

"This is an important first step to providing better and more efficient service to Jefferson County residents," said JDFD Chief Jeff Blake.

Three duty periods each of a Captain and a student intern will staff the station on 48 hours on/96 hours off shifts.

A medic unit from Jefferson County EMS is assigned to the main station working with the Jefferson County Fire District crews.

"This is a first and major step to the effort in consolidating both Jefferson County Fire District and Jefferson County EMS," said Blake.

On July 1 a soon to be signed intergovernmental agreement will go into effect combining both agencies into one. The new agency will be called Jefferson County fire and EMS. The consolidation has been in the works for several months.

"The community will benefit greatly by more efficient service, reduced response times, and eventually providing a dedicated three person engine to assist in fire, medical and rescue calls," said Blake.

Even with this improved level of response, the department will always welcome and need volunteer firefighters and volunteer support personnel to assist in fire and EMS operations.

If you are interested in becoming either an operational volunteer or auxiliary volunteer, please contact Jefferson County Fire and EMS.

This information provided by Jefferson County Fire District Chief Jeff Blake.


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