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Agreement between Woodburn and Hubbard fire districts enhances training and coverage for both communities

COURTESY PHOTO: WOODBURN FIRE DISTRICT - Firefighters from Hubbard and Woodburn take part in a wildfire drill July 13 in Hubbard.Officials from the Woodburn and Hubbard fire districts announced recently that agreements between the two entities have bolstered the number of first response personnel, tallying up to 60 volunteers who can serve interchangeably between the communities.

The two districts' boards signed an intergovernmental agreement in June.

By virtue of that agreement, Hubbard's Assistant Chief Michael Kahrmann becomes a shared training officer for both districts, affording the establishment of specific standards and procedures between the two entities.

As an example, Hubbard Fire hosted training focused on wildland fires at a vacant parcel of land in the town's industrial area on July 13. These training tactics are invaluable to prepare volunteers in the control and extinguishing of fires in forest and grasslands, which can be especially problematic during summer fire seasons.

"These hands-on trainings are vital for keeping our volunteers prepared for all types of emergencies," said Hubbard firefighter Robert Gendhar.

"Sharing resources is vital to the continued safety of these two communities," Woodburn Fire Chief Joe Budge added. "Both fire districts have much to offer one another, and it is exciting to see us training together.

"As we plan for the future, I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with both districts as we determine what additional sharing of resources may look like. This will inevitably help to better serve the residents and property owners of both communities."

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