The Scappoose Fire Department began in 1915. It consisted of citizens passing gunnysacks and buckets in a "bucket brigade". The first fire alarm was purchased in 1926 for $365.14 and the fire service used a hand-drawn cart equipped with a hose reel. The City purchased its first fire truck in 1941.After many years of service to the joint communities of the City and the District, discussion of consolidation of the two agencies went to a vote on June 5, 1979. Only 188 of the City's 1550 registered voters turned out to vote. The vote was 120 yes for consolidation and 68 against. The City authorized the Mayor to sign an agreement between the two agencies pending legal review.On January 1, 1980, the City of Scappoose Fire Department and the Scappoose Rural Fire Protection District merged to become known as the Scappoose Rural Fire Protection District.
The Scappoose Rural Fire Protection District operates as a public corporation in the State of Oregon. The fire district consists of a 52 square mile fire protection area, and 100 square mile ambulance service area.The City of Scappoose and the unincorporated areas of Warren, Chapman and Holbrook as well as 12 miles along the Multnomah Channel, which has a large residential river front community, make up the service area served by the district. The Fire District services approximately 12,000 residents. There are 3 stations and a boathouse for the fire boat. Only the main station is staffed 24/7. We have about 35 volunteers, 11 union, and 6 admin. The admin are 3 office staff, 2 division chiefs and a fire chief. Our fire chief is also chief for Columbia River Fire & Rescue. We expect to add one more union FF/EMT before July 1. The Fire District is a full service emergency provider (fire suppression, rescue, transport ambulance). In 2015 we had 1,894 alarms, and about 2,015 in 2016 - a 9% increase. About 70% are medical. An elected five-member board of directors governs the fire district.
The governing body is given certain powers and authority by the laws of the state. Each member of the governing body is a public official who are charged to act in the best interests of the public they represent. The members are accountable to the public through federal, state, and local laws.
Dennis Hoke - Fire Chief
Eric Smythe - Operations Division Chief
Josh Marks - Training Division Chief
Erick Holsey - EMS Chief
Ian O'Connor - Safety & Resource Management Division Chief
Jeff Pricher - Fire Marshal Division Chief
Shelly Booth - Fire Marshal Assistant/Billing Specialist
Jennifer Motherway - Recruitment/Retention Coordinator & Public Information Officer
Janine Salisbury - Finance Administrator
Maria Heath - Executive Assistant
Board of Directors:
David Graham - President
Ron Cairns - Vice President
David Sorenson - Secretary/Treasurer
Andy Krieck - Director
Mark Gift - Director
To contact the Scappoose Fire District Board of Directors,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-543-5026.