Fire Operations Division

The Fire Operations Division supports the Fire District’s overarching Mission of protecting life and property, promoting public safety and community awareness, and creating an environment of trust and respect with our customers.

We do this with a team of over 100 fire and medical personnel that staff apparatus and stations and maintain an expert level of skill in the following areas:

  • Fire Behavior and Suppression
  • Auto Extraction and Special Rescue
  • Hazardous Material Response
  • Mass Casualty Medical Incidents
  • Active Shooter Response
  • Wildland/Brush Fire Response

The Battalion Chief

The Battalion Chief gives the captain and crew resources they need to do their jobs, says Battalion Chief Mark Bjorklund, so they can focus on the primary needs of life safety, property conservation, and incident stabilization. The Battalion Chief allows the Captain to focus on the primary task at hand and not worry about bringing in additional resources.

Probationary Firefighter Evaluations

When your residence is on fire or you are trapped, you need to know the firefighters don’t have to stop and wonder what to do. Fire Chief Kyle McMann explains how first year firefighters are evaluated regularly to make sure they understand and remember procedures to keep you safe.

Rescue Mode Fire Scene

Battalion Chief Mark Bjorklund describes how Marion County Fire District No. 1 responded in ‘Rescue Mode’ to a fire in which two individuals were reportedly trapped inside.

Urban Interface Fire Response

In urban interface response, Marion County Fire District No. 1 sends brush trucks and water tenders to assist personnel in their firefighting efforts. Personnel use hose packs, which can be deployed at long lengths, and brush trucks have additional hoses they use to fight fires. Kris Boyer, Battalion Chief at MCFD No. 1, explains that brush trucks are supported by water tenders that supply them with water.

Firefighter and Mom

Alisha Dodson, firefighter, and paramedic at Marion County Fire District No. 1, shares what it’s like to be in fire and EMS services as a new mom.

A Firefighter and Her Fire Gear

Marion County Fire District No. 1 firefighter and paramedic Alisha Dodson explains her firefighting gear at an Open House at Station 1 in Salem, Oregon.