Marion County Firefighters Climb the Tower
On March 5th, eight firefighters from Marion County Fire District #1 were part of 1,900 firefighters from around the country and world who participated in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle. The team is made up of both volunteer and career personnel. For some, this was their first time in the event. Several other team members have participated for many years.
The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and raises over $2.2 million for blood cancer research and patient services. The MCFD #1 team raised over $8,300 this year. The firefighters trained for months in full firefighting gear for the 69 story, 1,311 step climb—a grueling and exhausting feat.
56th Annual Pancake Breakfast Recap
The Annual Marion County Fire District #1 Pancake Breakfast event was held March 12th & 13th. This year marked its 56th anniversary. This is a tradition which serves as a fundraiser to the Volunteer Firefighters Foundation, and the proceeds from the annual pancake breakfast have been used to fund the Marion County Fire District Volunteer Association’s “Reach Out” program. This program provides over 200 baskets of food and toys for families in need during the Christmas season. This year, firefighters served 669 guests over the two-day period and raised roughly $3,100 for the program. In addition to the all-you-can-eat breakfast, the Volunteer Firefighter’s Foundation also raffled off a Traeger Grill to one lucky attendee. This annual event is one that we look forward to—not only for the fundraising for a worthy cause, but also because we get to have one-on-one interaction over a cup of coffee or plate of pancakes with members of the community that we serve.
Chief’s Corner: A Message from Chief Riley on Smoke Detectors
Marion County Fire District #1 embarks on smoke alarm campaigns to supply smoke alarms in high risk areas within the district boundaries. Spearheaded by the Local Fire Fighter’s Union (IAFF Local 2557) and the MCFD #1 Fire Prevention Division, career and volunteer members have installed over 400 new working smoke alarms. The smoke alarms were donated from a program spawned by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the ongoing campaigns continue to provide early detection of deadly smoke that can fill a small residence quickly. MCFD #1 encourages everyone to have a least one smoke detector on every floor and to check your batteries at least twice a year. MCFD#1 would also like to thank students from the Chemeketa Community College Fire Science Program for their participation and assistance. If you need a smoke alarm installed or checked, please contact the MCFD #1 Fire Prevention Division at 503-588-6526.