As the number of COVID-19 cases is starting to rise in Oregon, Marion County Fire District #1 is asking residents to stay home for all but essential errands, such as groceries or medical care. To combat “cabin fever,” the Fire District has planned some fun and informative virtual events for community members.

“We want our community to know that we’re here, and we appreciate them putting public health and safety first,” said Chief Kyle McMann. “These activities are designed to entertain families and also help us share information about the Fire District.”

All events can be accessed via the Fire District’s Facebook page (@MarionCountyFireDistrict1) either through a Facebook Live or  a posted video. To watch live, visit our Facebook page at the scheduled time and click on the video! Make sure you follow our page beforehand to receive notifications.

Story Time with the Fire Chief

Chief Kyle McMann will read a children’s book at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, April 10, 17, 24 and May 1. These will be presented through Facebook Live, and then can be accessed by families as a video after the initial event.

Station, Apparatus and Equipment Tours

At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28 and May, the Fire District will post a video for children and adults alike to virtually tour some of the Fire District’s stations and emergency apparatus, such as fire engines, water tenders, and ambulances. Join firefighters as they explain the functions of emergency facilities, the intricacies of a fire engine, and the purpose of life-saving personal protection equipment they wear. These will be prerecorded tours that can be accessed by community members when they have time.

Public Meetings on the Operating Levy Increase

Members of the public will have an opportunity to ask questions about Measure 24-441 on the May Primary Election ballot on May 4 and 12 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Facebook Live. Chief McMann will cover a brief presentation, and respond to questions.

The Fire District has been communicating about the need for funding to hire more emergency personnel and replace aging apparatus for over a year. If approved by voters, it anticipates that some of the revenue will pay some costs associated with emergency responses for COVID-19.

More information on the operating levy request can be found on the Fire District’s website at www.mcfd1.com. Chief McMann also is available to answer questions at (503) 588-6535 kylem@mcfd1.com.

Community Service Organizations

Chief Kyle McMann welcomes invitations to speak to members of your organization using your virtual video or teleconference technology. He can provide an update on COVID-19 in the Fire District, and share information about the operating levy request. Please direct those virtual meeting requests to kylem@mcfd1.com.