About Us

 

Administrative Officers

Fire Chief
Joel Medina
Eric Smythe
Division Chief, Operations
Eric Smythe
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Division Chief, Training and Safety
Erick Holsey
Division Chief, Emergency Medical Services
Erick Holsey
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Battalion Chief/
Fire Marshal 

Tad Pedersen
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Battalion Chief 
Mike Gorsuch
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Battalion Chief
Dave Coombs
Battalion Chief
Jerry Cole
Marit Nelson
Director of Finance & Human Resources
Marit Nelson
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Recruitment & Retention & PIO
Jennifer Motherway

Board of Directors

Hans Feige
Kelly Niles
Gary Hudson
Mark Kreutzer
Kim McLane
Board President
[Hans Feige]
Vice President
[Kelly Niles]
Secretary/
Treasurer
[Gary Hudson]
Director
[Mark Kreutzer]
Director
[Kim McLane]

Service Area

Columbia River Fire & Rescue provides services to over 27,000 citizens in 185 square miles.

 

ISO Ratings

Within the city limits of St Helens, Columbia City, and Rainier, the ISO rating is 4.  For all other area ratings, please contact the Administration Office at (503) 397-2990 or Insurance Services Office

 
 
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Our Fire Stations

 
Seven fire stations are strategically located throughout the combined Fire District.  An Administration Office, Joint Maintenance Facility, and the Lee Broadbent Training Center are also located within the District.
St. Helens Station

105 S 12th Street, St Helens OR 97051

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The St Helens Station was built in 1930 and remodeled in 1983.  It houses two engines, three advanced life support (ALS) ambulances, a heavy rescue and a water tender.  This station is staffed by a company officer (Battalion Chief and Lieutenant) and three firefighter/paramedics on a 24/7 basis. Responses to incidents from this station are also supplemented by volunteer firefighters. 

Fairgrounds Station

58798 Saulser Road,  St Helens OR 97051

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The Fairgrounds Station was built in 1974.  It houses one engine and one advanced life support (ALS) ambulance. This station is staffed by a company officer (Lieutenant or Captain) and one firefighter/paramedic on a 24/7 basis.  Responses to incidents from this station are also supplemented by volunteer firefighters.

Rainier Station

211 West 2nd Street, Rainier, OR 97048

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The Rainier Station was built in 1975.  It houses one engine, a 65 foot telesquirt, two advanced life support (ALS) ambulances, a water tender and a support vehicle.  This station also stores a boat for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.  The Rainier Station is staffed by a company officer (Lieutenant or Captain) and three firefighters/paramedics on a 24/7 basis.  Responses to incidents from this station are supplemented by volunteer firefighters.

Deer Island Station

33710 Canaan Road, Deer Island OR 97054

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The Deer Island Station was built in 1974.  It houses a brush engine (type VI) and a support vehicle.  This station is supported by volunteer firefighters for incident responses.

Columbia City Station

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405 E Street, Columbia City OR 97018

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The Columbia City Station is an apparatus bay that is leased from the Oregon Department of Forestry.  It houses a brush engine (type VI) and relies solely on volunteer firefighters for incident response.

Fern Hill Station

73153 Doan Road, Rainier OR 97048

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The Fern Hill Station was built in 1975.  It houses a water tender and a brush engine (type VI).  This station relies solely on volunteer firefighters for incident responses.

Goble Station

69321 Nicolai Road,  Rainier OR 97048

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The Goble Station was built in 1975.  It houses on engine, a water tender and a support vehicle.  This station relies solely on volunteer firefighters for incident responses.

Lee Broadbend Training Center

58577 McNulty Way, Saint Helens, OR 97051

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The Lee Broadbent Training Center is a state-of-the-art fire training facility completed in 2008.  This facility features a six-story training tower, a streetscape building, a technical rescue tower, a flashover prop, confined space props, and a storage building as well as a pre-event staging area and lifelike city streets. 

Columbia River Fire & Rescue utilizes the Lee Broadbent Training Center for most of its training purposes.  

The LBTC is located on McNulty Way in St Helens. The training facility is not currently available for use by outside agencies. 

ISO Rating

A company called the ISO (Insurance Services Office) creates ratings for fire departments and their surrounding communities. In the ISO rating scale, a lower number is better: 1 is the best possible rating, while a 10 means the fire department did not meet the ISO's minimum requirements.Columbia River Fire and Rescue has an excellent rating of 4. Click the logo below to download the complete report.
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Mission Statement

Columbia River Fire & Rescue protects and improves the quality of our citizens' lives by providing life safety and emergency services in their time of need.  We dedicate ourselves to preventing harm to people and property by community involvement and education in all areas of fire prevention and emergency preparedness.  We respond to all calls for service in a competent and friendly manner with the goal of minimizing losses and aiding in the restoration of lives.  We find solutions to community concerns and problems by doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time.

Vision Statement

Our vision for Columbia River Fire and Rescue is to be recognized as a model of excellence in fire protection, medical, and other community services.  We will provide leadership by anticipating the needs of our communities as they grow and change.  We will continuously improve our services through promotion of technology and innovation in all areas of our profession.  We will foster a climate of trust through involvement, creativity, and accountability in all that we do.  We will create a culture of professionalism that provides our valued members with the skills and tools for effective delivery of top-notch emergency services.