They’re a freshman organization, but the Umatilla County Fire District received a statewide honor at its board meeting this Wednesday — the Oregon Fire District of the Year award.
“We were nominated this year at the Oregon Fire District Directors Association conference,” said Chief Scott Stanton.
Stanton said he wasn’t involved with the process, but the district was nominated for a variety of successful endeavors, including contributions to the community and facilitating internal growth.
“We’re a brand-new district, and that went fairly smoothly,” he said. He also attributed the award to programs like the community paramedic service, which allows the district to partner with Good Shepherd Medical Center to provide preventative treatment, as well as the construction of the four-story drill tower and the district’s cooperation with local schools teaching home and fire safety.
“This award was made possible by all the members of the district including the board of the directors and the great support of our citizens,” Stanton said via email. “It truly is an award for our district members and the public.”