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Redmond Fire & Rescue to Hire 9 Entry Level or Lateral Firefighter Paramedics - 07/16/24

July 16, 2024-REDMOND, OR-Redmond Fire & Rescue is currently accepting applications for the hiring of 9 Entry Level or Lateral Firefighter Paramedics. The deadline for application submission is August 25, 2024, at 2359 PST. Details on the position and the application can be found at www.rdmfire.org. Testing through the National Testing Network will open on Monday, July 15th.  

With the recent passage of Redmond Fire & Rescues 5-year operating levy, a commitment was made to the citizens of the Fire District to add additional personnel to help improve response times and eliminate cross staffing.  

Redmond Fire & Rescue covers a service area of 133 square miles and serves the communities of the City of Redmond, Terrebonne, Cline Falls, Eagle Crest, Juniper Preserves and portions of Jefferson County and Crook County. Additionally, the fire district provides ambulance service to 294 sq. miles. 

Redmond Fire & Rescue Bans Recreational Fires - 07/11/24

**Final Update- With the Red Flag Warning expiring and temperatures dropping below 100, the ban on recreational fires has been lifted. If you plan to have a recreational fire keep water nearby in either a bucket or a garden hose, use only approved containers and dispose of ashes properly. Please continue to exercise caution and report any escaped fires immediately. Recreational fires are limited in size to 3ft x 2ft.

 

***Update: The Red Flag Warning has been extended into Wednesday July 10. The ban on recreational fires will remain in place.***

July 8, 2024-REDMOND, OR- The National Weather Service in Pendleton has issued a Red Flag Warning for dry and unstable conditions, which is in effect until 11 PM PDT Tuesday.

Due to this Red Flag warning, all recreational fires are banned until the Red Flag Warning expires.

* AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zones 610 East Slopes of Central
Oregon Cascades, 611 Deschutes National Forest, 639 East Slopes
of the Northern Oregon Cascades, 640 Central Mountains of
Oregon, 694 Yakama Alpine District and 695 East Washington South
Central Cascade Mountains.

* TIMING...Today through Tuesday night.

* WINDS...North 5 to 15 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 8 percent.

* TEMPERATURES...Up to 105.

* IMPACTS...Any new and existing fires have a strong potential for
extreme fire behavior.

* HAINES...As high as 6.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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Redmond Fire & Rescue Responds to Multiple Structure Fires (Photo) - 07/05/24

July 5, 2024, REDMOND, OR- At approximately 1:30am on July 5, Redmond Fire& Rescue was altered to a possible structure fire in the 2100 block of NW Redwood Ave. Redmond Police arrived on scene and advised dispatch that two houses were heavily involved in fire. With this information the incident commander requested additional resources from Bend Fire & Rescue and Cloverdale RFPD.

Upon the arrival of fire crews, they were met with heavy fire on the exterior of a single family home and speeding to a second home. Firefighters made a quick attack on the fire and brought the out of control fire under control. Both homes were searched and confirmed that everyone had safely escaped.


Cause of the fire was the disposal of used fireworks into an area that contained combustibles.

This is a good reminder to ensure your homes smoke alarms are working properly and that your family has an escape plan and have practiced it.

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Officials Encourage Residents to Keep it Legal and Safe with Fireworks - 07/02/24

July 2, 2024-REDMOND, OR- Redmond Fire & Rescue, the City of Redmond & Redmond Police Department officials are concerned about potential fireworks-related fires and personal injuries as the Fourth of July draws near.

One of the most common fireworks-related fires that RF&R crews respond to involves "spent" fireworks placed in a bucket or grocery sack that rekindle and spread to fences, decks, and even homes.

The best and safest plan is to attend a professional fireworks display and eliminate the risk altogether.  Instead of lighting your own legal fireworks, attend the professional show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds.

Residents can drop off unwanted fireworks (illegal or legal) at any RF&R fire station for disposal.

If you’re intent is to use fireworks, keep it legal.

Oregon law bans fireworks that fly, explode, or move across the ground more than six feet or up in the air more than 12 inches. This includes popular items like bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers, and M80s.

Residents should purchase all fireworks at a licensed Oregon fireworks stand. Fireworks purchased by mail order or in the state of Washington or at Native American reservations may be illegal in our state.

Many firework-related fires are caused by careless use or improper disposal of legal fireworks. Even legal fireworks are dangerous and have caused injuries and burns to users, especially unsupervised children. This includes sparklers. They can reach temperatures of 1,200 degrees; wood burns at 575 degrees, while glass melts at 900 degrees (National Fire Protection Association).

Redmond Fire & Rescue advises you to celebrate safely this year by following these safety tips:

• Only adults should light or handle fireworks. Supervise children at all times.
• Store fireworks, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
• Use fireworks outdoors on a paved surface, away from buildings, vehicles, and vegetation.
• Never point or throw fireworks at people, pets, cars, or buildings.
• Never pick up or try to re-light a "dud."
• Never alter fireworks or make your own.
• Have a hose nearby in case of fire and place “spent” fireworks in a metal bucket with water.

Under Oregon law, the Fire Marshal’s Office and law enforcement can seize illegal fireworks and issue criminal citations with fines up to $500 per violation and a sentence of up to 6 months in jail. People can be held civilly liable for damages resulting from improper use of any fireworks — legal or illegal.  People using fireworks can also commit other criminal offenses, including reckless burning, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and more, which can have large fines and jail/prison time.

Oregon law also makes parents liable for damage caused by their children and allows fire departments to charge for the cost of suppressing fires caused by fireworks. Additionally, the use of illegal fireworks constitutes criminal activity, and your insurance policy may not cover you if you engage in a criminal act that results in damage.

Individuals needing to report a fire or medical emergency should call 911; individuals wishing to report a nuisance or concern about illegal fireworks are encouraged to make a report at reportfireworks@redmondoregon.gov or by contact non-emergency dispatch at 541-631-6911.  These situations will be logged and responded to as resources allow.