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Multiple First Responding Agencies Work Together On Patient Care
Multiple First Responding Agencies Work Together On Patient Care
ATV Accident Sends Banks Resident To Hospital Via Lifeflight (Photo) - 05/13/18

This evening at 6pm Banks Fire District 13 responded to a report of a motorvehicle accident in rural Washington County.  Fire personnel, assisted by Metro West Ambulance as well as North Plains Police, Oregon State Police and Washington County Sherrif's Office arrived to find an approximately 40 year old male suffering life threatening injuries after being pinned underneath an ATV/Side-by-Side that had rolled over on the residents property.  The patient was flown to Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Hospital (previously report as Emanuel) via Life Flight 7.  

No further information is available at this time.  Updates will be provided here when/if available.

Scott Adams - Banks Fire Public Information Officer (PIO)

Captain Mark Hornshuh and the Board Signing
Captain Mark Hornshuh and the Board Signing
Banks Fire District #13 Takes Next Step Towards Building New Buxton Station (Photo) - 05/11/18

In November of 2017, Banks Fire District voters generously approved a bond measure for Banks Fire District #13 to build a new station in Buxton and to purchase apparatus.  On May 9th, 2018, the Banks Fire Board of Directors  signed a land contract wherein the Hornshuh Family will donate 3-5 acres of land adjacent to Highway 26 to build the Buxton Station, to be known as Hornshuh Creek Station #14. 

Studies completed by Banks Fire show a large number of service calls come from Highway 26 and Highway 47 northwest of Banks.  These calls can be better served with response from the Buxton Station.  Unfortunately, the station in Buxton is a small concrete block building that houses one fire engine but cannot house staff or be expanded.  Banks Fire talked with landowners in Buxton and the surrounding area to find a suitable location for a new station and found available property to be very limited.  During these discussion Mark Hornshuh and his family stepped forward. 

Captain Mark Hornshuh has been a volunteer firefighter/paramedic with the District since 1988.  Mark donated land for the station in honor of his parents, Carol and Fred Hornshuh.  Fred Hornshuh served on the Banks Fire District Budget Committee and both he and Carol were strong supporters of the District.  Years ago they had expressed a desire to donate land for a station, but the timing wasn’t right.  On May 9th, Mark honored both that wish and the Hornshuh family when he and Board Chairman Matt Pihl signed a land donation agreement.

 According to Fire Chief Rodney Linz, “Banks Fire appreciates all  the Hornshuh family has done and continues to do for our community.  It is a wonderful donation and we are excited to name the station Hornshuh Creek Station to honor such a great family heritage.”  With the land acquired, the Banks Fire has now issued an RFP (Request for Proposal) for architectural and contract work. 

With this donation, more bond money is available for the new building which is expected to be completed over the next one to two years.  With the station being located on Highway 26, firefighters will  have faster access to the outlying areas as well as the ability to rapidly serve the needs of Buxton residents.  Banks Fire looks forward to utilizing this donation to provide even better service delivery while remaining a part of the Buxton community.

Firehouse Subs Local Franchisees In New UT13
Firehouse Subs Local Franchisees In New UT13
Banks Fire District #13 Announces Newly Equipped All-Terrain Utility Vehicle (UTV) Now in Service (Photo) - 05/08/18

Banks Fire District 13 purchased Utility 13 (UT13) after receiving a $28,963.00 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.  UT13 was officially placed in service following a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 7th.  The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by local Firehouse Subs Franchisees, Stephanie and Brandon Ensley, the Banks Fire Board of Directors, Fire Chief Linz, along with numerous Banks Fire volunteers and members of the Firehouse Subs team.  Banks Fire was notified that we received the grant in July of 2017 and immediately went to work designing/purchasing the best rig possible, maximizing the value of the generous grant.  Less than a year later UT13 is ready for service.  UT13 is a heavily modified off road utility vehicle capable of everything from transporting crews, transporting patients, and wild land fire firefighting in the roughest of conditions inaccessible to our other apparatus.   

Established in 1954, Banks Fire provides fire and rescue services to 136 square miles.  Much of our service area is extremely rural with difficult terrain (including the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail and Stub Stewart State Park), some areas are inaccessible by standard apparatus.  UT13 is a 4-wheel drive diesel powered Kubota UTV with modifications made by our own department as well as Cascade Fire Equipment in Medford, Oregon.  UT13 is capable of carrying multiple firefighters, has its own water tank, fire pump, hose, and other firefighting equipment.  In addition to firefighting capabilities UT13 carries a full complement of medical equipment including a stokes basket for transporting patients.  UT13 will be able to access fires and medical emergencies in areas previously inaccessible to anything but crews on foot. 

The District thanks Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for their generous support that will serve not only residents but visitors to our area.  Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was established in 2005 the Foundation was established with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and education opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations.  As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization the Foundation has granted more than 28 Million Dollars to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $116,000.00 right here in Oregon.  Banks Fire is very honored to be recognized by the Foundation and to receive this grant.