Wildfires: Information and Community Resources

 

 

THANK YOU MEDFORD for your donations and words of support!  

Information and resources for the Almeda and Obenchain fires HERE

Download the AFTER THE FIRE brochure.


Medford Fire Department Core Values - 

 

Honor, Integrity, and Service

Our Vision - 
The Medford Fire Department is committed to the City of Medford's Vision:  "Medford - A fantastic place to live, work, and play."
Our Mission - 
We serve our community through risk reduction and all-hazard response to emergencies.
Our Motto - 
Serve and Preserve

 
It is our honor to serve the citizens of Medford
and Medford Rural Fire Protection District 2.

  

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News & Info

Frequently Asked Questions

Burn Permits

No. Debris burning is prohibited within the Medford City limits per Medford Code section 5.500.

http://www.ci.medford.or.us/CodePrint.asp?CodeID=3299

There is no burning in the Medford city limits at any time. From November 1 through the end of February each year, there is no burning in Jackson County, except in certain areas outside of the Air Quality Maintenance Area boundaries.

From March 1 through the beginning of fire season, open and barrel burning is permitted in rural areas, but a burn permit is required. 
Burn permits are valid from March 1 through the end of October each year, except during fire season (Fire season beginning and ending dates are set by the Oregon Department of Forestry 541-664-3328). From the end of fire season, through the end of October, open and barrel burning is again permitted with a burn permit.

Contact your local fire department for more information on burn permits and regulations for your area. Each fire district issues burn permits for their own area. For our rural district (Medford Rural Fire Protection District 2) you can find more information and burn permits here.
General Fire Department Questions

We currently have five fire stations located in Medford:

Station 2
1107 Stewart Avenue
Station 3
534 Highland Drive
Station 4
2208 Table Rock Road
Station 5
2124 Roberts Road
Station 6
3700 Barnett Road

The original Fire Station 1 was built in 1929 and was located downtown, at the corner of 3rd and Front Street. It was no longer being used after Fire Station 5 was built on Roberts Road in 1975. In the late 1970's, the decision was made to have the building on 3rd and Front Street demolished and the existing stations have never been renumbered.

To receive our radio frequency, program your scanner to 154.445.

Our firefighter shifts are 24 hours long. Line personnel work an average of 56 hours per week and are on a rotating 9-day cycle (also known as a tour) of 24 hours on duty, with days off in between.

When the department has a vacancy we are filling, we post the information on our Hiring Info page. Hiring is done through a recruitment process, which is comprised of several steps. For more information on the recruitment process, click here

The best way to request a copy of a fire report is to use the City's online request form by clicking here. Alternatively, you can call Medford Fire-Rescue Headquarters at 541-774-2300. There can be a fee for this service, depending on a variety of factors, including the length of the report.

Our Headquarters is located in the Lausmann Annex at 200 S. Ivy St., Room 180, Medford, Oregon 97501. It is across the parking lot from the City Hall. Our phone number is 541-774-2300, and we are open Monday - Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. If you have an emergency, you should always call 911.

Yes, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) is the dispatch center that receives all 911 emergency calls and they have a separate line for non-emergent fire and law related situations: 541-770-4784.

As always, for 
any emergency, dial 911.

Many residents ask why fire engines respond to emergency medical calls. The answer is quality of care! Medford Fire-Rescue strives to give our residents the best care possible and always provides the fire engine closest to the emergency, which is staffed with firefighters who are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or Paramedics.

In an emergency medical incident, additional staffing may be necessary to treat the patient and prepare him or her for transportation to the hospital. This additional staffing enables the responding crew to simultaneously complete different tasks for the patient's care. For instance, when a patient has a heart attack, hooking up the defibrillator, CPR, starting an IV, and administering life saving drugs may all need to be accomplished quickly and simultaneously in order to give the patient the best chance for survival.  By having additional EMTs and Paramedics on hand, the care of the patient is improved, and the preparation time before transportation to the hospital is significantly shortened.

 

On some medical calls, the fire engine may remain on the scene for assistance, but is still available to respond to another emergency if necessary.

For any emergency, always dial 911.

Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) is the dispatch center that receives all emergency calls. If you need to reach ECSO's non-emergent dispatch line for any non-emergent issues, call 541-770-4784.

The best way to get rid of gasoline is to use it in your lawn mower. The fire department cannot accept the gasoline as we do not have a method for disposal.

You can also contact Rogue Disposal & Recycling to inquire about their annual Household Hazardous Waste event which takes place at their transfer station (they accept gasoline during the event). They can be reached at 541-779-4161.

The fire department does not service fire extinguishers. You can contact a local fire extinguisher company, as they have the proper equipment to service them.

Yes, Medford Fire-Rescue's Fire and Life Safety Division offers counseling through our Youth Firesetter Program. For more information, call us at 541-774-2300 or click here.

Please pull to the right and stop. This will allow fire apparatus or other emergency vehicles adequate and clear lanes to safely and quickly continue their response.

This process is called "venting". Dangerous, superheated gases and dark smoke accumulate in a burning building, making it near impossible for firefighters to see in such an environment. When a hole is made in the roof, and the building is “vented”, the smoke and gases escape because heat and smoke rise. It increases the chance of survival for any victims involved and it makes it easier for the firefighters in the building to see. It also reduces the possibilities of backdraft (explosion) and flashover. Another reason for venting the roof is to see how far the fire has progressed. One of the fastest avenues through which fires spread is the attic. Heat and smoke rise into the attic, where the fire can move quickly. Firefighters often try to get ahead of the fire on the roof and cut holes to access the attic, in an attempt to stop the fire from spreading. When venting by breaking a window (horizontal ventilation) of a room that is on fire, it actually helps contain the fire within that room.

Although these tactics cause some damage, repairs are much less expensive than repairing structural damage from the fire.

Medford Fire-Rescue no longer offers community CPR classes. The City's Parks & Recreation Department does offer certified classes and there are several options in the local area for CPR classes:

Medford Parks & Recreation            541-774-2400     www.ci.medford.or.us/parks


American Red Cross                        541-779-3773      www.redcross.org/take-a-class

Rogue Valley CPR & First Aid          541-245-0963      www.roguevalleycpr.com

Southern Oregon CPR & First Aid    541-890-3868      www.socprfa.co

The Medford Police Department's Code Enforcement Division handles the enforcement of uncontrolled vegetation (including tall weeds and grass) in the city limits. The ordinance is enforced from May 1 through September 30 of each year and you can learn more about the regulations on our Weeds & Grass page

To file a complaint, Code Enforcement can be reached at 541-774-2016 or you can file a complaint on their website by clicking here.


*For County property outside of Medford city limits, there is no ordinance for weed and grass abatement. You can visit Jackson County Code Enforcement's website for more information or call them at 541-774-6906.
Medford Fire-Rescue does not install child safety seats. However, we do have a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) who performs safety seat checks one day per month. These checks are done by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance. Car seats must be installed to the best of your ability prior to coming to the appointment.

To schedule an appointment for a child safety seat check, please call our Headquarters at 541-774-2300.
Medford Fire-Rescue's jurisdiction includes the City of Medford and Fire District 2. To find out if you are in our district, you can contact our Headquarters at 541-774-2300 or, you can visit the Jackson County Interactive Mapping website. Once there:
  • Select the "Precincts & Districts" tab
  • In the column titled "Layer List", uncheck the boxes next to "Tax Lots" and "Voting Precincts" and check the box next to "Fire Districts"
  • Search for the property address in the search bar
  • Click on the black dot that appears on the map of the property and a little white arrow will appear in the bar at the top of the search result box
  • Click the white arrow to display the fire district assigned to the property

 
Medford Rural Fire Protection District 2

The Medford Rural Fire Protection District 2 Board of Directors meet on the first Wednesday monthly at 3:00 PM in the Lausmann Annex, Rm 151 (See Special Notice for call-in information during the COVID-19 crisis).  All meetings are advertised in the Mail Tribune.

Lausmann Annex
200 S. Ivy St., Room 151
Medford, OR 97501

Additional Department Information

Fire-Rescue Contacts

Medford Fire Department HeadQuarters
200 South Ivy Street, Room #180
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-2300
Fax: (541) 774-2514
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