Medford Fire-Rescue will have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to open the new Fire Station #2 at 1107 Stewart Avenue on Monday, February 13, 2017 at noon. Medford Fire-Rescue will host an Open House in the late Spring.
Mayor Wheeler, City Councilors, City Manager Brian Sjothun, and members of the Project Team are scheduled to attend. During the ceremony Medford Fire-Rescue Honor Guard will raise the flag, while the Pipes and Drum team plays. Crew members will back a new fire engine into the station to place it in service. At the conclusion of the ceremony, crews will begin responding to emergency calls from the new location and the old station at Eighth and Lincoln will be closed.
On Saturday January 28th, 2017, Medford Fire-Rescue will be assisting the local Red Cross Home Fire Campaign with the installation of smoke alarms to area residents from 10 am - 4 pm. The free smoke alarms, provided by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's, office are tamper resistant and have a 10 year lithium battery.
Smoke alarms in homes have become such a common feature that it's easy for people to take them for granted. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%). Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death and injury from a home fire in half.
We were recently reminded just how important smoke alarms are after an early morning fire started in a mobile home causing extensive damage. The smoke alarm that alerted the occupants and saved their lives had been installed just months earlier by Medford-Fire Rescue when they were at the residence for an unrelated call.
A working smoke detector can save your life, as it did for those citizens. Please take a moment and make sure you have a working smoke detector.
For more information regarding this program you can visit the Red Cross at www.redcross.org/local/oregon/home-fire-safety or contact Medford Fire-Rescue at www.medfordfirerescue.org
January 24, 2017 0125 am
4069 S. Pacific Hwy #104 (Royal Oaks Mobile Manor)
At 0125 in the early morning hours, Fire crews from Medford Fire-Rescue and Jackson County Fire District #5 were summoned to a Structure Fire -- Roof on fire at Unit 104.
To occupants at the address were awoken by the smoke alarm and safely exited their home as it filled with smoke.
Fire units arrived within 7 minutes met the occupants and initiated a fire attack. The fire was quickly knocked down and was isolated to the kitchen and much of the attic over the kitchen and living room.
A total of 5 units and 17 personnel responded and safely controlled the fire.
There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters during the incident.
Fire Cause is under investigation at this time.
The fire caused extensive damage and has rendered the home un-safe to occupy.
Medford Fire-Rescue is working with the Red Cross to place the Occupant and his daughter.
The smoke detector that alerted the occupants and saved their lives was installed just months earlier by Medford-Fire Rescue when they were at the residence for an unrelated 911 call.
A working smoke detector can save your life as it did with these citizens this morning. Please take a moment and assure you have a working smoke detector.
Submitted by. Erin Sawall, Battalion Chief, Medford Fire-Rescue