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Crews prepared for COVID-19
Crews prepared for COVID-19
Sheridan, SW Polk and West Valley Fire Districts declare a state of emergency (Photo) - 04/01/20

In a Special Joint Board Meeting on Monday March 30, 2020 the Boards of Directors for Sheridan, SW Polk and West Valley Fire Districts each passed resolutions that resulted in declaring a state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. This declaration allows for the administrative team for the three districts to revise of suspend normal decision-making processed in response to the pandemic. Sheridan, SW Polk and West Valley Fire Districts reached out to their resources at the beginning of this pandemic to figure out how the districts could declare a state of emergency along with the cities, counties, and states around them. While it has been common practice for declarations to be made by cities, counties, states, and federally, individual special districts have rarely found the need to declare a state of emergency. The three districts felt it was an important step in being able to continue to provide the best service possible to their communities, especially amid the pressures of the pandemic. Copies of the resolutions can be found on the three websites (, and in the Fire District Board tab under Special Meetings.

The declaration of a state of emergency is one component of the response to COVID-19. The three districts have been ramping up their operations in many ways to continue to provide excellent service to their communities. This includes limiting public access to the facilities, establishing electronic meeting systems, adapting to new personal protection and sanitizing practices, revising trainings to include social distancing, participating with regional, state and federal response systems, participating in pandemic response webinars and conference calls, deployment of Deputy Chief Damon Schulze to Oregon Health Authority, and partnering with local hospitals on safe patient practices. The three districts have made these changes to ensure the safety of their personnel and the communities they serve.

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