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Public Education

Philomath Fire & Rescue is committed to keeping its community safer through fire and life safety education. Methods used to increase safety awareness include: in classroom school education, fire extinguisher training, community meetings, community events, safety fairs, mass media, safety campaigns, home and business safety inspections and planning, speakers for presentations at school and businesses, and station tours.

First Aid / CPR / AED Courses

Philomath Fire and Rescue offers AHA certified First Aid, CPR, and AED classroom courses at the Fire Station.  Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. In this course, students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.  This course also teaches adult, child, and infant CPR and AED use.

Upon successful completion of the course, including a first aid, CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver First Aid CPR
AED course completion card, valid for 2 years.  There is a nominal charge for the course.  Arrangements can be made for a course for businesses, schools, churches, and other groups.  Click here for the course flyer or to register.


This program was primarily designed for wildfire evacuation, but can also be adapted for use in the case of earthquake or other disaster situations.  Philomath Fire & Rescue can provide a class on disaster preparedness, and the use of Ready, Set, Go materials.  For more information click here or contact us for more information.


Philomath Fire & Rescue welcomes the opportunity to educate our residents - both young and old!  We offer Station tours for pre-school, school age, seniors, scouts, and other groups that want to get to know what we do.  Hear the Beep (smoke alarm), Dress the Firefighter, Engine and Truck tour, basic safety, cooking safety, fire extinguisher training, and more are offered in tours that last from 30-90 minutes, depending on the size of the group.  Fire Prevention take-home materials, coloring books, helmets, and badges are free to tour guests.


Philomath Fire & Rescue hosts car seat inspection events throughout the year, and district residents can call to make an appointment to have a car seat inspected.  We will assist educating you on the proper installation and use of a child safety seat (including infant, rear facing, forward facing, convertible, combination, and booster seats).  We have an on-site National Child Passenger Safety Certified Technician to assist you and answer your questions.  The service is available Monday-Friday from 9am to 4pm (regular business days) - call ahead to make an appointment.


Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.

A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for Philomath Fire & Rescue and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever.

To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase).  Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.  New detectors are now being manufactured with 10-year lifespans including the batteries (which can last up to 10 years).

 If you are having issues with your smoke detector, or need assistance in replacing it, please contact our office at 541.360.0030 during normal business hours, and we would be happy to come out to assist you.  If your smoke detector sounds, and you are uncertain as to the reason, call 9-1-1 immediately.

For more information, or scheduling events and courses, contact Capt. Rich Saalsaa at the Fire Department:  541.360.0029 or send in a request for information by completing the form below:

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