Philomath Fire & Rescue relies upon our Volunteers to support our response to the District. Our Volunteer Personnel provide response through our Resident Volunteer Program, Home Responder Program, and Duty shifts, Volunteers respond on all of our 700+ calls throughout the year, ensuring a robust response to the needs of our community members. They also provide Fire and Medical Standby for community events like the Inavale Horse Trials and the PHS Homecoming Bonfire.
With all that they do in mind, we would like to showcase a few of our members below:
Dan Kearl was recognized at our Annual Appreciation Dinner as Emergency Responder of the Year for 2020. Dan has been a member of the Philomath Fire District since 2009. He also volunteers with a regional emergency radio group in addition to his hours with the Fire District.
Chris Leonard has been a Volunteer Firefighter since 2015. He has taken on several projects for the District, displaying his technical expertise, including caring for our original response engine, Old #1. Lenoard has also applied his strong logical thinking to the role of Pumper Operator, coordinating the mechanisms that regulate water flow on fire scenes.
Lindsay Taylor was recognized as Most Inspiration at the Appreciation Dinner and also received recognition as Outstanding Firefighter of 2020 from the IAFF Local 4925. She is a Resident Volunteer with the Fire Department and is currently attending school to complete her Advanced Emergency Medical Technician certification. Lindsay took on the role of Senior Resident Volunteer, helping initiate new Resident Volunteers to the District. She also acted as the Volunteer Association President for 2019.
Jacob Bergstrom was awarded Resident Volunteer fo the Year for 2020. He has been a Resident Volunteer with Philomath Fire since 2018 and juggles the responsibilities of school and emergency response to the Philomath Community.