Crews Train for Water Rescues

GOLD HILL, Ore. — As more people hit the water to cool off this summer, emergency crews prepared for water rescue efforts. Crews from Fire District 3 held a swift water training near Gold Hill Wednesday. Firefighters learned how to paddle and maneuver rafts and how to safely reach someone who is trapped on the … Continue reading »

Agencies Step Up Firework Enforcement

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — With Independence day getting closer, law enforcement and fire crews are teaming up to keep people safe from the fires and injuries over the holiday weekend. Fire District 3 and Central Point Police Department will both be stepping up enforcement over the next few days, and will be looking out for people … Continue reading »

Fire Officials Inspect Fireworks Tents

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Fire District 3 was out inspecting firework vendors tents on the first day fireworks can be legally sold in Oregon. The first day of sales may be Monday, but manager Jim Ford said opening takes days of perpetration. “The larger tents take a long time to set up and get all … Continue reading »

Officials Review Report on Merger

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two fire departments, two service areas and one possibility of merging the two. “When you call 9-1-1, what you care about is that someone responds quickly, who is well equipped, well trained and able to take care of your problem,” said Vice President of the board for Fire District 3, Colin Fagan. … Continue reading »

More Small Fires Reported This Year

White City – Fire season isn’t supposed to start for another month, but local fire departments say they are already seeing brush and roadside fires starting up. So far Fire District 3 has reported 11 grass and brush fires.  Fire officials say that’s a high number for this time of year.  Looking back over the past … Continue reading »

Wildfire Awareness Month Preps Residents

MEDFORD, Ore. – Oregon Wildfire Awareness month is kicking off on Thursday. Fire officials said to prepare for a wildfire have a wildfire emergency plan in place.  Also, get your house ready by creating a defensible space surrounding your home up to 100 feet.  This means to make sure your yard is well maintained, and remove … Continue reading »

Fire Crews Gear up for Wildfire Season

MEDFORD, Ore. — Fire crews across the Rogue Valley are gearing up for another, possibly intense fire season.  Fire departments are dusting off their wildland firefighting gear, and the Oregon Department of Forestry already has crews hard at work. Fire danger is at low right now, but that will be changing within the coming months.  … Continue reading »

Garage Fire in Central Point

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A major structure fire is burning on the 4600 block of N. Pacific Highway in Central Point. The call came it at about 10:15 P.M. reporting a garage burning to the ground. Neighbors were the first to see the smoke and called 911. The fire was spreading so fast that crews … Continue reading »

Firefighters Open Door to Help Aquarium

GOLD HILL, Ore. — With ice on the interstate and chains on their tires, the weather proved to be much colder than two men coming from southern California anticipated. “We were coming down and we had to chain up and we were going really slow at that point, trying to find a warm place that … Continue reading »

2nd Alarm Fire Started by Wood Stove

MEDFORD, Ore. — Flames from a Medford home greeted Rob Neff as he came home with his son’s from practice Wednesday evening. “I turned on to Valley View, I noticed the flames were really big, called 911, said there was a fire at Valley View and Mathews Place,” said Neff. It was his neighbors home … Continue reading »

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