WEB EXTRA: Police Speak on Arson Arrest

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police have arrested Debra Irene Johns, who they believe is responsible for the multiple suspicious fires in Medford that began on June 25th. Medford Police believe Johns to be connected to 23 fires in downtown Medford in the past month, most recently in the Jackson County Jail bathroom on Wednesday morning. … Continue reading »

Crews Busy With Suspicious Fires

MEDFORD, Ore. – Police and firefighters have been busy chasing suspicious fires for the better part of three weeks, but no suspects have been arrested in any of those cases. The latest was a string of five small fires set in alleys in west Medford Wednesday. All of those fires were small and only damaged … Continue reading »

Fire Destroys Building

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford fire crews are still trying to figure out what started a fire in a vacant building. An off-duty firefighter called the fire in yesterday morning, after he saw thick smoke and flames coming from an abandoned home on King’s Highway. When crews arrived, they found the structure to be fully engulfed … 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 »

Medford Fire Works on CPR Techniques

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford Fire is training its crews to save more lives through cardiac resuscitation. Thursday through Saturday the department held its quarterly CPR requirement for all firefighters and emergency medical crews. The training covered basic life-saving measures, how to improve response time, and even how to adjust to variables like a person’s medical … Continue reading »

No Clues Yet in Medford House Fire

MEDFORD, Ore – Fire investigators continued looking into what sparked a large fire in a Medford home Thursday night. The fire destroyed the garage and damaged part of the house on Mallard Lane shortly before midnight on Thursday. The family was able to escape safely as crews battled those flames. Friday morning, the family went … Continue reading »

Medford Fire to Replace Older Stations

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford firefighters got the final piece of the puzzle that will allow them to replace and repair old and outdated fire stations across the city. Thursday, the Medford City Council approved a utility fee increase of about $2 per month for every resident and business for the next year. That money will … Continue reading »

New Fire Station Plan in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — After years of talk, the Medford Fire Department is making plans to move its smallest and most outdated fire station to a new location. On Thursday, the Medford City Council gave the OK to a plan to buy a one and a third acre parcel on West Stewart Avenue on which to … Continue reading »

Medford Arson Investigation Continues

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Fire Department is working with Medford Police on an investigation of a string of arsons at vacant homes. The most recent arson under investigation occurred last night off Prune Street in west Medford. Fire officials say the fire started in the garage and caused $30,000 in damage. Medford Fire officials … Continue reading »

Demo Shows Importance of Sprinklers

MEDFORD, Ore. — In less than three minutes, a fire can burn everything inside one room; it’s a message the Medford Fire Department demonstrated to the Chamber of Commerce. Members from the Chamber of Commerce visited the fire department, learning about what the fire department does, from extrications, to putting out fires. In one demonstration, … Continue reading »

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