North Lincoln Fire Chief Rob Dahlman this week gave the Lincoln City City Council a high altitude report on how things are going with the fire department. Chief Rob Dahlman told the council that his department has teamed up with other fire agencies in northern Lincoln County for faster response times and expanded team work in knocking down blazes. Echo Mountain Fire included.
Chief Dahlman told the Council about how mutual connections with other fire departments in Lincoln are proving very advantagious and enhances safety while in the field. Chief Dahlman says mutual aid agreements with the Oregon Department of Forestry, Yamhill FD, Polk FD, and North Lincoln Fire have been building mutual aid scenarios so they can get to fires as well as traffic crashes faster. And a new fire department under the command of the Grand Rhonde Tribe will help cover their own community and be able to trigger mutual-aid assaults on fires on their tribal land when called to the scene.
Chief Dahlman pointed out that many visitors to the coast head for the beaches – and many build campfires. He said, however, those beach fires are now banned every day, 24/7, due to extreme fire danger along with a pattern of carelessness when visitors leave to go home. Even when they bury their campfire, the beach winds sooner or later lift burning materials that emit sparks when they make their way to the open air. Those sparks drift great distances and can light onto the ground, plants or trees which often times launch sizeable forest and house fires. So keep a sharp eye on anything that looks like there’s something “down there.”
Chief Dahlman also commented on the ever-dangerous beach, tree or beach-house fires. Chief Dahlman told the City Council that those living up Logan Road have, in the past, trapped bikers, walkers and drivers on the only escape route with a fire in their rear-view mirror. Chief Dahlman told the City Council that it’s getting to the point that any fires up or down Logan Road can trigger rapid escape operations so no one gets hurt or burned because Logan Road fills up easy with people trying to get out of the way of a fire and fire trucks.
And Chief Dahlman reminded the City Council that there is another election coming up which involves a special five year tax levy to help the North Lincoln Fire Department keep up with the growth in tourists who frequently decide to establish new homes in Lincoln City. The last fire department tax levy was voted down but North Lincoln Fire is going to try to make a go of it on the upcoming November 2nd ballot.