Information for prospective members about the Corbett Fire District
The Corbett Fire District (CFD) was formally organized in 1949 and is governed by a five member elected Board of Directors. It is financed with a tax base. Currently the department has a half time Chief and 30 men and women volunteers, who range in age from 20 years to 70 + years. For new recruits the CFD provides all of the equipment and training as well as on- going training for all members. For the first six months the recruits will train two nights per week; after that they will train one night per week.
In 2022 the CFD responded to over 500 incidents that included structure, brush, and vehicle fires, medical calls, rope and water rescue calls, vehicle accidents, as well as hazardous materials incidents.
The CFD has three stations located in Aims, Corbett, and Springdale. It has modern equipment and the community just approved a bond issue to update the stations as well as other improvements. Additionally, the Oregon State Fire Marshall’s Office just awarded a grant for an additional water tender that will be stationed in Springdale.
The organization has a proud 74 year old tradition. Last year the CFD won an award from the Oregon Special Districts Association for its innovative program to prevent drownings on the Sandy River. Additionally, in past years eleven members of the group have been selected as Oregon Volunteer Firefighter of the Year by the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Prospective members are preferred to live within the fire district, be 18 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, fill out an application that is due August 1, 2023, pass a physical agility test, undergo a background check, as well as pass an oral interview. (Go to Corbettfire.com to download the application which is located at the bottom of the page)
On July 19, 2023 at the Corbett Fire Station, which is located at 36930 East Historic Columbia River Highway, all prospective members and their families are invited for hamburgers and hot dogs. The meeting, which will start at 6:30 PM, will be an opportunity to ask questions, meet the members, and view the equipment. The CFD believes in the importance of the family for the entire organization. It has an annual summer picnic and an annual banquet for all members and their families. Additionally, the department provides an Employee Assistance Program for all of its members and membership in the Life Flight program for members. Lastly, the department is one of the few all volunteer departments in the state that has a (401a) retirement program for members. For additional questions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org