Water Tender 652 working the West Scriver Fire
Now Accepting Applications.
The Payette Fire Department is now accepting applications for Volunteer Firefighters. If you are 19 years or older and wish to help your community by becoming a volunteer firefighter stop by the fire station Mon - Fri and pick up an application.
Due to extremely dry conditions and the unusually heavy fire fuel load, the Payette Fire Department hereby issues a ban on open burning effective July 1, 2015.
The burn ban coincides with bands being implemented at the same in Payette City, Payette Rural Fire, New Plymouth Fire Department and Malheur County, Oregon.
The ban includes all open burning, including burn barrels, fire pits, and recreational burning until further notice. Exceptions may be made for agricultural burns upon request to the fire authority of the local jurisdiction.
The City of Payette will continue to allow recreational and camp fires with a permit obtainable from Payette City Hall, Payette Fire Department or online at Payettedps.com.
If there are any questions regarding the burn ban, please contact us at 208-642-6028.
Steve Castenada, Chief
Payette Fire Department
Payette Fire attended the Lunch in the Park at the Payette Primary School where children had the opportunity to tour city engine 601.
Payette City Fire was on hand 6/18 for Summer Reading at the Payette Library where children had the opportunity to visit with Sparky the fire dog along with taking a tour of Engine 601.
The program, known as “Text-to-911,” enables people to open a new text message and enter “911” as the recipient and then indicate their exact location and the nature of their emergency in the text message. Lt. Creech says a voice call is still the most reliable way for dispatchers to locate a person who needs help. "Dispatchers can get location information from a call even when the caller cannot tell us. A location transmitted with a text message may be less precise for responders.” Read the entire press release here.
Payette Rural Fire responded to Maple Ct. on 6/23/2015 for a brush fire. Once on scene units found a fire that was burning over an embankment. As brush trucks started to suppression of the fire a structure engine was placed next to a residence for structure protection. Mutual-aid was requested from Ontario Rural Fire for an additional brush truck. As the fire was being attacked from the top crews were sent to the bottom with a portable pump and hose using a creek below to work the fire from below. Fire crews were out approx. 4 ½ hours mopping up the fire. Thanks you Ontario Rural Fire for your assistance at the fire.
Payette City & Payette Rural Fire have jointly built Light Rescue 655. 655 originally started as a type 6 Brush truck and was in service until Payette Rural purchased a new 2014 Ford F550 and built a new brush truck. 655 was then stripped of its old cascade, Pump and water tank then sent off to a local body shop for body repair and painting. A new cascade unit was installed along with boxes. 655 now holds all of our extrication equipment that was split between our city & rural engines and is first out for all extractions. Below is a before and after picture of the transformation.
Payette City Fire responded to a trailer fire on March 10 just after 12:30. On arrival Fire Chief Steve Castenada found a fully involved trailer threatening multiple exposures. Crews from Payette City, Payette Rural were able to knock down the fire within 13 minutes. Ontario Fire was mutual aided to assist with an engine and manpower. The fire extended to an adjacent trailer along with radiant heat damage to a third trailer. Crews were out 3 hours on mop up and investigation.
Payette Fire Department now provides Smoke Detector checks and battery replacements for Senior Citizens of Payette. If you would like to help the Fire Department continue this program you can purchase and leave 9-Volt batteries at Darts True Value Hardware Store located on Main Street in Payette and we will pick them up. Or you can purchase 9-Volt batteries and leave them at City Hall or drop them off at the Fire Station. Any questions call 642-6028.