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State Fire Marshal program delivers first engine to Crescent fire agency; Jefferson County Fire got theirs; 4 more coming to C.O.

(Update: Jefferson County Fire and EMS picks up new engine)

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Oregon State Fire Marshal on Tuesday delivered its first engine, to Central Cascades Fire and EMS in Crescent, as part of its Engine Program and Response Ready Oregon Initiative. Jefferson County Fire & EMS picked up their Type 3 engine on Wednesday, and four more Central Oregon fire agencies also will be receiving new fire engines or water tenders this year through the program.

The first engine was picked up in Salem by Central Cascades Fire & EMS, marking a significant milestone in the program's mission to enhance community resilience and preparedness. This program is designed to boost capacity and modernize equipment within the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System as the state deals with the ongoing wildfire crisis.   

This delivery of the Type 3 engine represents a collaborative effort between the Oregon State Fire Marshal and the Oregon fire service, highlighting the commitment to strengthening statewide fire response networks. The engine will serve as a vital resource in ensuring swift and effective emergency assistance to communities across the state. 

“Today is a very exciting day for the OSFM, the Oregon fire service, and communities across the state,” OSFM Chief Deputy Travis Medema said. “To see the first type 3 engine head out to serve Oregonians marks a monumental achievement. Over the last few years, so much work has gone into making this program a reality and it is so awesome to see how far the dedication by our staff and the fire service has gotten us.” 

As the engines and water tenders are built, they will be delivered to the OSFM’s Salem headquarters, where the local fire agency awarded the apparatus will be able to inspect and pick up the apparatus.  

In total, the OSFM has purchased 76 apparatus, which are set to be delivered through 2024. A total of 26 Type 3 engines, 20 Type 6 engines, and 30 water tenders were purchased. The $25 million program was made possible through Senate Bill 762, Oregon's wildfire omnibus bill, which was signed into law in 2021.

Several Central Oregon fire agencies are getting new vehicles: Type 3 engines to the Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire District, Jefferson County Fire & EMS, and the Sisters Camp Sherman Rural Fire District; a Type 6 engine to Bend Fire & Rescue; and a tender to the Cloverdale Rural Fire District. 

The OSFM previously announced the awarded agencies. The full list, a map of awardees, and other information can be found on the agency’s engine program webpage.  


The OSFM’s Response Ready Oregon initiative was created to boost capacity and modernize wildfire response within the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS). The goal of Response Ready Oregon is to attack fires while they are small and keep them away from communities, helping to prevent huge costly wildfires. 

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