Our Mission

Neighbor helping neighbor since 1948.

The West Side Fire District shall help preserve and enhance the quality of life in our community by protecting life and property in and around the fire district by providing: Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Emergency Medical Services, Public Awareness Programs, Inspections and other related services. This shall be accomplished by the dedicated service of our volunteer firefighters.

 

Contact us about any questions or start the conversation if your interested in being a Volunteer : 541.386.1550


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Visit the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District Info page here. The District is responsible for the protection of 2.2 million acres of private and public forest and rangeland in 11 counties in the north-central portion of Oregon.

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3 days ago

West Side Fire District

We understand travelers have been stuck in the Gorge for many long hours, and we know how awful that can be.

At this time, I-84 westbound remains closed between Hood River and Cascade Locks, MP 64-44. All vehicles have been cleared and remaining trucks in the area have been preparing to depart.

Once the remaining trucks have left, we will plow, sand and salt the roadway to break up and remove snow and ice.

Another, similar weather system is expected in the Gorge tonight. Travelers are advised to avoid the area. Washington SR 14 and U.S. 26 may not be good alternatives depending on your vehicle and current conditions. SR 14 is not open to commercial vehicles.

We understand everyone's frustration and concerns about this event. It's been awful for people stuck in the Gorge for hours and hours. Naturally, we've received a lot of operational questions about preparedness for the area.

Although our crews have been monitoring weather 24/7, had extensive plans, pre-treated the area with deicer, sand and salt, the Gorge has remained a challenging area for crews. We've experienced multiple microburst snow and ice storms Tuesday and early this morning which have lessened the impact of our efforts. Snow, freezing rain, ice and quickly falling and rising temperatures and more can wash away salt and deicer faster than we can lay it down.

When you couple this challenge with vehicles traveling without traction devices, the resulting crashes and blocking of lanes can make opening the highway and keeping it open very difficult.

Along with our partners at Oregon State Police, we'll be stepping up tire chain enforcement for trucks, as well as vehicles. Please do not travel in winter weather without chains. Use them when needed.

Unfortunately, we're expecting another similar weather system in the Gorge tonight. We strongly urge travelers to avoid the area. No matter where you travel in Oregon over the next few days be prepared for storm conditions such as flooding, freezing rain, snow and more. Carry chains. Have an emergency kit. Have extra food and water.

We are very sorry that folks, and their families waiting for them have had to deal with this situation. We will continue to work around the clock to assess the situation and review our operations and response policies moving forward.
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We're back over I-84 in the Columbia Gorge ? ODOT closed the westbound lanes from Hood River to Cascade Locks after several drivers lost control on the slick, icy roadway. Transportation officials say they're working to clear stuck vehicles and plow lanes
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We wanted to reach out and say thank you to those out in the weather and maintaining our roads! Winter clearly isn’t over and there’s 4-6 more inches of snow coming. Please drive safe, shovel around hydrants close to you and thank those who have definitely earned it. ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

West Side Fire District

All Hood River County Schools are closed tomorrow Monday February 11th, 2019 ... See MoreSee Less

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West Side Fire Station #1 (Training Center), 4250 Barrett Rd.

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West Side Fire Station #2 (Admin. Office), 1185 Tucker Rd.