The West Side Fire Department provides services to 25 square miles of the West Side Fire Protection District. We cover an additional 25 square miles that is encompassed in an auto aid agreement with Oregon Department of Forestry and the United States Forest Service for fire protection. West Side Fire District’s population is roughly 5,000 with an influx in the peak of summer due to tourism and seasonal labor. The department responds to roughly 400+ calls for service each year. We are always striving to achieve the highest level of professionalism and efficiency on behalf of those we serve. WSRFPD operates on a tax rate of .78/1000 per assessed value of property located within the fire district. The City of Hood River and WSRFPD have an agreement that outlines payments for properties annexed within the district.
Westside Fire is located on the outskirts of Hood River in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Hood River Valley is a playground for recreationalists and outdoor enthusiasts. West Side is one of five agencies that provide Fire and EMS services in Hood River County. Our main station is located on the outskirts of Hood River at 1185 Tucker Road. We also have a remote station and training center located on the west side of the district at 4250 Barrett drive.
We are a combination department staffed by two full time positions, a Fire Marshal and a Captain / Training Officer and one part time bookkeeper/payroll administrator. 70 volunteers make up the majority of the firefighting ranks. The department is made up of four active fire companies, each with a Captain, Lieutenant, Engineer, and several firefighters. There is a support division, company five, made up of those members wanting to help outside the fire ground. Company 6 is our dedicated EMS only group made up of EMR’s thru Paramedics. We have a student firefighter program that runs in cooperation with Hood River Valley High School and Horizon Christian School. The Board of Directors is elected by the community. The Chief and Fire Marshal are appointed by the Board of Directors. The remaining officers are appointed by the Chief and Assistant Chiefs. Firefighters are assigned to companies based on company size, need and qualifications.