At 6:00pm on Sunday, November 18th, East Umatilla County RFPD, Helix Fire, and Medic 400 responded to an initial single vehicle accident on Highway 204 near milepost 16. Upon arrival it was discovered there were two separate accidents. Life Flight was dispatched and Highway 204 was closed. A second Life Flight helicopter was requested, but couldn't launch because of weather between LaGrande and Highway 204. One vehicle rolled over on the highway and another vehicle went down a short embankment. Highway 204 was closed for several hours while EUCRFPD and Helix Fire worked diligently to extricate the patients and control traffic. Two patients were transported; one by Life Flight and the other by Medic 400.
At 4:00pm on Saturday, November 17th, East Umatilla County RFPD and Helix Fire responded to a jack knifed SUV and trailer on Highway 11 near milepost 20. The SUV towing the trailer lost control while going northbound on Highway 11 and the highway was closed for a couple of hours. Medic 400 was on scene and checked out the driver and passengers. No one was transported.
At 11:28am on Saturday, November 17th, East Umatilla County and Helix RFPD responded to a mutual aid call in Athena for a garage fire on the 400 block of 4th Street in Athena. Athena Volunteer Fire Department, EUCRFPD and Helix Fire worked together for several hours to fight this fire. There were two structures that caught fire.
Engine 69 and Ladder 69 from Athena Volunteer Fire Department, Engine 61 and Brush 61 from EUCRFPD, Tender 71 from Helix Fire, and Medic 400 responded with 18 personnel for this fire. The three fire departments fought this fire between two buildings, a garage, and a shed. The structures were inappropriately distanced from one another. They fought through metal, asphalt, wood shake, and OSB to get the fire out.
The fire is still under investigation. No one was injured. Medic 400 was on scene to check firefighters well-being.
At 9:00pm on Thursday, November 15th, East Umatilla County RFPD, Helix RFPD and Athena Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 100 block of Morrison Street in Adams for a homeowner who smelled smoke in the kitchen.
A hose line was deployed by Athena Fire and entry was made by 2 firefighters from East Umatilla County RFPD into the house. They checked the interior and used a thermal imaging camera to locate any heat and to determine where the smoke smell was coming from.
After investigating it was determined that an old hard-wired radio located in the kitchen by the stove was the culprit.
Engine 61 and Command 61 from East Umatilla County, Tender 71 from Helix, and Engine 69 from Athena all responded with a total of 13 firefighters. Pacific Power and Light was called as a precaution. Umatilla County Sheriff's Office was requested for traffic control.
A ventilation fan was used to remove as much smoke smell from the house as possible before all units were released from the scene.
The homeowners were fine and no one was displaced.
On October 23 at 7:34pm East Umatilla County RFPD, Athena Fire Department and Medic 400 were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on LaMar Gulch Road and Sherman Street just outside of Athena. One power pole and transformer were extensively damaged and Pacific Power arrived on scene. 3 people were in the vehicle and miraculously got out on their own. No one was transported to the hospital.
Today East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District personnel burned several slash piles in the city of Weston. This was debris from the July 12 fire that threatened State Street.
On October 9, at 6:47 pm, East Umatilla County RFPD was called to a motor vehicle accident at milepost 16 on Highway 204. A semi truck had rolled on its side. EUCRFPD and Medic 61 worked for an hour to successfully extricate the patient out of the cab of the semi truck. Lifeflight was called, but couldn't respond due to the fog and rain so the patient was transported to a local hospital by Medic 61.
East Umatilla County RFPD responded to a call for mutual aid. Brush 62 and Chief 61 went with 4 firefighters to assist with this fire in Pendleton. Photo by Pendleton Fire
On September 24, 2018 at 11:00am, Helix Fire and East Umatilla County RFPD were dispatched to a field fire. A person was cutting weeds and a fire started. It became a stubble field fire. 4 brush trucks, 1 tender and a command vehicle with a total of 9 firefighters responded to the call. Helix and East Umatilla County RFPD worked together to put this 8 acre fire out.
On September 19th at 11:45 am, East Umatilla County Rural Fire Protection District was dispatched to two grass fires in the ditch on Bannister Road between Weston and Athena. The fires were in stubble and were slowly creeping along.
Brush 61, Brush 62, Tender 61 and Command 61 were manned by 7 firefighters and Chief Baty. There was about 3/4 of an acre burned between both fires. These fires are suspicious in nature and are being investigated by the Oregon Fire Marshal's Office.