Applegate Valley wishes a happy retirement to
Brett Fillis, after 20 years of service to this community as our Fire Chief.
Applegate Valley Fire District says "goodbye" to fire chief
Tuesday March 29, 2016 marks Brett Fillis's last day as Chief of the Applegate Fire District. Fillis served 40 years in the fire service, all of which were right here in southern Oregon. He began in Rogue River, then went to the Valley Fire Service in Grants Pass, now known as Rural/Metro Fire, then became Chief of the Applegate Fire District about 20 years ago. Fillis's legacy includes wildland fire and fuel reduction training, and getting the best equipment possible for his crew to serve the community. "Helping landowners accomplish their personal fuel reduction goals and preparedness goals, those are big things that I look back on and makes me feel really good that I helped accomplish something," Fillis said.
Filling Fillis's boots is Michel McLaughlin, who served 30 years in Southern California's San Bernardino County. "The people here in the Applegate Valley and the surrounding jurisdictions that we run mutual aid with, have been nothing but warm-welcoming," McLaughlin said. McLaughlin began his job on March 1st and has been serving as an interim chief in the meantime. He moved to southern Oregon with his family while he was still working in southern California. He was commuting more than 700 miles each way to work.
The new Fire Chief, Mike McLaughlin welcomes the opportunity to meet you and to serve this community.
Please come by the District Office and welcome
Mike as our new Fire Chief.
are open to the public;
Next Board meeting is Wednesday May 18, 2016-
6 pm - New Training Building.
This will also be the Budget Hearing where the Board will discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2016 as approved by the Applegate Valley Fire District Budget Committee.
A summary of the budget is presented below.
Notice of Budget Hearing
Please visit the following link for more information on the next meetiing.
For more information visit the Board Page.
Message from your Safety Committee;
"Protect your senses: remember to use eye,
hearing and respiratory protection on scene".
Create a Defensible Space
This is the time to prepare your home for Wildfire Season. Create a defensible space. Call or stop by to find out information on fuel reduction grants. Outdoor burning of yard debris is now permitted
only on burn days.
Be sure to call the burn advisory before you burn;
Jackson Co. 541 776-7007
Josephine Co. 476-9663
Be Ready for all Emergencies.
Have a Family Plan.
Ready, Set, Go
The evacuation plan has been developed by County Emergency Management and the Fire Chiefs Assoc. to raise awareness on Evacuation Procedures & Current Emergency incidents.
Ready - Be Prepared & Have an Evacuation Plan
Set - Significant Danger, Stay informed & be ready to go in a moments notice
Go -Leave immediately. Follow evacuation plan & stay informed
Stay informed by visiting RVEM.org
Sign up for Citizens Alert
Stayed Informed with Current Emergency Information
for Josephine County & Jackson County
Thank you for all you do to keep informed and prepared.
We appreciate your support!
Creat a Family Escape Plan.
Think about your animals too!
Post a visible address sign.
First one is always free from HQ...
Call the District Office to set up a Fire Safety Education that is right for you! Ask for Carey; 541-899-1050
Please contact Carey @ the District Office for more information