Dual fire protection set in place for rural areas as fire season approaches

SOUTHERN OREGON — Some of your tax money goes towards dual fire protection, courtesy of rural fire districts and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Rural Metro Fire Department says dual-assessed properties where wild-land and structures meet receive a coordinated dual-response from ODF and rural fire districts to any wildfire during fire season.

When that happens, it says ODF is responsible for containing the fire perimeters and natural resources, while rural fire districts focus on burning structures, evacuation and emergency medical services.

Rural Metro Division Chief, Austin Prince, says both agencies bring unique tools and protection for people.

“You get a little bit of both, you get the forestry side of the firefight plus the structural side and there’s some cross-training and equipping that a lot of the departments have in order to support ODF on the fire ground,” said Prince.

He says in the last 2 decades, 900 fires have broken out and been contained with the combined efforts of his rural fire district and ODF.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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