Molalla Rural Fire Protection District #73 is approximately 101 square miles with an ambulance service area (ASA) of 350 square miles covering a portion of the neighboring fire districts and the unprotected wilderness area. The District operates from three stations: Station 82, the headquarters station in the city of Molalla; Station 81, four miles to the north on Highway 213 and Station 85, five miles south on Sawtell Road. Both the Sawtell and Mulino stations are served by volunteers living in those areas. MRFPD #73, an Oregon special service district, is a modern, full-service fire agency, providing fire suppression, prevention, investigation, public education, rescue, and ambulance transport services.
Molalla Fire District is currently served by 12 career staff that includes one part time office assistant. Three students and sixty-five volunteer and support staff. Six of the line firefighter/paramedics were hired from a combination of Federal Grant Funding and a recently passed tax levy. Below you will find a short bio on each of the staff members.
I started as a volunteer at Bay City Fire and then came to Molalla, in 2011, as a student resident while I attended Paramedic school. After receiving my Paramedic I went to work for American Medical Response in Portland and continued to volunteer at Molalla. I was hired full time at Molalla Fire in May of 2014.
Some of my duties include: fighting structure fires, responding to medical calls as a Paramedic on the ambulance, pumping the fire engine as an Apparatus Operator, responding to motor vehicle crashes, and fighting wildland fires.
In my free time I enjoy: Photography, Running, Soccer (real football), Cross Country Skiing, Hiking, and just generally exploring the great outdoors! I am an Oregon coast boy with webbed feet and known for saying, “This isn’t rain, it’s just humidity!” I was once accused of smiling too much by a 5 year old and asked “do you ever have a bad day?”
I have been a part of Molalla Fire for five years and I look forward to continuing to serve in this community!
Before Molalla I was born and raised in Knappa Oregon, which is about 15 miles east of Astoria. I currently reside within the City of Molalla with my girlfriend Cassie. When not working, we enjoy traveling, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
I was born and raised in the Rogue Valley before moving to Molalla to start this new and exciting job. During my off time, I like to enjoy the outdoors by hiking, fishing and hunting. I also enjoy riding the back roads on my motorcycle from time to time
I started my fire training in 1989 and started as a volunteer in 1990. In 2000 I was hired full time on “B” shift. I have lived in the greater Molalla area all my life. I enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing and quiet back road motorcycle rides. I live just outside city limits with my wonderful wife and lovely daughter.
Board Of Directors
Molalla Fire District is NOT affiliated in any way with the City of Molalla and receives no funding from the city. Molalla Fire district is a “Special District” governed by a 5 member board of directors who are elected by the citizens of Molalla. Board positions have a four year term. Below are the Board Members names and their term history.
|Board Member||Years Elected||Term Expires|
|Position #1||Mike Towner||2007, 2011,2015||2019|
|Position #2||Brian Wolfe||2007, 2011,2015||2019|
|Position #3||Steve Long||2011,2015||2019|
|Position #4||Todd Gary||2005, 2009, 2013||2017|
|Position #5||Verne Gingerich||1999, 2003 2007, 2013||2017|