Philomath Firefighters IAFF Local 4925

Philomath Firefighters IAFF Local 4925 Philomath Firefighters IAFF Local 4925 represents 4 positions at Philomath Fire & Rescue in Philomath, Oregon.

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Philomath Fire & Rescue Union members participated in a two-day training to be certified to operate their aerial ladder ...
07/27/2020

Philomath Fire & Rescue Union members participated in a two-day training to be certified to operate their aerial ladder Truck 251. AIC Lt Taylor was a student and Captain Rich Saalsaa was an assisting instructor in the class that was held over the weekend in Cottage Grove. The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) led the class, which was hosted by the South Lane Fire Authority. Taylor is now a certified Aerial Operator for the Department as a result of passing the course. Other South Lane personnel took part in the training on 251 with a total of four fire trucks and 20 personnel in the class.

Captain Saalsaa stated that all paid staff and four volunteers are now certified Aerial Operators. Truck 251 is used for heavy rescue, motor vehicle accidents on the highway and major streets, as well as responding to in-town fires or requested response to other fire agencies. “We will often stand by at Corvallis Fire with 251 if they have a major incident. With AIC Lt Taylor's certification, we can now respond with the truck on each shift,” Saalsaa said. The truck has been in service for nearly two years and was acquired as part of bond that was approved by voters in 2015. 251 replaced the previous ladder truck which was taken out of service due to mechanical failure.

In addition to emergency responses, 251 is used for Christmas decorating in Philomath, as well as participating in parades. Truck 251 is a “Quint”, a quintuple combination pumper, which is a fire-fighting apparatus that serves the dual purpose of an engine and a ladder truck. “Quintuple” refers to the five functions that a quint provides: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device, and ground ladders. According to Capt. Saalsaa, many urban departments have moved towards more versatile apparatus, like 251, which can aid in a wider range of emergencies and is easier to operate than some other apparatus. “We can get around town much easier with this truck, reach the taller buildings such as the new apartment complexes, and more easily train volunteer operators than our previous truck,” stated Saalsaa. The truck has a 75’ ladder, carries 500 gallons of water, and is capable of pumping up to 1250 gallons per minute. The truck also carries 35’, 24’, 16’, and 10’ ground ladders, extrication equipment (including the ‘Jaws of Life’), medical gear, rope rescue gear, heavy-duty saws, and other equipment traditionally found on truck company apparatus. “Truck 251 is a great asset to the Philomath Community and neighboring communities,” Saalsaa said.

Congratulations AIC Lt Taylor!

06/30/2020

With the 4th of July fast approaching here are some things to keep in mind for a safe and enjoyable day.

The best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show. #IAFF #IAFF​SafetyTips
Many firework-related injuries are preventable. #IAFF #IAFF​SafetyTips
Fireworks injure more than 10,000 people each year. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips
Safety matters around every type of firework. Even sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips​
Watch your children around fireworks! The risk of fireworks injuries for children under 15 is twice as high than the general population. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips​
There are twice as many fires reported on Independence Day than on any other day. 50% of those are from fireworks. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips
Don’t forget about your furry friends when things get loud. Find a safe place for them. Use a noise machine or the TV to help keep them calm. #IAFF #IAFFSafetyTips

L4925 is pleased to welcome Lindsay Taylor to our ranks.  She has accepted a position as the C shift officer.  Lindsay c...
05/13/2020

L4925 is pleased to welcome Lindsay Taylor to our ranks. She has accepted a position as the C shift officer. Lindsay comes from our Resident Volunteer program. She has shown that hard work and dedication pays off.
Welcome aboard Lindsay. We know you will succeed and be great!

01/10/2020

Change for 2020:
After 4 years as president, Rich has chosen to step down as president to spend more time with his wife. The new executive board for Local 4925 is as follows:
President - Victor Haney
Vice President - Scott Moser
Secretary/treasure - Christian Coerper

12/13/2018
Clockwise, L to R:  Capt. Rich Saalsaa, Lt. Scott Moser, Lt. Bryan Crocker, Lt. Victor Haney
03/09/2017

Clockwise, L to R: Capt. Rich Saalsaa, Lt. Scott Moser, Lt. Bryan Crocker, Lt. Victor Haney

06/28/2016

Welcome Victor Haney - the latest member of our team! We'd also take a moment to thank Ryan Rush who leaves us to go back home to Santa Clara. Ryan will be a relief FF when needed, so we'll see him again!

The Team!  Local 4925 - Philomath Firefighters.  Lt Rich Saalsaa, Fire and Life Safety; Scott Moser, Ryan Rush, Bryan Cr...
03/14/2016

The Team! Local 4925 - Philomath Firefighters. Lt Rich Saalsaa, Fire and Life Safety; Scott Moser, Ryan Rush, Bryan Crocker, Firefighters/Staff Officer Candidates.

Welcome to Chief Miller to Philomath Fire& Rescue.  A great article in today's Philomath Express.  Of course, one of us ...
03/03/2016
Miller settles in as Philomath's new fire chief

Welcome to Chief Miller to Philomath Fire& Rescue. A great article in today's Philomath Express. Of course, one of us will have to tell him that this means ice cream for everyone (getting your picture in the paper and being quoted)...

http://www.gazettetimes.com/philomathexpress/local/miller-settles-in-as-philomath-s-new-fire-chief/article_02d62659-900b-59e3-9590-6109541a8f70.html

An earthquake, birth of a daughter and his wife’s family background all came together at the right time to provide Tom Miller with a gentle push into the firefighting profession.

01/24/2016

We congratulate Ryan Riffle on being hired by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. He begins work there on 1 February. Ryan has made a huge contribution to PF&R as a firefighter, staff Lieutenant, and EMT-I. We wish him well in his new endeavors.

08/26/2015

We're a few days overdue, but we wanted to say Congratulations to (now former) Philomath Police Chief Ken Elwer on your recent retirement. It was always a pleasure working with you. Enjoy your well deserved retirement! --L4925

Recently Philomath Fire & Rescue created a new position with the intent to hybridize the EMS Officer position with the F...
08/16/2015

Recently Philomath Fire & Rescue created a new position with the intent to hybridize the EMS Officer position with the Fire Marshal position. This new position is referred to as the Fire & Life Safety Lieutenant (FLS Lt.). With that, we want to welcome the newly hired FLS Lt. Rich Saalsaa on board as Local 4925's newest member. As the picture shows, Rich will have no problem fitting in here. Congratulations Rich!

Little did Scott and Ryan realize that when they agreed to pull the PF&R Hose Cart (with Viktor) in the Frolic Parade la...
07/19/2015

Little did Scott and Ryan realize that when they agreed to pull the PF&R Hose Cart (with Viktor) in the Frolic Parade last weekend, they would be leading off the Frolic Parade for 2015. Thanks guys.

The boys at Local 4925 would like to THANK Marcia Gilson, now RETIRED EMS Officer/Admin Assistant at Philomath Fire, for...
07/01/2015

The boys at Local 4925 would like to THANK Marcia Gilson, now RETIRED EMS Officer/Admin Assistant at Philomath Fire, for her years of service to the community and beyond. An educator, an EMS provider, a Firefighter, an advocate, a mentor, a leader, a retiree.......

Enjoy retirement and thanks for putting up with us!

(And a thank you to Chief Phelps for escorting her out of the building at 1700).

We're happy to report that this guy, Scott Moser, has joined the rank-and-file of the career staff at Philomath Fire and...
06/28/2015

We're happy to report that this guy, Scott Moser, has joined the rank-and-file of the career staff at Philomath Fire and is Local 4925's newest member. Congrats Scott.

06/14/2015

FYI: As of Friday June 12th ALL backyard burning in Benton County has been banned until the end of fire season (typically mid-October). However, feel free to visit the department website to fill out a CAMPFIRE waiver.

Positive outcome for the patient, poison oak for Riffle and Sleeman.
06/04/2015

Positive outcome for the patient, poison oak for Riffle and Sleeman.

This last Tuesday we responded to a motor vehicle wreck involving an overturned chip truck into a power pole. Here is Firefighter Kearl, Lt. Riffle and Lt. Sleeman using the "Jaws of Life" to remove the patient.

Ryan and Josh providing this service to our community.
05/19/2015

Ryan and Josh providing this service to our community.

Did you know that you can have your child car seat installed at Philomath Fire & Rescue? Our trained team can help install the seat or give you advice on what to do. This is done free of charge, just call us at 541-929-3002. Here is Lt. Riffle and Lt. Sleeman installing a seat for an expectant mother.

Poignant, don't ya think? We want to thank Lieutenant Jake Alguire for 4 great years for being an admirable leader and f...
04/25/2015

Poignant, don't ya think? We want to thank Lieutenant Jake Alguire for 4 great years for being an admirable leader and for being a founding member of Local 4925. Best of luck at West Valley Fire.

Philomath Fire & Rescue is currently accepting applications for a FTE Administrative Assistant. Details at www.philomath...
04/10/2015
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Philomath Fire & Rescue is currently accepting applications for a FTE Administrative Assistant. Details at www.philomathfire.com under the "Active Employment" link.

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Congratulations goes to Viktor Bovbjerg for receiving Local 4925's 2nd annual "Volunteer of the Year" Award presented to...
03/07/2015

Congratulations goes to Viktor Bovbjerg for receiving Local 4925's 2nd annual "Volunteer of the Year" Award presented to him at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner held on February 28th at the Philomath Scout Lodge. Well deserved Viktor and thank you for your service!

Lt. Alguire (with an assist from Doug Newell and Viktor Bovbjerg) took PF&R volunteer recruits up to Sheridan Fire for s...
02/21/2015

Lt. Alguire (with an assist from Doug Newell and Viktor Bovbjerg) took PF&R volunteer recruits up to Sheridan Fire for some live fire training last month.

Back Row (left to right); Cody Ash, Lt Alguire, Rich Saalsaa, Josh Manalo, Viktor Bovbjerg, and former PF&R RV Zack Hittner.

Front Row (left to right); Justin Nunnemaker, Natasha Rose, Lawrenza Bishop, and Zack Bolte.

The Faces of Local 4925
01/25/2015

The Faces of Local 4925

Ryan and Jake participating in the Irons class that Brothers in Battle, LLC offered on December 5, 2014 at Philomath Fir...
01/25/2015

Ryan and Jake participating in the Irons class that Brothers in Battle, LLC offered on December 5, 2014 at Philomath Fire.

01/19/2015

Have you ever wanted to attend a class at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland? Ask our own Ray Hubbell (who just recently returned from there) how to do so.

Philomath Firefighters IAFF Local 4925's cover photo
01/17/2015

Philomath Firefighters IAFF Local 4925's cover photo

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