The Woodburn Fire District (WFD) provides fire suppression, fire
prevention services and emergency medical assistance to residents
located within its 75-square-mile boundary. The boundary includes the
city of Woodburn, the city of Gervais and a large area of unincorporated
northern Marion County.
Originally, WRFPD was two separate entities. Established in 1901, the
city of Woodburn Fire Department provided fire suppression and
prevention services to residents within the city limits, while the Rural
Fire Protection District, established in 1946, provided the same
services for residents outside the city limits. In 1984, an election was
held and voters chose to annex the city department into the rural
protection district. In 1987, the city of Gervais was added to the
district, rounding out its current service area.
The modern-day district is a four-station, 12-employee operation. It is
a combination district that utilizes assistance on calls from volunteers
and student-interns. Career firefighters work 24 hours on shift, and 48
hours off, providing alarm coverage 365 days a year. Student- interns
work evening and weekend shifts, providing additional coverage at those
times. Volunteers provide much-needed coverage when multiple calls for
assistance come in, or when large incidents require increased manpower.