Electrical Problem Causes Apartment Fire

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department says an electrical issue is to blame for a fire that destroyed four apartment units on South Willamette Street. Firefighters say an electrical malfunction in the ceiling of the second story unit started the fire. Two firefighters were hurt battling the fire. They were both released from the … Continue reading »

Fires Burn Near I-5, Threaten Homes

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Firefighters are closely watching fires that flared up right next to I-5 Thursday evening. The Douglas Forest Protection Association says the fires spanned 60 acres flames got dangerously close to homes and cars driving by on I-5. Five fires up and down 1-5 from the Myrtle Creek exit to Clarks Branch … Continue reading »

Santa Clara Fire Dept. Chicken BBQ

EUGENE, Ore — Santa Clara volunteer firefighters are preparing for the 57th annual chicken barbecue. Forty volunteer firefighters provide emergency service in the Santa Clara area and this fundraiser generates one third of their budget.  The money goes directly to the volunteer association for community events and education programs. Organizers say every year they sell … Continue reading »

Firefighters Fight Muscular Dystrophy

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Local firefighters are using their fire boots Saturday, not to battle fires but to fight muscular dystrophy. This fundraising effort by firefighters is called Fill the Boot and it started Friday. All proceeds are going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and participants say they couldn’t be happier to help the cause. Firefighters … Continue reading »

Report Released on Big Windy Fatal Crash

NEAR GLENDALE, Ore. — An investigative report shows what led to the deadly crash of a fire crew member last summer in Southern Oregon. 19-year-old Jesse Trader of Albany was killed last August while fighting the Big Windy Fire In the report, investigators say he was on his first assignment driving the truck only about … Continue reading »

Firefighters Being Called on Crime Duty

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. – As budget concerns continue to stifle Josephine County law enforcement, residents are beginning to look elsewhere. Now fire departments say they’re getting calls from people who see them as the only ones who will respond to crimes. Last week the Illinois Valley Fire District responded to a call for medical aid, … Continue reading »

Firefighters Helping the Homeless

EUGENE, Ore. — Local firefighters traded in the hoses and hydrants for the hammers and nails Monday to build transitional housing at Opportunity Village. Monday they built the bungalows from the ground up, using charity money collected throughout the year to pay for supplies. The group built two bungalows in Opportunity Village. Firefighters and paramedics … Continue reading »

Walden Addresses Volunteer Fire Crisis

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Representative Greg Walden met with fire chiefs from Jackson County to discuss the classification of volunteer firefighters on Saturday. The congressman and fire officials were addressing a bill introduced to U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee back in December. Under the Affordable Care Act, anyone working thirty hours or … Continue reading »

Firefighters Train with The Jaws of Life

GOSHEN, Ore. — Firefighters go through endless hours of training.  This weekend firefighters in Goshen specifically trained with one tool they use–The Jaws of Life–to extract people from cars. They cut up nearly 150 cars this weekend during the training, even using mannequins in some for more realistic training. KEZI 9 News photographer Tisa Zito … Continue reading »

Lane County Firefighters Return Home

EUGENE, Ore. — Officials say the threat to homes has gone down and some crews who were responsible for protecting structures returned home. Right around noon on Sunday, six Lane County fire crews returned from southern Oregon. They left home last Saturday to help battle the Douglas Complex wildfires. After some debriefing at the Goshen Fire … Continue reading »

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