Glide Rural Fire Protection District

The Glide Rural Fire Protection District is an all-volunteer fire district located in central Douglas County, Oregon in the unincorporated town of Glide.  Our fire district boundary encompasses an area over 27 square miles in size; however, when needed, we can respond to calls for help over a 50 square mile area!  The district has 22 volunteers who respond to medical emergencies, structure fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials spills, and public assists.  We invite you to visit this website to learn more about Glide Fire!


Our Mission

Serving people, and protecting property and the environment

of the North Umpqua

Property Taxes

The Glide Rural Fire Protection District is a government agency supported by property taxes paid by our District's property owners. 

The District's permanent tax rate is $1.0708 per $1,000 of a property's assessed tax value.   From the $320,398 regular taxes collected in 2015/2016, we were able to meet our daily operating expenses, plus transfer $84,700 into the following special funds to pay for future large purchases or major repairs:  $61,700 into our Apparatus Fund, $13,000 into our Building Fund, and $10,000 into our Equipment Fund.

In addition, in November 2013 we began collecting taxes to repay our 25 year, $2.5 million bond.  These bond funds, along with $84,750 from brick-by-brick donations from community members, were used toward design and construction of our District's new Main Station and new Whistler's Substation.  Annual Principal and Interest payments on this bond are approximately $156,000.  For 2015/2016, $0.52 per $1,000 of a property's assessed tax value was collected to make this payment.


The command staff of officers at Glide Fire are primarily volunteers.  The administrative staff, key to keeping the fire district in operation, are paid staff responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fire District.


  • Ted Damewood - Fire Chief
  • (Position Open March 2018) - Training Officer
  • Carol Henry - EMS Battalion Chief
  • Tom Halley - Fire Battalion Chief
  • Ken Werner - EMS Captain
  • Cleat Roberts Jr -  Lieutenant (Retiring April 2, 2018)
  • Dylan Hokanson - Lieutenant
  • Beth Werner - Business Manager
  • Kellie Hopkins– Bookkeeper


All of Glide's Firefighters, EMRs, and EMTs are tireless volunteers who love their community and give back by serving the fire district.  Including the command staff, the fire district currently has 23 active volunteers.  All volunteers are trained to state and federal standards. 

Volunteers are required to attend training drills each Monday night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  Volunteers training to become Firefighters must attend one of the fire schools sponsored by Glide Fire or another agency in order to be certified as a Firefighter I.  EMRs (emergency medical responders) attend in-house training and must pass written and practical exams.  EMTs (emergency medical technicians) must attend classes put on by Umpqua Community College, and must pass the state and national exams for their certification level.  The fire district has a Medical Director, a state licensed physician in Douglas County who oversees the department’s medical training and decides what protocols are within the EMRs and EMTs scope of practice. 

The fire district is also fortunate to have an Explorer program.  The Explorers are high school students age 15-18 who are interested in the fire service as a profession.  These students train alongside the volunteer firefighters and EMTs, plus train one additional time per month.  Explorers help out on fire scenes by retrieving hand tools, ladders, hoses, nozzles and other gear needed by the volunteers.  While Explorers are not allowed to actually fight the fire (because of the age requirement that certified firefighters must be 18 year of age), they gain valuable experience that helps prepare them to become firefighters or EMT’s when they turn 18 and graduate from high school.

  • Fire Chief/Firefighter/EMT - Full-time Paid - 1
  • Training Officer/Firefighter/Paramedic - Part-time Paid - 1
  • Firefighter/EMTs - 4
  • Firefighter/EMRs - 3
  • Tender Driver/EMT - 1
  • Tender Driver/EMR - 1
  • EMTs - 8
  • EMRs - 3
  • Driver - 1

We also have 2 new volunteers receiving Firefighting training, and 6 high-school Explorers.



The volunteer Board of Directors governs the operation of the fire department.  The Fire Department is considered a “Special District” and as such, elects board members from the citizens that live within the fire districts boundaries. Elections are held through the general elections within the County, and terms are 4 years long.

The volunteer board acts in the best interest of the public that is served by the fire district, and is accountable through federal, state, and local laws.  Monthly Board Meetings are usually held at 7pm on the 1st Monday of each month, at the main fire station located at 18910 N. Umpqua Hwy. in Glide.  Click here for notice of next Board Meeting.

Our Current Board of Directors are:

Keith Cyphert - Board President

John Livingston - Board Vice-President

Christy Scheufele- Board Secretary

Don Kidd - Board Member

Stan Spencer - Board Member



The Glide Fire Association is a group of volunteers who support the fire district outside of the emergency arena.  The Association conducts fund raisers for the fire district, which helps supply special needs of the District.  Each year the Association takes charge of the annual Arts and Crafts Show/Firefighter Barbecue, which is the major fundraiser of the year.  The Association also funds a scholarship given to a graduating senior interested in the fire, medical, or law enforcement profession.  Currently fourteen members strong, the Association gives tirelessly to the Fire District and the volunteer firefighters and EMRs/EMTs.

The Current Association Officers are:

Janet Walter - President

Linda Herbert - Vice-President

Elaine Jensen - Secretary

Marty Sthen - Treasurer