August 9, 2018
New First Responders Make Glide Community Safer


With the number of emergency calls increasing each year--there were 553 in Glide in 2017--each
medical responder and firefighter is a valuable member of the team working to keep our community
safe. Glide Fire welcomes four newly certified members to its first responder crew. Meet the team!

Jeana Crouch: Paramedic and Firefighter

As a mother of two, a Glide Fire volunteer, and a Bay Cities Ambulance paramedic, Jeana has a busy life. One reason she decided to get medical training was to be sure she could help her son, who has life-threatening allergies.  She took him to Glide Fire to meet the volunteers, and he asked them what would happen if they didn’t get to him in time. Jeana says, “I felt so helpless. I was the one supposed to make sure nothing happened to him and here I was asking a room full of strangers to do my job. That wasn’t good enough for me. I asked them about getting first aid and CPR training and then got talked into becoming a volunteer.” But her interest in helping others drove her to go on to become a medical professional and a firefighter.

Jeana was born in Roseburg and lived in Glide most of her childhood. After bouncing around Oregon as a young adult, she ended up back in Glide with two children, William and Katie, “who are determined to drive me insane,” she says. Her work experience includes ranching, working at Kmart and RadioShack, and running a business. In the last three years, she has completed three levels of emergency medical technician (EMT) training and an associates of paramedicine degree from Umpqua Community College. She also became a wildland Firefighter 2 and an incident medical specialist for
the Forest Service. Jeana states, “There are times when I look back over the last three years and realize that big portions of it are a blur. To be honest, I am not sure how I finished any of it and maintained my sanity. It has all been worth it, though.”


In speaking about her job, Jeana says, “I now work for Bay Cities Ambulance and most days I love it —some days it breaks my heart—but some moments are precious: spending an ambulance ride holding the hand of a woman whose dementia was so bad she thought I was her daughter, knowing it was the best treatment I could give her; walking into the house of a sick child and hearing that baby cry instead of the dreaded silence; being thanked after taking someone to the hospital at 2 am. But I don’t do the job to get something out of it, I do it because I am called to it. It is about telling someone ‘I am here to help’ in one of the worst moments of their life.”


Jeana believes that the quote “volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, they have the heart” is very true. She says, “If you have ever been interested in volunteering or felt that call to do more or be there for your community, don’t hesitate. All of us started out from the bottom and knew nothing coming into this. Skills can be taught, but heart can’t, and what we need more than anything is people with the heart for the job.”


Corin Kelly: Firefighter


Corin is an Oregon native who graduated from McMinnville High School. She went to college in Honolulu and joined the army after 9/11, saying, “It really affected me.” She became a member of a Patriot missile launcher crew and worked for the Michigan Army National Guard in range control operations on an artillery range. Corin is a single mom with two children. She enjoys lifting weights and spending time with her kids.

She moved to Glide two years ago to be closer to her parents. She explains her motivation to become a firefighter this way, “When I was pregnant with my daughter, we had a house fire. I really felt helpless and scared. The firefighters were amazing. They not only made sure we were taken care of, they checked on us periodically. I want to be able to help others when they need it. Becoming a firefighter has made me feel like I’m helping. I love being a member of a team and I love being challenged.” Corin plans to become an EMT for Glide Fire in the near future.

 

David Alan Reda: Firefighter


Dave says he became a firefighter because he wants to help the community. He’s originally from Anaheim, California, where he graduated from Katella High School. Dave has worked as a bakery janitor and at Kwikset Locks, and he majored in computer science at Fullerton Community College. Dave worked for 16 years in a print shop and drove commercially for 8 years. His commercial driver’s license gives him the perfect background to drive the ambulances, tenders, fire trucks, and brush rigs used by Glide Fire. He is semiretired and moved to Glide in 2017.

As a Glide newcomer, Dave was interested in becoming involved in the community. So he went to bingo night at the community center, where he met Carol Henry, the EMS battalion chief. When he mentioned that he was looking for an opportunity to volunteer, he says, “Her eyes lit up, and she asked me if I would like to volunteer at Glide Fire and become a tender driver. I asked her what a tender was and when she told me, I said yes.” He’s learning a lot and states, “I particularly like the Monday night drills, where we learn techniques in firefighting, rescue, and medical aid, and I enjoy
the camaraderie of everyone in the fire department; it truly feels like a family. I find that no two emergency calls are the same, and I experience firsthand the satisfaction and reward of helping others.” Dave recently finished firefighter academy and plans to become an EMT.


Nicholas Page: Firefighter and EMT


As a Roseburg native now living in Glide, Nick values his community and has a keen desire to help others. As a child, he was inspired to become a first responder by taking an ambulance ride with his mother, then the EMS battalion chief for Fire District 2. He says, “After the ride-along (I still remember every second of it) my heart was set. The adrenaline rush given by the lights and sirens, helping people, the fun of training, the unique experiences— they never stop. Every day is different and challenging, and it makes all the hard work worth it.”


Nick is a high school graduate and has taken emergency medicine and fire science classes at Umpqua Community College. Once when he was walking to class, a man stopped him, recognizing his face. He had been a patient of Nick’s in a car wreck. He thanked him and shook his hand, an unforgettable experience for the new EMT. Nick worked at Hoover Treated Wood Products for a while before becoming a wildland firefighter for the Douglas Forest Protective Association. Nick states, “Never stop learning or thinking you can’t learn more, you always can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Take
every opportunity available, especially volunteering! Fires don’t wait, neither should you.”

Being a member of Glide Fire is very rewarding. Glide Fire trains volunteers to become firefighters, pumper operators, and emergency medical responders and technicians and to control traffic at emergency scenes. More volunteers are needed to respond to the ever-increasing number of calls for help. Anyone living in Glide Fire’s service area who is interested in learning more about volunteering may contact Fire Chief Ted Damewood at 541-496-0224.

New Ambulance #2270 5-2018New Ambulance #2270 5-2018

May 17, 2018

New life in a new ambulance. Recently, a child was born in Glide Fire’s new addition to its fleet of rescue vehicles. This is just one happy example of the service Glide Fire provides to area residents. The purchase of this new ambulance will enable Glide firefighters and medical personnel to respond to area emergencies speedily and safely.

Due to the age and condition of the old ambulance, sometimes the crew was delayed in reaching an emergency scene or had trouble getting back to the station because the ambulance wouldn’t start or was unsafe to drive. “It was touch and go a couple of times,” said Fire Chief Ted Damewood. “And the bottom line was, eventually, having a mechanical problem with an ambulance could have cost a life or caused extreme property damage in the case of a bad fire. With this new ambulance, we no longer have those worries and will be better able to serve our community.”

In addition to its powerful 6.7-liter powerstroke diesel engine, the new 4-wheel-drive rig, designated as number 2270, sports bright LED lights inside and out, lots of room inside for crew and equipment, and bright reflective striping on the exterior for better night visibility on roadways.

The funds for 2270, which cost $152,570, were approved by the Glide Fire Board of Directors and came from Glide Fire’s Apparatus fund. Carol Henry, EMS Battalion Chief, stated, “I’d like to thank the board for voting to purchase a new ambulance so that we can safely respond to emergencies in our community. It will serve our needs for many years, and it even came in my favorite color: red.”

Glide Fire’s 25 volunteers responded to a record-setting 553 emergency calls in 2017. This included 456 medical aid calls, 43 motor vehicle accidents, 48 fires (structure, chimney, vehicle, and wildland), and 6 for other aid.

The Glide Fire District covers a 25-square-mile area and serves 1,680 homes and businesses with approximately 4,200 residents in the Whistlers Park, North Bank, Little River, and Idleyld Park areas.

Being a member of Glide Fire is very rewarding. Glide Fire trains volunteers to become Firefighters, Pumper Operators, Emergency Medical Responders, and Emergency Medical Technicians and to control traffic at emergency scenes. More volunteers are needed to respond to the ever-increasing number of calls for emergency help. Anyone living in Glide Fire’s service area who is interested in learning more about volunteering with Glide Fire may contact Fire Chief Ted Damewood at 541-496-0224.