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2015 Volunteer of the Year

Glide Rural Fire Protection District honored Dylan Hokanson as 2015 Volunteer of the Year at Glide Fire’s annual award ceremony. Volunteer of the Year is chosen by the chief officers of the district from nominations submitted by member volunteers. Dylan’s peers nominated him for this award saying, “Dylan has a great attitude while both training and on calls,” “He has a sense of humor,” and “Dylan spends extra time above and beyond the normal volunteer stuff.”  While providing excellent patient care, Dylan displays compassion toward all of his patients. The Glide community is fortunate to have such a conscientious and dedicated volunteer responding to its emergency needs.


As one of Glide Fire’s 21 volunteers, Dylan responded to 185 calls in 2015, 42% of Glide Fire’s 440 total emergency calls for the year. He works full time as a civil engineer for Umpqua National Forest’s Supervisor’s Office. Upon moving to the Glide area in 2011, Dylan joined Glide Fire and promptly updated his training to NFPA Firefighter 1 and Pumper Operator. In 2012, he attended classes through Umpqua Community College to obtain his EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) license and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2014.


Before moving to the Glide area, Dylan served in the US Marine Corps maintaining helicopters, volunteered with Upper McKenzie Rural Fire District, and graduated from Oregon State University with a civil engineering degree.


Glide Fire’s 21 volunteers responded to a record-setting 440 emergency calls in 2015. Of these, 312 were medical aid, 38 were motor vehicle accidents, 69 were fires (structure, chimney, vehicle, and wildland), and 21 were public assists or other aid. 


Glide Fire District covers a 25-square-mile area and serves 1,670 homes with approximately 4,200 residents in the Whistlers Park, North Bank, Little River, and Idleyld Park areas. Douglas County Fire District #2 adjoins Glide Fire District to the west, but there are no adjoining fire districts to the east, north, or south. 


Although Glide Fire District receives property taxes to fund overhead expenses, such as equipment purchases and repairs, protective clothing, insurance, fuel, utilities, training, and administrative staffing, the district relies solely on volunteers to respond to emergency calls. Glide Fire’s volunteers include those with careers such as pastor, mill worker, truck driver, and the self-employed, as well as many retirees.  


Participating as a member of Glide Fire is a rewarding experience.  Glide Fire provides the training to become Firefighters, Pumper Operators, EMRs (Emergency Medical Responders), EMTs, and to do Traffic Control 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.