Welcome To St. Paul Fire District
Located in St Paul, Oregon, St. Paul Fire District protects over 1,700 citizens in our 35-square-mile service area. St Paul is the proud home of the nationally-known annual 4th of July St Paul Rodeo. We are located in the northern edge of the lush, fertile, Willamette Valley; midway between Portland and Salem.
With just over 30 volunteers (plus 14 paid part-time paramedics), we respond to over 300 fire and medical calls per year. The part-time paramedics have full-time jobs in neighboring fire departments, and help staff our 24/7/365 ambulance service in their off-hours.
In 1915, the St. Paul City Council purchased a twin chemical pot fire extinguisher, appointed a Fire Chief and established the St. Paul Fire Department. That service continued for several years while the community and surrounding area grew in population. The St Paul City Council realized that additional man power and equipment were needed but funding was limited by the size of the town. In 1945 the council elected to dissolve the original Fire Department in order to establish a Fire District that would cover a 35 square mile region that included the City of St Paul.
In the 1970’s a tragic accident that took the life of one of our residents which spurred the idea of running our own ambulance service in order to provide prompt emergency medical care for the residents of the Fire District. The idea was researched and the community donated money in order to purchase our first ambulance. Our volunteers donated their time to go back to school and became the first Emergency Medical Technicians in our community.
Today the St Paul Fire District is run with 30 volunteers, a one part-time Fire Chief and 12 part-time paramedics that staff an ambulance with one additional volunteer.
The St. Paul Fire District now covers 38 square miles and including the incorporated City of St. Paul, Oregon. There are an estimated 2000 residents in the rural District and 455 residents in the City of St. Paul. During the week surrounding the 4th of July, St Paul hosts the nationally recognized St Paul Rodeo, at which time our service population swells and the Fire District provides care for over 20000 during the five day event.
The St. Paul Fire District protects the district using two fire stations with a total of 3 Fire Engines, 2 water tenders, 2 ALS equipped Ambulances, 1 Rescue and 1 command vehicle.