Douglas County Fire District No. 2
News & Events
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Douglas County Fire District No. 2 will hold a work session on Thursday, June 10, 2010. The work session will be held at the Headquarters station, 1290 NE Cedar Street, Roseburg starting at 5:00pm. The purpose of the work session is to review the Sutherlin Contract and Budget. Final action could result from the Board’s review.
Executive Session – 192.660(2)(f) for the consideration of non-public material.
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Douglas County Fire District No. 2 at (541) 673-5503
Fire Hydrant Flow Testing
This service is done to identify the amount of water a certain fire hydrant can deliver during an emergency situation. This service is done on a continuing basis so that problems can be identified and then eliminated. All hydrants are color coded in accordance with national standards so that District personnel can identify what gallons per minute a given fire hydrant can deliver.
Fire hydrant flushing and flow testing is done in close cooperation with the three water purveyors within the service area of the District which includes: The City of Roseburg Water Department, Roberts Creek Water District and Umpqua Basin Water Association.
Questions and Answers
Why is the water pressure low?
Your water pressure may be low due to the flushing of fire hydrants, which lowers the water pressure in the area that is being tested.
Why is my water discolored?
Due to the fire hydrant flushing, customers could experience a temporary discoloration of water, which is due to the unsetting of rust and/or sediment in the water main.
What should I do about the discolored water?
Run the cold water for about five minutes – this should clear up the water.
My clothes have been stained from the rust or sediment in the water, what should I do?
You should clean them with a stain remover.
Is the water safe to drink?
Yes, if the water would be unsafe for any reason to drink, a boil alert would be issued by the water purveyor(s).
If you would like further information about this topic, please feel free to contact the District’s Fire Prevention Division at 541-673-5503; Extension 337.
Two Alarm Utility Building Fire Threatens Nearby Residences
On Monday, April 5, 2010 at approximately 2:18 p.m., Fifteen (15) Douglas County Fire District No.2 Fire Fighters, with five (5) Fire Engines and three (3) Command Units; assisted by three (3) Roseburg Fire Department Fire Fighters, with one (1) Fire Engine; under the direction of Fire District No.2 Battalion Chief Barry Hutchings; responded to a reported residential structure fire at 3517 Hughes Street in Roseburg.
Responding fire units reported seen “heavy black smoke from Newton Creek Road.” First units arrived on scene in seven (7) minutes and encountered heavy smoke and fire showing from a detached utility building on the rear side of the property. Flames were showing on all sides on the approximately 30 feet long by 30 feet wide single story metal construction utility building. Fanned by gusty winds the flames caught nearby power lines on fire and also threatened a small travel trailer and nearby residence.
Firefighters using hand lines concentrated their efforts on preventing the spread of the fire to the threatened travel trailer and structure while simultaneously attacking the fire involving the utility building and had the fire under control in fifteen (15) minutes. Salvage and overhaul operations to thoroughly extinguish remaining hot spots involving the building and its contents continued until approximately 04:10 p.m. Firefighter efforts prevented any damage to the threatened travel trailer and residence.
The occupants of the building where scene and assisted fire fighters with information about the contents of the building.
No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.
Douglas County Fire District No.2 fire investigators were able to establish that the fire originated more likely than not when a tree limb broken by a gust of wind landed on the power line supplying power to the utility building and caused a short circuit that initiated the fire, which burned undiscovered by the home occupants for un unknown period of time. Fire Damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.
When both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are present in a home, the risk of dying in a fire is reduced by 82 percent, when compared to a residence without either. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
The USFA offers a few helpful tips on smoke alarms and sprinklers:
Place properly installed and maintained smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
Get smoke alarms that can sound fast. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that every residence and place where people sleep be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
Test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once every year, or as instructed. You can use a date you already know, like your birthday or when you change your clocks as a reminder.
If possible, install residential fire sprinklers in your home.
Avoid painting or covering the fire sprinkler, because that will affect the sensitivity to heat.
Organizations in partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration’s Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign include the American Fire Sprinkler Association, Burn Institute, Everyone Goes
Home, Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association, Fire Department Safety Officers Association, Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, Home Safety Council, International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services, NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation, National Association of Hispanic Firefighters, National Association of State Fire Marshals, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association, National Volunteer Fire Council, and SAFE KIDS Worldwide.
For more information on the Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign and other fire prevention information, please visit www.usfa.dhs.gov/smokealarms. Remember to Install. Inspect. Protect…Smoke Alarms Save Lives.
Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
Location: DCFD#2 Station 5. 6000 Garden Valley Road, Roseburg, OR.
Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Location: Umpqua Valley Ambulance. 1290 NE Cedar Street, Roseburg, OR.