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In 1906, fire apparatus was purchased by the City of Philomath including a hose cart, 500 feet of 2 1/2" hose, two clay pipe smooth bore nozzles and spanner wrenches for $540. The hand-drawn apparatus was the city's only means of defense at the time. The city only had four fire hydrants that were supplied by the Corvallis watershed. Townsfolk would roll the hose cart to the hydrant closest to the fire, connect to it and run towards the fire with hose. If you lived within 450 feet of a hydrant, chances were good you might have something left to move back into. For those who lived outside of the 500 foot perimeter, it was garden hoses and Bucket Brigades.
On March 19, 1930 a meeting was held under the direction of Roy Scott, a one-time pool hall owner, who saw the need for an organized fire department. He, himself, was nearly burned out of a business. That very night, 19 volunteers signed up to form Philomath's Fire Department and Roy Scott became the first Fire Chief.
Chief Scott envisioned the need for a motorized fire vehicle. The volunteer firemen canvassed Philomath for donations. They held fundraisers to collect enough money to purchase a Chevrolet truck chassis and other equipment to build Philomath's first fire truck, our very own "Old Number One!" Once completed, this fire apparatus gave homes and other structures a fighting chance for survival, both inside the city limits and in the rural area.
In the 84 years that Philomath Fire & Rescue has been in existence, there have been 10 individuals who served in the capacity of Fire Chief. They were:
- Roy Scott (1930-40; 1948-59)
- L. C. "Jack" Rees (1940-45)
- Hubert Hathaway (1945-48)
- Bob Morgan (1959-76)
- James Stinson (1976-80)
- Keith Boggs (1980-81)
- David Harlacher (1981-87)
- Dennis Schiedler (1987-93)
- Dale Staib (1994-2007)
- Tom Phelps 2007-Present)
Philomath Fire & Rescue still relies heavily on volunteers to help respond to emergency medical and fire calls in the District. Currently, there are 6 paid firefighter/EMT's, one paid EMS responder, and an Administrative Assistant. There are 36 volunteer firefighter/EMT's and 7 volunteer EMS responders with the District. Philomath Fire & Rescue accepts applications for volunteer positions and holds academies twice a year to train new volunteers.
NOTE: As the controversy over whether the City of Philomath would help pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the PFD became publicized through newspaper coverage something happened beyond the control of politics or city policies. As a community activist and longtime supporter of PFD the following letter to the Gazette-Times was published and had the desired impact on the city councils ultimate decision. The letter speaks for itself. J.R.L.
The frame of Old #1 in various stages of restoration
The finished frame painted black
The water tank being prepped for paint
The freshly painted Old #1 Fire Engine at Auto Cars paint shop
Santa riding in old #1
Below Old #1 in a parade with Jeff throwing candy to the kids.
In the photo below from left in back is Bill Windom, Tom Kichenmaster, and Ernie Boege. Sitting in front is Matt Burbank