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Do you rescue cats from trees?

In general, we do not rescue cats or other animals from trees. Typically if left alone, the animal will come down on its own. Local animal rescues are good resources for information regarding animal emergencies.


If you feel you have a true emergency, please contact the fire department for assistance and information.

What is the difference between a Fire Department and a Fire District?

Generally, a Fire Department is a municipal department governed by a city manager and or city council.  A Fire District is a Special District that collects taxes and is governed by an elected 5 or 7 person board.  A Fire Department usually competes for funds with other city departments (library, roads, parks etc.). A Fire District or Fire Authority collects taxes only for itself and does not compete with other departments or agencies.

How many Fire Agencies are in Lane County?

There are 17 Fire Agencies in Lane County, 16 of which are all volunteer or a combination of career & volunteer. About five years ago there were 21 Fire Agencies in Lane County. The number is lower because of mergers and consolidations.

What is the difference between a Fire District and a Fire Authority?

 A Fire Authority is usually a result of a consolidation between two fire districts.  Governmental agencies are allowed by state statute (190 agreement) to consolidate resources without a vote of the people.

Lane County Fire District #1 and Lane Rural Fire and Rescue consolidated in 2012. In 2016 there was a ballot measure to merge the two district which would change the tax collection rate for both districts.  Ballot measure 20-267 passed and the two districts were considered merged with a permanent tax rate of $2.03 per $1000 assessed value of property owned. 

In 2018 Santa Clara Fie District consolidated with Lane Fire Authority. The two agencies are currently working together under a contract for all services. 

How many calls does Lane Fire Authority run per year?

In the time period from 2019-2023, our call volume has increased from 6,193 to 7,295; which is a 17.8% increase over 4 years. On average, about 80% of calls are medical related.

What area in Lane County does Lane Fire Authority Service?

Lane Fire Authority covers around 282 square miles, North, West and South of the western part of Eugene.  This area encompasses but is not limited to the cities and areas of Santa Clara, Irving, Alvadore, Franklin, Alderwood, Elmira, Noti, Walton, Veneta, Crow, Lorane Hwy, Fox Hollow and Spencer Creek.  There are about 44,000 patrons within our boundary.

Our Ambulance Service Area (ASA) is much larger at 425 square miles.  We provide ambulance service to Lane Fire, Lake Creek, Junction City, the majority of Harrisburg, portions of Monroe, Santa Clara, and Eugene/Springfield when needed. This adds about 22,000 more patrons that our ASA services.

What services are Fire Agencies in the State of Oregon required to provide?

Fire Agencies in Oregon are mandated to provide fire suppression services to the property owners within their boundaries. Almost all fire agencies provide many other services to their patrons, such as; medical response, hazardous materials response, motor vehicle accidents, business inspections, plans reviews, driveway and bridge inspections, public education and prevention, public CPR/First Aid classes, hydrant testing within the city limits, assist law enforcement, and miscellaneous public assists.

What services are currently offered to the community by LFA?

Fire (wildland & structure), EMS (First response & ALS Transport), Motor Vehicle Accident Response, Hazardous Material Response, Lift Assists, Business Inspections, Plans Review for Commercial Buildings, Public Education & Prevention (CPR classes, school visits, smoke detector installation), & Driveway inspections.

How many personnel does Lane Fire Authority currently have?

This number is really a moving target.  We have a total of 37 paid staff which includes our 24/7 medic unit staff and station staff, 40-hour daytime staff, administration staff, single-role medic staff, and part-time maintenance staff.


We currently have 38 volunteers, this includes our community volunteers that respond from home to a station when they are available and our out-of-district volunteers that do a 24 hour shift every 6th day and are excused for work or school during that time.   Our out-of-district volunteers are often volunteering for the experience of doing this as a career. Because of this we have a consistent turnover of personnel. 

Why does a separate fire unit arrive before the ambulance/medic unit?

Not all fire departments have the staff to provide medical transport. We have a large geographical area to cover with two full-time ambulances and one part-time ambulance. Because of this we send medically trained crews from the closest station or from our Veneta or Irving stations to the incident address to begin providing care.  These crews can assess the patient and begin treatment prior to the ambulance arriving. This is the same practice you will find throughout Lane County.  There are 5 ambulance service areas in Lane County staffed by the following agencies: Western Lane Ambulance (Florence), Lane Fire Authority, Eugene/Springfield, South Lane County Fire & Rescue (Cottage Grove & Creswell) and Oakridge Fire Department. 

What duties do the volunteers provide compared to those of the paid staff?

Lane Fire Authority volunteers work and train hand-in-hand with our paid staff to respond on every type of emergency alarm our agency receives.  We are very proud of the level of professionalism and expertise our volunteers demonstrate. Our paid staff responders are all either EMT Intermediates or Paramedics.  About 75% of our volunteers are EMT’s or higher. We offer in-house Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Training as needed to firefighters that do not wish to pursue EMT licensure. We train our new firefighters how to do basic vitals and assist with equipment, patient packaging, and documentation on medical calls.

Do you fill swimming pools?

The short answer is no, for the following reasons:

1. We’d be competing with private businesses who deliver water.

2. The water sources we fill our tenders from (i.e. hydrants), depending on where you live in our jurisdiction, belong to the City of Veneta, the City of Junction City, or EWEB, so it’s their water to sell. Our agreements with those water providers is that we are free to use the water for firefighting. Our other source would be for us to draft it out of Fern Ridge....but I don't think you want that water in your pool!

3. Some people think that we might use swimming pools as a water source for firefighting, and could justify it that way, but consider that we would have to put a 40,000+ pound truck within 20 feet of the pool in order to pump from it….it’s pretty rare for pools to be that close to a road that can support that weight. Above ground pools really don’t work, as the weight of a 6” diameter hose full of water draped over the side of the pool would collapse the sidewall of the pool.

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