Evergreen Fire/Rescue prepared to serve the community
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It takes a village for Evergreen Fire/Rescue to provide the emergency services needed in the Evergreen area.
The 87 volunteer firefighters, 25 paid staff and the 16 recruits in training to become firefighters — plus the seven members of the Turnouts auxiliary — all make the fire department run smoothly 24/7. EFR is considered one of the largest volunteer fire departments in the state.
The Evergreen Fire Department began in 1948, and four years later — after a young girl struck by a car on Evergreen’s Main Street waited an hour for an ambulance — many of the folks who started the fire department created an ambulance service. The two merged in 1987.
Weege said while volunteerism in fire departments is dropping nationally, that’s not the case in Evergreen — something he’s proud of and grateful for.
The department covers 124 square miles and 28,000 residents, and in 2018, it responded to 2,262 calls and completed 9,054 training hours for wildland fire, fire behavior and control, medical and rescues.
While the fire department and first responders are doing their jobs, they now has an auxiliary organization to help with community outreach and other activities. For everyone, it’s all about helping others.