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Polk County Fire District No. 1 - Serving Because We Care

Phone: 503.838.1510

Burn Info Line: 503.838.2020

Email: info@polkno1.org

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Administration Overview

Polk County Fire District No.1 is a rural combination career and volunteer fire protection district covering approximately 185 square miles that is overseen by a five member Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer for the district is the Fire Chief who reports to the Board of Directors and supervises a staff comprised of four Division Chiefs and one Officer Administrator. The organization itself is made up of volunteers, shift and senior staff personnel that averages about 80-85 individual members responding from four fire stations.

District Board of Directors

Tom Snair - President  Terri Gregory - Vice-President Joe Franko - Secretary
Tom Snair
Terri Gregory
Joe Franko
   Mike Lippsmeyer - Director Joost Vanderhave - Director   
  Mike Lippsmeyer
Joost Vanderhave

Chief Executive Officer

  Ben Stange - Fire Chief  
  Ben Stange
Fire Chief

Office Staff

  Susan Shepard - Office Administrator Mary Carlson - Office Assistant  
  Susan Shepard
Office Administrator
Mary Carlson
Office Assistant

Division Chiefs

Neal Olson - Operations/Training Mike Mayfield - EMS Rick Evans - Volunteers
Neal Olson
Mike Mayfield
Rick Evans

Organizational Flow Chart

Organizational Flow Chart

Strategic Plan

In 2009, the District completed its first Strategic Plan. The Strategic Planning process accomplished more than just the development of a document. It challenged the members of Polk County Fire District No.1 to look critically at paradigms, values, philosophies, beliefs and desires. It challenged individuals to work in the best interest of the “team”. In addition, it provided membership with an opportunity to participate.

Mission, Vision and Value Statements

The mission, vision, and values are the organization’s foundation, and its members should be guided by them. These elements need to be kept current and meaningful, as they are the basis for the accomplishment of the organization’s goals, objectives, and day-to-day tasks.

Mission Statement:
The mission statement of Polk County Fire District No.1 is intended to describe, in succinct terms, the purpose for the organization’s existence. It articulates the principal reason for the organization’s presence within the public safety community.

"Serving Because We Care"

Vision Statement:
In addition to knowing who they are and understanding their beliefs, all successful organizations need to define where they expect to be in the future. After having established the organization’s mission, the next logical step is to establish a vision of what Polk County Fire District No.1 should be in the future. Vision statements provide targets of excellence that the organization will strive toward and provide a basis for their goals and objectives.

“An organization recognized as a leader, grounded in teamwork, commitment and compassion, dedicated to providing professional services to our communities.”

Values Statement:
Establishing values that will be embraced by all members of an organization is extremely important. Values identify the organization’s culture and belief system. They take into account the features and considerations that make up the organization’s personality.

  • We respect our customers and understand that serving our community is a privilege.
  • The organization strives for excellence in personnel recruitment, retention, training, and personal career development.
  • We recognize the importance of balancing the needs of the individual, family, and organization.
  • Each person in the organization is a vital member of a family that values honesty, integrity, equality, respect, open communication and one’s limitations and abilities.
  • At all times, each member will conduct themselves in such a manner that will enhance the image and reputation of Polk County Fire District No.1.

Services Provided by Polk County Fire District No.1

Fire Suppression

Wildland Interface
State Conflagration

Fire Prevention

School Fire Safety Program
Plans Review
Code Enforcement
Fire Investigation
Public Education
Smoke Detector Program
Chimney Brush Program
Technical Assistance
Juvenile Firesetter Program


Public Assistance Services

Chaplain’s Program
CPR/First Aid Training
Explorer Post
Blood Pressure Checks
Community Meetings
Tree Lighting
Christmas Baskets
Water Rescue
Burn Information


Emergency Medical Service

Basic Life Support
Advanced Life Support
Special Event Standby
Non-Emergency Aid
Fire Med
“Quick Response Team”
Patient Evaluation
Vehicle Extrication

Pre-Incident Planning/
Emergency Management

Pre-Fire Planning
Emergency Operations Center Personnel Accountability
Safety Officers
Incident Command System
Duty Officer Program Interoperability


Hazardous Materials
Awareness & Ops

Planning (CR2K)
Incident Stabilization
Product Identification
Incident Management Decontamination
Storage Site Inspections


More Resources

Polk 1 Firefighters Association
International Association of Firefighters - Local 4196
Emergency Reporting - Members Only Login
Job Announcements for the Polk County Fire District
Common Voices - www.fireadvocates.org

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