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Volunteer opportunities abound in firefighting, elsewhere

Want to volunteer to be a firefighter in western Washington County? Both Banks Fire District and Forest Grove Fire & Rescue have openings in their volunteer programs.

At Banks Fire (Banks, Buxton, Manning, Timber and surrounding areas), a sign placed on Main Street put the call out for people within the community to join the agency, directing would-be volunteers to contact the district to find out more.

“Whether you’re looking to make a difference, learn and develop new skills, or for an extra activity to be involved in volunteer firefighting could be for you!” the sign read.

Those interested can find more information by calling the district (503-324-6262), by emailing ([email protected]), or by visiting

In Forest Grove, which serves the Gales Creek and Glenwood areas through a longstanding agreement with the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection District, the window to become a volunteer firefighter this round closes November 5 at 11:59 p.m.

“This is a prime opportunity to give back to your community as well as gain experience in the emergency service field,” Forest Grove Fire & Rescue said in a social media post.

The Gales Creek station has long struggled to attract volunteers from the Gales Creek area, and while free housing for volunteer firefighters in Gales Creek has helped bring outside students in who live there and volunteer, there remains a significant need for Gales Creek-area community members to join the district.

Those interested can find out more online or by emailing [email protected].

Other ways to serve

Not interested or able to become a volunteer firefighter? There are several other opportunities to make a difference in the local region.


While it’s too late to sign up for the Banks Fire District’s inaugural Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes, another round is expected to begin in January. Email [email protected] with your name, address, phone number, and email address for more information.
Blood drives
Several blood drives are available in the local region this fall.
Forest Grove
Monday, November 13 & Tuesday Nov. 14: The Forest Grove United Church of Christ will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days.
Thursday, November 16: The Forest Grove LDS Stake will host a drive from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., but as of press time, this drive was full.
Wednesday, November 29: The Forest Grove Elks Lodge will host a blood drive from 12 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, November 8: The Banks High School will host a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday, December 1: The Banks Fire District will host a blood drive from 12 to 5 p.m.
Visit or call 1-800-733-2767 for eligibility information and to schedule a donation.

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Chas Hundley is the editor of the Gales Creek Journal and sister news publications the Banks Post and the Salmonberry Magazine. He grew up in Gales Creek and has a cat.

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