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Estacada Fire District hires Neault and Westenfelt

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - The Estacada Rural Fire District recently hired Trent Westenfelt and Brian Neault  to expand their staff after an increased number of calls for emergency services.

The Estacada Rural Fire District is expanding its staff.

Following an increase in calls for emergency services, the district hired both Trent Westenfelt and Brian Neault as an engineer and a paramedic.

“We are excited to be adding an additional two full-time firefighter/paramedic positions to our ranks,” Division Chief Richard Anderson wrote in a press release.

Neault graduated from Central Oregon Community College with dual degrees in structural fire science and emergency medical services. He has eight years of firefighting and EMS experience. Previously, he worked for the Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue, Warm Springs Fire and Safety and a Washington County ambulance company.

Westenfelt received his emergency medical technician license at Clackamas Community College and completed additional prerequisites for a national paramedic program. In July 2014, he finished his education at Chemeketa Community College with a degree in paramedicine. He began working for the Estacada Fire District in 2012 as an intern firefighter.

“I enjoy serving this community and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that this career will bring,” Westenfelt said.

Neault and Westenfelt join the fire district’s nine full-time firefighters, four paramedics, four EMT intermediates, 24 volunteer firefighters and three full-time chief officers. The district also has one full-time and one part-time administrative position, and 17 administrative support volunteers.

Over the past two years, Estacada has experienced a 20.53 percent increase emergency calls. Of this number, more than 65 percent are medical calls.