Event held each year to honor volunteer firefighters and EMTs

Estacada Rural Fire District # 69 held its annual awards and appreciation banquet aboard the Portland Spirit on Saturday evening, March 10.

This event is held each year to honor volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians with ERFD.

While Estacada firefighters are treated to a night off, firefighters from the neighboring districts of Boring Fire, Clackamas County FD #1, Sandy Fire and Hoodland Fire all spend their evening answering the alarms for Estacada. This one night a year, Estacada Firefighters are not 'on call.'

Top honors are given in three categories. Firefighter of the Year was Engineer Vincent Olivetti, EMT of the Year was Travis Benthin and Officer of the Year was Lt. Ken Oliver.

Olivetti responded to 242 alarms and attended all drills for the year. Benthin responded to 306 alarms and attended all drills. Oliver responded to 286 alarms, attended almost all the drills and attended all the volunteer firefighters business meetings.

Lt. Gordon Moore was awarded a service pin for 25 years of continuous service and also had perfect drill attendance in 2006.

Estacada Fire answered 1,506 alarms last year, a record number for its combination career/volunteer department.

If you would like to serve your community and become a firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician, Estacada Fire is currently recruiting volunteer firefighters.

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