Local government

Vale, Nyssa fire agencies getting extra summer help

A state grant is adding three seasonal firefighters each to the Vale and Nyssa fire departments.

Both agencies received money through the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s 2022 wildfire season staffing grant. It gives local fire departments up to $35,000 for personnel costs.

The Vale Fire Department added three seasonal firefighters as of Friday, July 1, and they are scheduled to work through Sept. 30, with a possibility to stay on if funds allow.

 “This is going to greatly boost our response times and the number of manpower available to respond to any emergency,” said Vale Fire Chief Jess Tolman. “But it will also allow some of our volunteers and full-time staff a much needed break.”    

The new hires will help cover “all types of fires, mainly wildfires,” in addition to ambulance driver shifts . . .