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Mission Statement
"To provide excellence in Prevention, Education, and Emergency Services to the area of Charleston, Oregon"

The Charleston Fire Districts protects and area of 8 Square Miles with an estimated population of 7,000 residents. We provide Fire and emergency services to the area including Structural & Wildland Interface Firefighting, Medical response, Hazardous Materials response, Special Rescue such as High Angle/ Low Angle and Vehicle Extrication.

The Charleston Fire District has a full time staff of seven including the Fire Chief, Captain, two Lieutenants and three Firefighter/EMT's.  The Captain, Lieutenants and the three Firefighters work 48 hours shifts on a 48/96 hour rotation. The District also employs 5 part time positions, an EMS Coordinator to manage the EMS program including tracking EMS equipment & ordering.  An office administrative assistant that does billing and other secretarial duties, a short term Training Program specialist to assist in training the new Training Officer, and two call-back Firefighter/EMT's to help cover shifts for regular employees time-off or emergencies.  Charleston Fire is also proud of the volunteer corps of 20 including  student-interns that reside in the outlying stations and are assigned to 48 hour shifts at the headquarters station on a 48/96 hour rotation. The student interns are enrolled at SWOCC in either the Fire Science Technology or the Paramedic Programs.

Charleston Fire District responds from three stations, station one is located at 92342 Cape Arago Hwy in the Barview area, Station two is located at 63081 Crown Point Road and Station three is located at 90414 Metcalf Lane. Station three is dedicated to the memory of Volunteer Deputy Chief Malcolm Turkington who served the Charleston Community as a Firefighter for 42 years and was the reverend at the Charleston Community Church for over 45 years.

Each of our stations has a Rescue and Engine assigned to it with Station three also housing a tender. The Engines are all identical and are 1991 Pierce Arrow Fire Engines, the Rescues include a 2001 Ford F550 walk around rescue/ type 6 brush truck, and a 1993 Chevrolet walk around rescue. These units are designed to serve the District as EMS response and special tasks, the 1993 resscue is our rescue with all the special rescue equipment.