Seaside Fire delivered in 2017
By R.J. Marx
Mayor Jay Barber joined Fire Chief Joey Daniels at the City Council meeting Jan. 8 in recognition of members of Seaside Fire and Rescue who battled fires in 2017 both near and far.
“I do appreciate the council support and the citizen support,” Daniels said. “Our volunteers do a great job and so do our career staff. This just adds to everything we do.”
As partners in the Clatsop County strike team, Seaside sent two firefighters to the Millie Fire near Sisters in mid-August. When dry weather and high winds fanned flames at the Chetco Bar Fire in Brookings, three Seaside firefighters joined the task force — a period when the department had Hood to Coast and Labor Day coverage to maintain.
In September, four Seaside firefighters joined crews to fight the Eagle Creek Fire near Hood River. In October, five Seaside firefighters battled the Santa Rosa, California, blaze. And before year ended, Seaside firefighters headed to Ventura County for more than two weeks in December to aid crews there.
“When a person becomes a firefighter, their greatest act of bravery has been accomplished,” Barber said. “What comes after is all in the line of work. Thank you again, chief, for all their work.”
High-angle rescue, water rescue and continuing education will be elements of focus in 2018, Chief Joey Daniels said after the meeting.
Retirements — including that of 24-year department veteran Tom Hecox — will be offset by new volunteers. “That’s going to be a big loss to us,” Daniels said. “We’re picking up new guys, but we’re losing some valuable senior firefighters.”