Cannon Beach Fire gets new volunteers, iPads

Cannon Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict with new volunteer Silvia Avila.

CANNON BEACH — As several longtime firefighters move on from Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District, new people are stepping up to volunteer.

Cannon Beach Fire Chief Matt Benedict said after the Aug. 8 board meeting that it is normal for departments to lose some volunteers as time passes and gain new volunteers.

Tom Misner and Peggy Roberti recently retired after about 68 years of combined service to the Cannon Beach fire district.

“Tom and Peggy will be missed,” Benedict said. “I am hoping they will join the Fire Corps.”

The Cannon Beach Fire Corps is made up of previous or retired firefighters, including Mark Morgan, who retired in June after 17 years.

New recruits are longtime community resident Anjanette Moon and Silvia Avila, a recent Seaside High School graduate who completed her Pacifica Project with the fire district.

There are currently 20 volunteer firefighters with the Cannon Beach fire district.

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As recommended by the Special Districts Association of Oregon, Cannon Beach fire board members will soon use iPads to keep all fire district files and communications in one place and not on personal devices. The change would eliminated some paper waste.

“We’re going green,” Benedict said.

The fire board voted in favor of buying five iPads for about $500 each.

In other business, the board will soon hire a full-time employee to replace former Capt. Matt Gardner. The captain would be in charge of training, inspections and human resources.

The fire district responded to 31 EMS calls, six fire calls, three rescues and two surf rescues in July.

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