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  Phone: (541) 888-3268     E-mail:


Useful Links:

Current Residential Burning Regulations

Charleston Seafood Beer & Wine Festival Information August 7,8 & 9 2020

Board Minutes and Budget Documents

Firefighter Roster



DPSST Task Books

Volunteer Information

Charleston Voluteer Firefighter's Association

Southwestern Oregon
Fire Chief's &
Officers Association







"We're Here For Life!" "Brian Wildman"

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


Effective April 13, 2020 our public meetings will be online due to group limitations to meet the mandates for the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you would like the access code to the Board Meeting scheduled for May 20th, 2020 at 7PM and/ or the Budget Committee Meeting scheduled for May 18th at 7PM, please email Chief Sneddon at before noon on May 18, 2020.  For a copy of the agenda and Board packet, click on documents above and then Board Packets 2020.  For a copy of the Budget documents, click on documents above and then Budget Documents FY 2021.



 We understand there is significant concern about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Like you, we are constantly monitoring developments about its spread and reach. In the meantime, I wanted to update you about the steps we are taking at Charleston Fire District.

We are working to keep the public and our first responders safe by reinforcing best health practices. This includes more extensive and frequent cleanings of our facilities, apparatus and equipment. It also means that we will be cancelling all station community meetings, station tours, and attendance at community events by first responders until further notice.

Effective March 12, 2020 the following will occur over the next 90 days:

 • Suspend all use of fire station community rooms by members of the public and outside organizations

• Suspend all station and apparatus tours
• Suspend all non-emergency appearances by our first responders to community meetings, and school events

It is important to error on the side of caution about public gatherings as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Oregon Health Authority.

We are hopeful that we will be able to resume normal activities within our community in 90 days. In the event that the recommended precautions extend beyond that timeframe, we will be sure to keep you informed. We fully recognize that these changes are an inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Your safety, and that of our emergency personnel, is our top priority. To that end, there are some basic precautions you can take to prevent the spread of the virus to yourself or others:

• Stay home if at all possible.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Consider social distancing of at least 6-feet from other people (i.e. avoid public gatherings).
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Finally, please remember 911 is for emergencies. Contact your health care provider by phone first if you start to show flu-like symptoms. Only go to the doctor’s office, hospital or emergency room if advised to do so by a health care practitioner.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 Virus information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority. We appreciate the trust you place in us, and I want to reassure you that we are here to help you or your family if you need it.


Michael Sneddon, Fire Chief...




Fire Season is not in Effect



Debris Burning


Burn Barrells

are allowed

Burn Info Line: 541-435-7070

Coos Forest  Patrol: 541-267-3161

All debris burning, incinerator burning and burn barrels for residential and commercial are allowed. The link on the left side of this page will take you directly to Coos Forest Patrol's informational page.

For the latest regulations please check CFPA,(link to the upper left).


Residential burning: Open day light hours

  • Burn barrels (incinerators): Open
  • Open Debris burning: Open

Commercial Burning: Open day light hours only 

  • Burn barrels (incinerators): not allowed under DEQ regulations year around
  • Open Debris burning:Open

RV parks and multiple occupant dwellings: no debris burning allowed anytime


Seeking Volunteer Firefighters

Charleston Fire is seeking indivuals interested in being volunteer firefighters.  Training is provided and reimbursements and incentives are provided.  Please call or email is interested in being a volunteer firefighter or EMT today.  The application process includes an application, an officers interview, physical abilities test, background investigation and a medical evaluation.

Call us today at 541-435-7071 or email


Welcome to the Official Website for the Charleston Fire District.

On this page you'll see detailed information about the district, including our Board Members, see the Board agendas and minutes for the past years and our current operating Budget.

You can also see who our Firefighters are, find out burning regulations and many other safety items.

Thank You for looking in on us and remember "We're Here For Life!"

Chief Mick Sneddon and staff


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 four including the Fire Chief, a Deputy Fire Chief/ Training Officer and two Firefighter/EMT's.  The Deputy Chief and the two Firefighters work 48 hours shifts on a 48/96 hour rotation. The District also employs 3 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 and an IT Manager for the District.  Charleston Fire is also proud of the large volunteer corps of 30 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 and 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 and type 6 engine, a 2002 Wheeled Coach ambulance 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. 


2020 Alarm Stats: January: 69   February: 55   March: 64   April:      May:       June:   

July:       August:      September:    October:      November:      December:       

188 Alarms in 2020


2019 Alarm Stats: January: 60 February: 57 March: 55 April: 65 May: 67 June: 53  

July: 64    August: 76   September: 73  October: 79   November:  48  December: 63    

744 Alarms in 2019


2018 Alarm Stats: January: 68 February: 62 March: 64 April: 55 May: 45 June: 71

July: 66  August: 68  September: 48   October: 39   November: 68   December: 58 

 713 Alarms in 2018

2017 Alarm Stats: January: 64 February: 54 March: 69 April: 63 May: 65 June: 59

July: 62 August: 65 September: 75 October: 70 November: 61 December: 67

775 Alarms in 2017

2016 Alarm Stats: January: 59 February: 49 March: 53 April: 69 May: 63 June: 82

July: 50 August: 57 September: 55    October: 54    November: 58    December:  58 

708 Alarms in 2016

2015 Alarm Stats: January: 69 February: 61 March:52 April: 60 May: 71 June: 55

July: 60 August: 81 September: 66  October: 71  November: 53 December: 72

771 Alarms in 2015



Fire Suppression * EMS * Fire Prevention & Education * Rope Rescue

What you will find here

Our Web Site is full of information about our members, services and activities of the Fire District and surrounding community. One of the Current activities of community interest is the Board of Directors, for information on our Board activities check out our "Administration" section. Other information is our residential burning regulations, for this information choose the link above for "Burning Regulations". This is just a small portion of what is available to you from our web site. Please review at your pleasure and remember "Work Safe, Play Safe, Be Safe".

The Administration of the Charleston Fire District is governed by a 5 member Board of Directors.


C. Roy Holland (President) Serving since 1997
Edward Powers (Vice President) Serving since 2019
Heide Cummings (Secretary Treasurer) Serving since 2001
Dave Richards (Member) Serving since 2019
Kimberly Davidson (Member) Serving since 2009



Fire Chief Mick Sneddon: Chief Executive Officer

Deputy Fire Chief Daryl Kemmerle: Training Officer

Volunteer Battalion Chief Jerry Huff: EMS Coordinator

Administrative Assistant: Mistie Henderson

Firefighter/ EMT: Zach Breitkreutz

Firefighter/ EMT: Nicholas Terrell



The Line Officers and firefighters are volunteers Firefighters, for a list click on the "Firefighters" tab at left

The Fire District celebrated 62 years of service in 2019 providing a quality service to the Charleston and

Barview communities. The District provides service from three stations with 3 engines, 1 tender, 2 rescues,        1 Brush Truck, 2 command units and 2 utility vehicles.

Station 1 (Barview Station) Located at 92342 Cape Arago Hwy

Station 2 (Crown Point Station) Located at 63081 Crown Point Road

Station 3 (Charleston Station) Located at 90414 Metcalf Lane

Station 3 has been dedicated in the memory of Deputy Chief Malcolm Turkingtonfor his over 40 year selfless spiritual and safety service to the Charleston Community.


Tsunami and Disaster Preparedness are important family responsibilities, the following are some links to find additional information on this important subject. It is very important that everyone understands that during a major disaster it could be 3 or more days before emergency services may be back available due to the effects of such disasters on the families of our personnel, the effects on the equipment and/or the effects on the infrastructure such as roads, bridges, power, water etc.

Links for Members to access for reporting purposes

Emergency Reporting    eDispatch


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Copyright © 2019 Charleston Fire District
Last modified: June 12, 2019


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