Residents of Troy and other North End area residents are invited to an organizational meeting for an informal fire department, at the Troy School library at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

An introductory meeting that showed what training and equipment would be available from the Oregon Department of Forestry was held in March, and interest was shown by the community to move forward.

At Saturday's meeting input to insure that all elements of a fire plan are put in place is needed. Those elements include points of contact, a phone tree, equipment and training needs, identification of geographic areas of concern and an inventory of fire fighting equipment already owned.

Organizers hope to have good representation from Flora, Promise, Lost Prairie, Powwatka Ridge, Troy and the Grande Ronde River basin from Powwatka Bridge to Boggan's Oasis. It is also hoped that representatives from the Bartlet, Eden and Buford benches, and also local businesses, ranchers and fire-fighting/heavy equipment owners will attend.

Fire suppression and safety training conducted by Matt Howard from the Wallowa office of the Oregon Dept. of Forestry, is already scheduledThursday, May 1, at the Troy School library from 5 to 8:30 p.m. If the community is organized, interested and enough residents complete the training, the new informal fire department will be allotted at least fire fighting protection gear and a pumper truck, and when officially called to fight a fire members will be paid.

All interested persons are asked to invite their neighbor, come and team up to protect private property and public lands.

For more information, contact Rene Challis, 828-7864.

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