The Wallowa Lake Fire Production District (WLFPD) has already secured land and received architectural drawings concerning its proposed fire hall at the south end of Wallowa Lake. The secured property for a proposed 28' by 65' three-bay structure is located across Power House Road (Hwy. 351) from Russell's at the Lake along Mt. Howard Lane behind property owned by Joe Ehrler.

The drawings were prepared by Russell Design of Elgin.

Though tax money to support the newly formed district began coming in during November of 2002, the WLFPD board, with the assistance of the man who is fire chief for both the district and the city of Joseph's fire department, Herman Ortmann, is busy applying for additional grant money. Ortmann was authorized to apply for a $46,000 federal fuel reduction grant in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Forestry for work along the west side at the southern end of the lake, $28,000 for a FEMA grant for ladders, radios and other equipment and $20,000 from the Rural Fire Assistance grant for education moneys and other itemized equipment.

The Joseph volunteer fire department, which is now providing fire coverage for all of the lake area, has committed to place a fire engine in the fire hall building once it is constructed.

The board, at its Friday night, April 4 meeting, voted to pursue the acquisition of both a used $1,400 fire truck and a 350-gallon-per-minute pump through the Federal Excess Property program. It was explained by Ortmann that the equipment could be returned if it did not meet the district's needs.

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