Background

Background

Located in the shadow of the magnificent forested hills of Oregon's Coast Range, Forest Grove Fire and Rescue is a combination paid and volunteer fire department that provides fire protection, emergency medical services, rescue, and fire and life safety education to the City of Forest Grove and the surrounding rural communities that make up the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection District.  

Forest Grove Fire and Rescue was originally formed on February 4, 1894, and our full-time and volunteer firefighters have a long-standing commitment to not only being there in an emergency, but for also being active in support of our community.  Whether it's answering your questions on Facebook, keeping the fires going at the annual "Founder's Day Corn Roast", handing out glow sticks so kids can be seen on Halloween, or distributing toys and food to families in need during the holidays, our firefighters believe that they are more than emergency responders - we are neighbors working together to make Forest Grove a better place. 

In 2010 Forest Grove Fire and Rescue entered into a partnership with the City of Cornelius to provide administrative services to their community after the retirement of their longtime Fire Chief.  What initially started as a sharing of the Fire Chief, has grown to standardize equipment, protocols, training, and standards between the two closely neighboring fire departments. Though we work for two very distinct communities, because of this partnership Forest Grove and Cornelius Firefighters can now work seamlessly and more efficiently in an effort to respond to the needs of our area. 

Also in 2015, Forest Grove Fire and Rescue joined our neighbors in Cornelius, Gaston, and Banks, for a comprehensive study of our services.  The firm, Emergency Services Consulting International reviewed all of the currently independent fire departments with the purpose of identifying opportunities for cooperation and collaboration that would enhance our ability to serve western Washington County.