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About Us

A lit sign on a fire truck reading "North Douglas County Fire & EMS" at night.

North Douglas County Fire & EMS proudly provides fire prevention, fire suppression, and rescue operations for visitors and residents of, Curtin, Drain, Rice Hill and Yoncalla as well as the surrounding rural areas. The district also provides emergency medical response and transport ambulance service for this area and the communities of Elkton and Kellogg and their surrounding rural areas.

The district operates from six stations located throughout the district with the main office located at 531 S. Cedar St. in Drain. The district is staffed by volunteers, trained and equipped to serve their neighbors and augmented by career staff in vital roles to provide a stable, reliable and safe environment for emergency response. Mission fulfillment starts with training.

The training division provides regular opportunities for members to advance their knowledge, skills and certification in firefighting and rescue operations as well as basic and advanced life support. Firefighters can be certified at Firefighter I or II levels, Apparatus Operator Engineer, Wildland Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Operations, Safety Officer, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector and more through state and federal programs and the National Fire Academy.

Emergency Medical Technicians certified through the State of Oregon at Basic, Intermediate, and Paramedic levels are provided many opportunities to satisfy continuing education requirements.

Mission Statement
"Making a difference in the community with dedicated local volunteers, trained & equipped to serve their neighbors"
Firefighters near a fire truck, likely in a training or preparation scenario.



Firefighters pose in front of a burning house, likely during a training exercise.

 History of the Department

In 2002, the communities of Drain, Rice Hill, and Yoncalla voted to merge Rice Hill Rural Fire District and Yoncalla Rural Fire District, with Drain Rural Fire District. The merger was completed on December 4, 2002. Months later the Drain Rural Fire District acquired the ambulance service from the City of Drain. On April 5, 2003, by recommendation of Chief Rance Pilley, the Drain Rural Fire District Board of Directors, and volunteer members, the district would officially change its name to North Douglas County Fire & EMS.


Firefighters demonstrate hose use for children watching eagerly; a truck labeled "Drain Fire Dept." is visible. Vintage photo.

Drain Rural Fire District

Established December 15, 1978


Rice Hill Rural Fire District

Established April 4, 1981


Yoncalla Rural Fire District

Established January 26, 1988