We protect our communities from the adverse effects of fire and medical emergencies, and other hazardous situations.
Southwestern Polk County Rural FIre Protection District was formed in 1947 “to provide more adequate protection for rural residents, their homes, and crops.” Additionally, the District was formed to have the immediate effect of reducing insurance premiums on all property within the boundaries of the District. Over the years, the response type of the District has moved from fires to medical and rescue calls. Call volume has steadily increased for the District.
SW Polk Fire District provides fire & emergency medical response services to the rural Bridgeport, Dallas, Falls City, Oak Grove, Perrydale, Rickreall, and Salt Creek communities. We also provide mutual aid support to neighboring agencies. We have recently expanded our emergency medical services by adding ambulance transport capabilities, located in the Salt Creek Community Fire Station.
SW Polk is a combination district with both career and volunteer personnel. The Salt Creek Community Fire Station is currently staffed 24/7 by career personnel. Volunteers respond to calls from all three stations, when they are available.
We are located on the west side of the beautiful Willamette Valley, a mere 40 minutes from the Pacific Coast and 60 minutes from the foothills of the Cascades. We serve a landscape that includes farmland, forestland, and vineyards. Our combination district includes an area of 123 square miles with a population of approximately 6,100 people and 2650 residences.