In celebration of the 2020 National Fire Protection Week, the Depoe Bay Fire District held an open house on Oct. 8 at the Gleneden Beach Station in partnership with the Beach Buddies. The open house included hands-on fire extinguisher demonstrations and bestowed the distinction of honorary firefighters to Ryan Bailey and Warren Mesa.
Fire district officials said they are proud to honor these two young men who have shown a genuine interest in the wellbeing and friendship of district firefighters, along with the working aspect of firefighting. Bailey and Mesa have participated in fire district events and enjoy the camaraderie found at the fire station. They were presented with firefighter helmets, Depoe Bay Fire District T-shirts, cups and individual certificates as honorary firefighters.
Bailey and Mesa are members of the Beach Buddies, a local program whose mission is to provide opportunities for community inclusion to individuals of all abilities who are 18 years of age and older living on the central Oregon coast. This inclusion comes in the form of social events and community outings. The Beach Buddies excel at providing each individual with respect, thoughtfulness of their needs and showing kindness and dignity while recognizing the uniqueness of allowing each person to be themselves.
For more information about National Fire Protection and fire prevention, visit www.fpw.org. For more information about the Beach Buddies, visit www.beachbuddieslc.org . To see this year’s fire prevention videos produced by the Depoe Bay Fire District, visit www.depoebayfire.com.