Fire district needs more volunteers

Cheryl Wittmier, left, a volunteer with the Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District, was working to clean up outside the station when Wendy Walker stopped by on Saturday, Nov. 9, to express her appreciation (and buy lunch) in thanks for the COCFRD’s response last week when her father needed aid. (Photo by Cheri Brubaker)

WALDPORT — On Saturday afternoon, Nov. 9, Cheryl Wittmier, a Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue District (COCFRD) volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT), was cleaning up around the station in Waldport. As she was working, Wendy Walker stopped by.

Walker, who lives in Washington, a six-hour drive from Waldport, stopped by to buy lunch for the first responders at the station. On Thursday, explained Walker, COCFRD responded to the post office to aid her father, Dan Lowe.

In fact, Walker said she was grateful to many in the community who responded to help her mom and dad.

Walker and her siblings live out of the area. She wanted to be sure the COCFRD knew how much their work is appreciated.

Wittmier graciously thanked Walker, and then went about her work. Wittmier works as an EMT for COCFRD in addition to her job as a registered nurse.

At the last COCFRD meeting on Oct. 17, Wittmier reported to the board that there are few volunteers, those volunteers are busy.

There was considerable discussion at the October meeting regarding recruiting new volunteers, but the general consensus was that it is a universal problem. Wittmier cited how busy people are in general and the many requirements COCFRD volunteers must meet.

The fire district is actively seeking volunteers and will assist with training. The next meeting of the COCFRD Board of Directors will be on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at Waldport City Hall.

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