Rescue Services

La Pine RFPD Technical Rescue Programs

Since the 1970’s, La Pine RFPD has been providing technical rescue services to the community. Members put in countless hours of additional training, above that of a firefighter/EMT, to stay educated on the latest advancements in the rescue field and work hard to keep our rescue equipment operational. In addition to responding to rescue related incidents within the La Pine ambulance service area, the department is also commonly called to render assistance to adjoining agencies. 

La Pine RFPD is aggressive in seeking excellence in any program which we provide and can proudly say that we currently offer comprehensive rescue services in area of vehicle rescue, snow rescue and shore-based water rescue.  Ongoing rescue related goals include offering additional training to members so that they become proficient in a wider range of technical rescue situations including swift water rescue, ice and cold water rescue, land based rescue, collapse rescue, and low-angle rope rescue. 

Rescue Services Provided Include:

Vehicle Rescue
The fire district has opportunity to save multiple lives each year with proficient, knowledgeable and honed vehicle rescue skills.  We train like lives depend on it, because they do.  We respond to an extremely busy section of Hwy 97 as well as a number of other State and local roads. La Pine RFPD members perform extrications using state of the art hydraulic rescue tools.  Each of the department Engines are currently equipped with a large cache of hydraulic rescue tools, cribbing, stabilization struts, air tools, lift bags, and various other heavy rescue equipment.

Used Car Donations
La Pine Rural Fire Protection District routinely accepts used vehicle donations. Members use these vehicles to practice extrication procedures and rescue operations. If you are interested in donating your used vehicle (must have a clear title in your name), please contact Matt Ryan.  You will be provided a letter verifying your donation for tax purposes.

Warning: your vehicle will be completely destroyed during training.

Water Rescue
Summertime brings many visitors to the area for recreation amidst the numerous bodies of water that surround us.  The fire district provides limited first response water rescue services.  La Pine’s water rescue program focuses on shore based rescue methods.  Some of the tactics commonly used include reaching victims by throwing specially made water rescue rope bags to a victim, or using rapid deployment rescue rafts. Deschutes County Search and Rescue provides the next tier of on water, swift water, snow and wilderness rescue. 

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