Fire Department

The mission of the Coos Bay Fire Department is to actively promote, deliver, and preserve a feeling of security, safety and a quality level of service to the citizens of our community.

To accomplish this, the department provides a full range of emergency service responses to such incidents as fires, hazardous material incidents, and medical emergencies as they arise. Additionally, the department provides a number of proactive programs in fire prevention, public education and disaster preparedness.

Get To Know

Mark {last_name} - Fire Chief Photo Mark Anderson
Fire Chief

Chief Anderson has been with Coos Bay Fire Department since 1989, when he started as a Firefighter/Engineer. He assumed the role of Acting Fire Chief in June 2013 and was permanently appointed to Fire Chief in February 2014.

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  • Q:

    × How do I become a volunteer firefighter?

    To become a Coos Bay Fire & Rescue Volunteer Firefighter, please fill out a Volunteer Application, include a copy of your valid license or identification card, and turn it into Central Station located at 450 Elron St. in Coos Bay.

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    × What is allowed in a burn barrel?

    Only domestic waste may be burned in a barrel. Paper, cardboard, and yard debris all must be dry before being burned.

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    × Is burning allowed within the city limits?

    Burning is allowed during daylight hours only, with a responsible adult equipped with a hose and a shovel or other approved fire extinguishing tool present at all times. Residential outdoor burning within the city limits of Coos Bay does not require a permit from the fire department.

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Welcome to the Coos Bay Fire Department

On behalf of the men and women of Coos Bay Fire & Rescue, welcome to our department.

As the Fire Chief for the City of Coos Bay, it is my responsibility to ensure that our members carry out the mission of the Coos Bay Fire Department which is to actively promote, deliver, and preserve a feeling of security, safety and a quality level of service to the citizens of our community. We have a great staff and through teamwork and determination we will succeed in doing this.

Again, welcome to our web-page. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at 541-269-1191.

Mark Anderson, Fire Chief


Coos Bay Fire & Rescue Administration

Battalion Chief Mark Anderson Mark Anderson,  Fire Chief

Mark Anderson has been an employee with the City of Coos Bay since January 1989. He began as a Firefighter/Engineer, but was promoted to the rank of Captain in December of 1991. In 1994 Mark accepted the position of Deputy Chief of Operations and Training. The fire department restructured the organization in 2002, and Chief Anderson’s title was changed to Battalion Chief.  Chief Anderson assumed the role of Acting Fire Chief in June 2013 and maintained that position until he was officially appointed as the Fire Chief of Coos Bay Fire & Rescue on February 18, 2014.

Prior to joining the Coos Bay Fire Department, Mark was a volunteer firefighter with the Marion County Fire District #1 in Salem, Oregon. He graduated with an AS degree from Chemeketa Community College’s Fire Science program in 1986. In 2002, Mark completed the Executive Fire Officer program through the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He is a Emergency Medical Technician, NFPA Fire Officer IV, and Instructor.

Mark has been married to his wife Angie since July of 1987. Together they have seven children. They are very active in their church and community.






Dan McAvoy, A-Shift Battalion ChiefDan McAvoy, A-Shift Battalion Chief

Battalion Chief Dan McAvoy started his career with the Coos Bay Fire Department in December of 1991 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1995.  While serving as a Lieutenant, Dan has held the positions of Emergency Medical Service Coordinator, Information Technology Program Coordinator, Pre-Fire Plans and Mapping Program Coordinator, Fire Prevention/Public Education Program Coordinator, and the Business Fire Inspection Program Coordinator.  In 1993 Dan was elected as President of the Coos Bay Firefighters Association IAFF Local 2935, and held the position of President or Vice-President until his time of promotion to Battalion Chief. In addition to his various leadership positions Dan has been involved in nearly every aspect of the operations at the fire department.

Chief McAvoy is the administrator of several program areas that ensure the smooth operations within the department; some of these include, the maintenance of the Fire Station 1, our main station located on Elrod Avenue, business inspection program, and the incident reporting program.  Chief McAvoy also oversees the administration of pre-fire plans and janitorial supplies, fire hydrant maintenance, and one of the biggest program areas of vehicle maintenance.

Dan lives in Coos Bay with his wife Patti and daughter Jacklyn. 






Battalion Chief Dean Martin B-Shift Battalion Chief













Battalion Chief Dan CrutchfieldDan Crutchfield, C-Shift Battalion Chief

Dan Crutchfield began his association with the City of Coos Bay in May of 1993 when he became a volunteer firefighter with the Coos Bay Fire Department. In July of 1996, Dan transitioned from volunteer to a full-time career firefighter. While working in the fire department, Dan was assigned to coordinate several projects such as building & facility maintenance, fire prevention, and the hazardous materials team.

Dan has attended Southwestern Oregon Community College, Columbia Southern University, and Waldorf College. He has earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration. Dan has attended four classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Dan was promoted to Battalion Chief in January of 2013. Dan has been accepted into the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. Dan began this program in 2014 and is set to graduate as an Executive Fire Officer in 2017.

Dan is an Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Instructor and a Fire Officer IV. Dan has been a part-time instructor at Southwestern Oregon Community College since 1998. Dan instructed the EMT Basic class from 2003 to 2013. Dan instructs hazardous materials and fire science classes as needed.

In 2007, Dan was the City of Coos Bay employee of the Year. Dan won the General Alarm Award in several different years along with the Training Award in 2010. In 2011, Dan received a Unit Citation Award for his role in the care of a shooting victim in 2009. Dan is married to his wife Tiffany, has a son, Brandon who attends George Fox University, and has a daughter, Brittany who attends North Bend High School.

Chief Crutchfield is the health and safety officer for the fire department. He is also responsible for the maintenance of fire station 3 which is located in Eastside. Chief Crutchfield is the administrator for the Office of State Fire Marshal Hazmat Team 15, oversees the fire prevention program, communication equipment, fire extinguishers, fire hose, Juvenile fire setter program, local emergency planning committee (LEPC), and the social media program (FaceBook).


The City of Coos Bay's Fire Department is a full-service emergency safety provider. In addition to responding to approximately 2,700 emergency requests for assistance annually, the department provides a number of proactive services including fire and safety inspections, emergency planning (disaster), consultative services and educational programs for the general public and business community.

The department provides services to the City of Coos Bay as well as contracted fire and medical service to Timber Park, Libby and Bunker Hill Fire Protection Districts. This encompasses an area of 17 square miles and a population of approximately 23,000.

Coos Bay has been re-classified as a Class 3 Fire Department!   The most recent number released by ISO show that out of the over 47,000 fire departments rated by ISO only 5.6% are rated a 3 or better.  In the state of Oregon we join only 58 other departments with a rating of 3 or 2, there are no 1’s in the state. The audit rated the following, Receiving and Handling Alarms, Fire Department Operations, Equipment, Training and Water Supply.  The reviews are scheduled for every ten (10) years.  The last rating was conducted in 2002, at that time Coos Bay was rated at a 4.

This change will result in a savings in insurance costs to property owners in the City, Libby and  Bunker Hill Fire Districts. Each insurance company evaluates the properties they insure in the area and apply the rating to that property. Upon renewal of your insurance policy you should ask your agent to be sure you are getting the new rating credit.

This new rating is because of the hard work that everyone at the Fire Department does. Our dispatch center also assisted in getting the lower rating as well as the Coos Bay-North Bend Water Board.

Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!


The Coos Bay Fire Department is staffed by 16 career fire fighting personnel, 18 volunteer fire fighters, and 6 student firefighters who work directly with full time staff. This program trains college students who desire a career in the fire service. The students are enrolled in the fire science program at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

Become a Volunteer

To become a Coos Bay Fire & Rescue Volunteer Firefighter please fill out a Volunteer Application and include a copy of your valid drivers license, and turn it into Coos Bay Fire Station 1 located at 450 Elrod Ave., in Coos Bay.  Applications can be picked up at Station 1 or can be found under the section "Volunteer/Student Firefighters".

Stations and Resources

Service to the community is provided from 3 strategically located fire stations. The locations and resources at these stations are as follows:


Career Personnel:  Per Shift


Station 1,  450 Elrod Ave
Office # - 269-1191
Office hours: 8am to 5pm (M-F)

Fire Chief
Battalion Chief
Firefighter/Engineer - 2
Student Firefighters:   Up to 6
2 - Class A Pumpers
1 - Medium Rescue
1 - 75 ft. Quint
1 - Region 15 Hazardous Materials Suburban & Box Trailer
1 - Region 15 Hazardous Materials Tractor/Trailer
1 - Command Vehicle
1 - Staff Vehicle
Station 2, 189 Wall St.

Lieutenant - 1
Firefighter/Engineer - 1

Student Firefighters: Up to 2

1 - Class A Pumper
1 - Staff Vehicle
Station 3, 365 D St. Not Manned

1 - Class A Pumper


NOTE: The department personnel is made up of a Fire Chief, 3 Battalion Chiefs, 3 Lieutenants, 9 Firefighter/Engineers that are career, 18 Volunteers and up to 8 Student Firefighters. Off-duty career and volunteer staff report to Station 1 at 450 Elrod Ave. when called out for general alarms. A "General Alarm" is used when additional staffing is needed, due to structure fires, mutual aid, or specialized rescue efforts. Personnel are alerted by the North Coos 911 dispatch center through a paging system.

In addition to the resources identified above the department participates in a countywide mutual aid system, which increases the total amount of resources immediately available.


The City of Coos Bay Fire Department has for a number of years contracted a portion or all of its services to 3 rural fire protection districts these are Timber Park, Libby and Bunker Hill. These districts incorporate businesses and a combined population of approximately 5,500 people within their boundaries.


In an effort to reduce the impacts of fires and accidents in the community and to better prepare the public to react to an emergency, the Coos Bay Fire Department conducts a number of proactive educational and prevention programs.


The Coos Bay Fire Department conducts business fire safety inspections to almost every business inside the city limits.  Some businesses have inspections performed every year based on the type of occupancy they are such as schools and large retail businesses.  Other businesses have inspections on a rotating schedule of three years.  To accomplish all of these inspections, the Fire department conducts approximately 350 on-site inspections each year and sends out self-inspection checklist mailers to another 150 businesses during the year.  The Department also performs approximatley 50 new business inspections each year.


The Coos Bay Fire Department provides a number of educational opportunities for both the general public and businesses for which the department provides protection.

For the general public this includes home fire escape plans, home safety inspections, cooking fire safety, family disaster preparedness, juvenile firesetter counseling, smoke detector installation and maintenance, chimney and wood burning fuel device safety and electrical hazards to name but a few. A number of programs provided for the business community include training of employees in the proper use of fire extinguishers, first aid and CPR instruction, hazardous materials awareness (Community Right to Know) training, disaster preparedness for businesses, confined space rescue requirements and company self inspection practices.

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Coos Bay Fire Department Smoke Alarm Program

The Coos Bay Fire Department and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal are offering free smoke alarms to all residents of the City of Coos Bay and the three contract districts in which the Coos Bay Fire Department provides fire protection services. This includes parts of Bunkerhill, Libby, and Timberpark. If the Coos Bay Fire Department responds to your home, you are eligible for free smoke alarms.

You must live in the City of Coos Bay or one of the three contract districts

The Coos Bay Fire Department must install your new smoke alarm

You must sign a liability waiver

If you need a smoke alarm please contact the Coos Bay Fire Department, located at 450 Elrod Ave or call 541-269-1191 to confirm your eligibility. This program will remain active while smoke alarms supplies last.

The Coos Bay Fire Department would like to remind everyone to make sure that they have at least one working smoke alarm on each floor of their residents and to know and practice how to exit your home in case of an emergency. Also, identify a meeting place so you know that all of your family is safe.

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Coos Bay Fire & Rescue is a combination Fire Department and we are accepting applications for volunteer firefighters or student firefighters

Volunteer firefighters complete a DPPST Firefighter I Academy and have scheduled drills every Wednesday night starting at 7PM.  Coos Bay Fire & Rescue offers programs for firefighters that live and work at one of the staffed fire stations while working towards a two year Fire Science Associates Degree or a three year Paramedic Degree

Volunteer Firefighter Requirements

• 18 years old by date of acceptance.
• No criminal record
• Be in good physical condition.
• Have a valid driver’s license.
• Appearance will meet department standards.

Benefits of being a Volunteer Firefighter with Coos Bay

• A sense of accomplishment while helping your community.
• Working together with other agencies to accomplish common goals.
• Provided needed training for success in firefighting and emergency medical response.
• Being an essential member of our team.
• Opportunity for outside, fire and emergency medical training.
• Family atmosphere.

What are my commitments if I become a Volunteer Firefighter?

• Maintain State required, training hours.
• Attend weekly volunteer trainings  - Wednesday’s 7:00pm – 9:00pm
• Attend department community functions.
• Respond  to General alarms and other calls as needed.
• Be responsible for the safe keeping of all department property that is assigned to you.
• Be respectful at all times, as you are a representative of the fire department.
• Obey all lawful orders of department personnel.
• Willingness to learn.

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Upcoming events of Coos Bay Fire & Rescue

2nd Tuesday of every month  Carseat Clinic at Coos Bay Fire Station 1, Times: 11am - 1pm

October 9-15, 2016 : Fire Prevention week.   Coos Bay Firefighters will be visiting local schools teaching kids about the dangers of fire and how they and their families can be safe from fire.

October 12, 2016 : Coos Bay Fire Department will host once again their fire prevention open house.  This event is open to the public from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm; it is held at Coos Bay Fire Station #1,  450 Elrod Avenue.

                              There will be food, door prizes, games and good times.

November 17, 2016 : Fire Extinguishers & Business Safety, event held at Coos Bay Fire Station 1, 450 Elrod Avenue -   7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

December 26, 2016 : Annual hosting at Shore Acres, each year on December 26th, Coos Bay Firefighters host the evening at Shore Acres.  Come join us and see the lights!


Coos Bay Fire News is where we share important events that have occurred within the fire department, check back frequently for updates

April 30, 2016  Saturday, April 30th was the Coos Bay Volunteer Firefighter’s Annual Awards Banquet, and there were several people honored for their contribution to the department. Those receiving the 2015 Outstanding Service Award for their effort above and beyond the job description included Kevin Cunningham, Jason Guenther, Ben Rolicheck, Steve Takis, and Donna White. Frank Kaiser received an award for his attendance at the most fires for an impressive 5th year in a row. The volunteer firefighter with the most documented training hours in 2015 was Gabe Ouellette, and the career firefighter with the most training time of 191 hours was Luke Taylor.


The top honor of 2015 went to Volunteer Firefighter Gabe Ouellette. Gabe is a newcomer to the Coos Bay Fire Department having joined in February of 2015. He has some previous experience at North Bend and SWOCC, but he has really been a benefit to Coos Bay this past year. Gabe has displayed enthusiasm, strong work ethic, and commitment. He is a building contractor by trade, but he really enjoys his role as a firefighter. His integrity and character also helped him earn the distinction of 2015 Firefighter of the Year

More to come.....



Residential outdoor burning within the City limits of Coos Bay does not require a permit from the fire department. Burning is allowed during daylight hours only, with a responsible adult equipped with a hose and a shovel or other approved fire extinguishing tool present at all times.

Those permits which fall under the category of land clearing (vacant lots), commercial, remodeling or demolition of a building, must apply at the local Department of Environmental Quality, 381 N. 2nd St., Coos Bay, ( phone (541) 269-1441 ) for a DEQ permit.  Once a DEQ permit is obtained, bring the permit to the Coos Bay Fire Station #1 located at 450 Elrod Avenue for documentation.

If weather conditions warrant a ban on barrel or open burning, the message will be given out through local television, radio, newspaper and City weekly updates.

For copies of the residential burning regulations, please click on the link below or contact the Fire Department at (541) 269-1191.

Printable Residential Burning Regulations


Clearance from structure and clearing of grass and brush shall not be less than 15 feet. An approved burn barrel includes a screen covering with holes no larger than 1/4 inch. Permissible burnables include wood, paper, cardboard, and yard trimmings.


Open burning shall not be conducted within 50 feet of any structure or other combustible material. Exception: Not less than 25 feet when the pile size is 3 feet or less in height. Permissible burnables include yard trimmings and scrap wood.


Calculation of fuel tonnage and fuel moisture will be necessary to assess any risk; recording weather conditions, fire protection and trailing plans must be on the site map, and pile location approximates are required.