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.









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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 and 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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    × 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 web-site

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

As the newly appointed 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 certified technician with the OSFM Regional Hazardous Materials Team, 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 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.

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




Battalion Chief Dean MartinDean Martin, B-Shift Battalion Chief

Battalion Chief Dean Martin was hired in August of 2004 and serves as the Battalion Chief for B-Shift. He has been a member of the Oregon fire service for the past 34+ years and brings over that experience. In addition to an Associates Degree in Fire Science, he has been a Paramedic for 25 years and is currently working on a Bachelors Degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University.

His career began as a volunteer with the Rogue River Fire District in February 1979, and was there for a year. He left to go work for Goodhew Ambulance in Los Angeles for one year to gain experience. He returned to the fire service in 1981 as a volunteer for the Rogue River Fire District in Southern Oregon where he spent 24 years. During his time there he was promoted from Volunteer to Paid FF, Engineer, Lieutenant and finished as Captain/Training Officer. He worked part time for Action Ambulance, Ace Ambulance, Care Ambulance and Volunteered at Jackson County Fire District #6 as their Training Officer. He also co instructed the Paramedic Program at Umpqua Community College for 16 years. In 2003 he left Rogue River Fire and took a position at Chemeketa Community College in Salem Oregon where he was an instructor for the Fire Science Program. In 2004 he moved his family to Coos Bay and started working for Coos Bay Fire as a Battalion Chief.

He has been accepted by the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland five time and has earned many certificates and awards in his career. Some of them include: Fire Chiefs Award at Rogue River Fire for service above and beyond. This award was only given out twice in the twenty four years he spent with the District. The Oregon Department of Forestry Service Award, for the development of the medical unit equipment needed for the first seventy two hours of operation. The Rogue Interagency Training Association Service Award, for the development of the wildland class SW-195, grants obtained, EMS marathon, Firefighter I academy. His most recent accomplishment was being nominated and earning the American Legion Firefighter of the year for the Western States. When off duty, Chief Martin enjoys spending time with his wife of 16 years, Michelle, their kids, and grand kids when he is not coaching baseball or working in the garden.

Chief Martin is the Training officer for the fire department and is also the administrator of numerous components of the daily operations of the department; some of these include, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) management, SCBA's, district mapping, fire hydrnats, personal protective equipment, as well as the maintenance of Station 2 which is located in Empire.



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 will begin this program in 2014 and graduate as an Executive Fire Officer in 2017.

Dan is an Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Instructor and a Fire Officer II. 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 and building inspection programs, pre-fire plans, communication equipment, fire extinguishers, Juvenile fire setter program, local emergency planning committee (LEPC), social media program (FaceBook), and the fire department web-site.


The City of Coos Bay's Fire Department is a full-service emergency safety provider. In addition to responding to approximately 2,500 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, 15 volunteer fire fighters, and up to 8 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, 15 Volunteers and up to 8 Intern 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.

Smoke Detector Program

Coos Bay Fire & Rescue can provide you with one free smoke detector* if you meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a resident of Coos Bay
  2. Have a family income of less than $65,000
  3. Have children under the age of 12 in the home
  4. Own or be purchasing the home
  5. Or be 65 years of age or older

                                *Subject to availability

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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

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

December 26, 2014  Coos Bay Fire will be hosting at Shore Acres State Park, come get some hot cider and a cookie.

January 3, 2015  Christmas tree pickup - Can food donations requested


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

January 4, 2014  Coos Bay Firefighters picked up Christmas trees throughout the city.  More than 400 trees were picked up and disposed of helping to prevent accidental fires.  During this event, citizens were asked to provide a canned food donation for the service.  Coos Bay Fire is proud to say that they collected over 600 canned food items that were donated to the Salvation Army's food and nutrition program.

January 11, 2014  Coos Bay Firefighters removed the lights from Shore Acres Gardener's house,  Looking forward to next year..

January 17, 2014  Coos Bay Fire Chief Stan Gibson has retired.  Chief Gibson held several different positions in the fire service over his forty year career including Fire Chief of Coos Bay for the last 16 years.  Thank you for your service and congratulations on a well deserved retirement.

February 12, 2014  Coos Bay Hazardous Materials Team responded to a release of diesel from an underground storatge tank.

February 18, 2014  Mark Anderson has officially been appointed by City Manager Rodger Craddock as the new Fire Chief for Coos Bay Fire & Rescue.  We welcome his leadership and look forward to continued success and forward movement.

February 21, 2014  Members of Coos Bay Fire participated in an exercise at SWOCC. Firefighters extricated a patient and then turned over the patient care to SWOCC Paramedic students who treated and transported the patient to the hospital (SWOCC) where nursing students took over patient care. Sounds like everyone had a good time and learned a lot to further promote health and safety of our citizens.

April 2014  With the promotion of Mark Anderson to Fire Chief, there is a vacancy in the line firefighters.   A hiring process has begun and a new firefighter will be hired with a projected start date of July 1, 2014.  There will also be an internal promotional process to replace Chief Anderson's former position of Battalion Chief. This should be occurring in May with an effective date of June 3, 2014.

April 19, 2014  Coos Bay Volunteer Associations Annual Awards Banquet; congratulations to the following award winners.

Firefighter of the year: Michael Archer, this award is done by nomination of ones peers.  Michael was a student firefighter while attending SWOCC for fire science, he is currently in the Paramedic program at SWOCC and works full time at Bay Cities Ambulance.  Michael has been a volunteer firefighter since 2011.

General Alarm Award: Doug Vetter, career & Frank Kaiser, volunteer.  These individuals responded to the most calls for additional personnel for emergencies such as structure fires, motor vehicle crashes, and other hazardous conditions.

Training Award: Jeff Adkins, career & Matt Sanders, volunteer. Each of these recipients put in over 150 hours of documented training at the station, this does not include training outside the department or college level course work.

There was also a special presentation to retired Fire Chief Stan Gibson for his 40+ years of work in the fire service, 16 1/2 years of which he was the fire chief of Coos Bay. Chief Gibson served as the training officer of Perry Township (near Indianapolis) and worked for the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office before coming to Coos Bay in 1997. Chief Gibson earned a reputation as a dynamic instructor, writing curriculum and teaching at the National Fire Academy in Maryland and instructing firefighters in 36 states over the course of his career. His leadership, his courage in adversity, his commitment to training, his contributions to the fire service, and his professionalism will be missed. The fire department staff wishes him a happy retirement.

Thanks to all the volunteers and career staff that make the department such a great asset for the community.  We appreciate all your hard work.

May 12, 2014  Congratulations to Jason Guenther, the newest career member of Coos Bay Fire Department.  After a two day assessment center, Jason came out as the number one candidate and has been offered the position of firefighter/engineer.  Jason has nine years experience as a firefighter, six of which were as a career firefighter for North Bend Fire Department. Jason has a Bachelors degree in Marketing and is a Paramedic.  Jason also just completed the required 160 hours of training to become a Hazardous Materials Technician and will be joining the Region 15 HazMat Team based out of Coos Bay Fire Department. We look forward to the knowledge and experience that he will bring with him.  Jason should be starting around the middle of June.

We would also like to thank all the other well qualified candidates who tested this round.  Every single one of them would have made a fine addition to the team as well. We wish them all the best of luck in their future endeavors.

June 12, 2014  The Coos Bay Fire Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Lieutenant Dan McAvoy to the position of Battalion Chief effective June 12, 2014. Dan is a 23 year veteran of the Fire Department, and he has served as a Lieutenant since 1995. During that time, he has served as the Public Education Coordinator, Business Inspection Program Coordinator, as well as managing several other smaller program areas. He has been the Union President or Vice-President for most of his career. Dan has an Associate degree in Fire Protection from Portland Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Education from Multnomah. Dan and his wife live in the Coos Bay area with the youngest of his three children. As Battalion Chief, Dan will be responsible for the administration of several program areas including the station, vehicle, and equipment maintenance. The City of Coos Bay is pleased to have Dan serving in this new position, and the City looks forward to his success and contribution to the Fire Department.

June 17, 2014  Coos Bay Fire Department sponsored a Friends & Family CPR Class where 25 community members attended. 

July 4, 2014  Coos Bay Firefighters once again were involved in the Family Fun day at Mingus Park by hosting their annual fishing derby.  Preperation began weeks in advance, but the morning of the event, came early.  At 4am one firefighter had to travel to Elk River Hatchery to get the fish for the derby, General preperation began around 8am and by the conclusion of the race the firefighters were ready to assist children of all ages in hooking a big one!  Over 300 children participated, and for many, this was their first opportunity to catch a fish.  The fire department would like ot thank all community partners who assisted with the event.

After the derby was over, firefighters barely were able to catch their breath before going out to Eastside to begin preperation for the annual fireworks show over the bay.  The weather cooperated and the show was quite successful.  Thanks to all the firefighters who worked so hard ot make this event a great day for our citizens.

August 10, 2014  It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of retired Deputy Chief Gene Ellis, on August 10, 2014. Chief Ellis served the Coos Bay Fire Department for 40 years. Gene became a volunteer sleeper in 1957 and was hired on full time shortly afterwards, working his way up through the ranks retiring as Deputy Chief in 1995.  But 38 years wasn’t enough for Gene as he continued to work part time for the fire department until 1997.  A memorial service is being planned in his honor, the date of which will be announced at a later date.

Coos Bay Fire Department's photo.Coos Bay Fire Department's photo.








September 2, 2014   Another congratulations to Luke Taylor, this time on becoming the newest career firefighter for the City of Coos Bay Fire Department. Luke has been with the department since September 2007 starting as a student firefighter until he complet...ed his Associates degree in Fire Science in June of 2009. Luke moved out of the station but continued to stay on as a volunteer firefighter while he was working towards earning his Paramedic degree. Luke has worked for Bay Cities Ambulance since June 1, 2010 and he has been a member of the Coos Bay hazmat team for the last few years. Luke started his new position on September 2, 2014. We are sure that he is as excited as we are for him to start this new chapter in his life. Congratulations again Luke, Andrea, and baby Connor.

September 13, 2014  Coos Bay Fire Department was once again the host for Get Ready Coos Bay, a disaster preparedness event partnering with NorthWest Natural & American Red Cross.  The idea is to bring organizations together that have information and services that could be invaluable to citizens in the event of a disaster.  The event was well attended; an estimate of over 400 participants were on hand during the three hour event.  A special thanks to Salvation Army of Coos Bay for preparing and serving the lunch that was provided.

September 14, 2014  Coos Bay Firefighters donned safety vests and grabbed garbage bags to clean up Ocean Boulevard today, This is an annual event that the firefighters take on every year a week before the Prefontaine Memorial Run.  It is the hope of the Coos Bay Fire Department that every particpant who is in the race will be able to see how truly beautiful a community we live and work in.

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.