LA PINE — The emergency calls in the La Pine Rural Fire Protection District have increased at such an alarming rate that more than 600 times last year, crews were forced to respond to multiple emergencies that arrived at the same time.

But the district is so short staffed that in that same period, 183 emergency calls came in when no one was available to respond for at least 30 minutes.

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Joe Siess is a GA reporter for the Bulletin. Joe previously reported for the Klamath Falls Herald and News and the Malheur Enterprise. He was born and raised in the Kansas City area, and holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri.

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The rate of $0.64 per thousand seems a little low. That is especially true considering the average home price in Lapine of $380,000.


Lapine fire district covers about 117 square miles while the ambulance service area is about 700 square miles serving a population of 25,000 folks. The district is the furthest from a hospital in the state with the longest transport times also. Round trip to St. Charles ER is about 60 miles and can take 2/3 hours depending on volume at the ER.

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