No Man's Land: Fighting rural structure fires not always simple

  • Source: Ontario Argus Observer
  • Published: 02/11/2018 03:12 AM

“No man’s land” is a term is commonly used among firefighters to describe a place lacking fire protection for structures and, sometimes, that means rangeland, too. In many rural areas fitting that description, if a neighbor’s home, barn or other outbuilding is on fire — and the blaze has outgrown what could be quickly put out with a fire extinguisher, bucket or hose — it’s highly likely that structure will burn to the ground. That’s just what happened in mid-December 2017, when a fire completely destroyed Tom and Joanne Mooney’s home at 3278 Little Valley Rd., Harper. ... A mutual aid agreement allowed an ambulance from Vale to respond to the residence for medical assistance. In fact, according to Malheur County Ambulance District director Bob Dickinson, every mile of the county is covered for ambulance service — even areas that are “really desolate, in what is referred to as a Frontier Area.”


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