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ORS 478 governs rural fire protection districts in the State of Oregon. Chapter 478 Section 200 prescribes the power and duties to be discharged by the district's Board of Directors. The Board of Directors serves as the civilian oversight for fire district policies, planning, and finances. The patrons of the fire district elect board members for a term of 4 years. The Board of Directors meets every second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. The meetings are public unless an executive session is declared in the agenda. The meetings are held at  8677 E Evans Creek Rd Rogue River, OR 97537 fire station. Board members receive no compensation for their service.

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Larry Tuttle - Chair

 A resident of Evans Valley since 1978. Associated with Evans Valley Fire in various capacities since 1981: first, as a citizen volunteer contractor helping build the new station; next as a Budget Committee member; then for 17 years as a firefighter serving at various times as First Responder, Engineer, Captain, Apparatus Operator, Company Officer, and Training Officer. Board of Directors since November 2001.     

Position 3 - Term Expires June 2025



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Patricia Ott - Vice Chair

For nearly twenty years, Patricia has dedicated her time to protecting the community of Wimer. Patricia was born and raised in Bellflower, California, and moved to Oregon in 1972.  She was a self-employed manicurist and painting contractor in the Portland area before retiring to the Evans Valley in 2003. Patricia has since volunteered at just about every level within our organization, from a first responder to a Budget Committee member and everything in between.

Position 2 - Term Expires June 2025


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Kathryn Henning - Secretary/Treasurer

Kathryn received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona. She has spent her career working in the Information Technology industry.

Kathryn has been a resident of Evans Valley since 2004. She is a member of the Evans Valley Fire District #6 Auxiliary and Budget Committee and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2019.

Position 4 - Term Expires June 2027



Cynthia Edwards - Director

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Cynthia was born and raised in Portland.  She was a molecular biologist with a career in biotech in the Bay area for many years. But she always wanted to get back to Oregon, so she bought a farm in Wimer in 2003; soon after, her last company was bought, and her division closed, so she took a year off, met her husband Marty… and they’ve lived here since 2006. She’s always been an avid horseman, and she and Marty enjoy haying the farm, gardening, and having many animals, including rescues. She’s always admired firemen and all the volunteers. Cynthia was elected to a Board of Directors in May of 2023.

Position 1 - Term Expires: June 2027


Heather Friend - Director

Heather moved to Wimer in 2015 from the Medford area with her husband and three children, where she had lived most of her life. Shortly after, she and her family began volunteering with the Evans Valley Fire District # 6 Auxiliary. In 2021, Heather became a budget committee member and was elected board director # 5 for the department. She carries the title of Doctor of Nursing Practice and has been in the medical field since 2000. Much of that experience includes emergency care and working with underserved populations. Currently employed as a primary and acute care medical provider in Medford, Oregon.

Position 5 - Term Expires June 2025