The city of Elgin is the most northern city in Union County (pop. 24,500). We have two State highways, a main Union Pacific railway, and a natural gas distribution line that bisects our small community. Our downtown is comprised of early 1900′s masonry buildings, many of which are in poor condition. We provide fire protection to a large lumber complex, that is one of the county’s major employers. We also protect two grain storage sites within the city limits. We help protect all of Northern Union County including many of the farms and ranches in the area. We also have mutual aid agreements with all other towns in Union County plus agreements with the Oregon State Forestry Department. All of the above pose low event frequency, but significant risks to our firefighters and the economic stability of the community should fires or other major emergencies occur.