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Jan-Feb 2023 Newsletter

2022 Call Volume

Hello again, as we near the end of the year I thought it would be good to share some statistics regarding call volume.  This is being written in mid-December 2022 and call volume has us over 1070 incidents again this year.  Below are the percentages by major incident types within the district.


Incident TypesPercentage
Rescue & Emergency Medical Service62.0561
Hazardous Condition (No Fire)2.4299
Service Call2.243
Good Intent Call10.6542
False Alarm & False Call10.7477
Special Incident Type0.0935


Chief Leibelt



Greetings from the Deputy Chief

Happy Holidays members of Grant County Fire District #3. I hope all is well and you are enjoying this winter season. I would like to introduce myself to those members that are newer that might not know who I am. I’m the recently hired Deputy Chief of Operations for GCFD3. I wanted to share a little about myself. I started as a volunteer in 2001 with District 3 while I was in high school. At the time, I was able to get a 2yr degree in fire science. In 2009 I was hired on full-time with GCFD3 as lieutenant of maintenance and did that job for 7 years. In Nov 2016, I took a position of Firefighter/EMT at Moses Lake Fire Department and worked there for 6 years. During that time, I enrolled with Eastern Oregon University where soon I’ll have completed a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration. Over the course of these past years, I have remained on at GCFD3 as a volunteer. My family and I have lived in the Quincy Valley all our lives and have deep roots. We are honored to call this place our home. My wife, Shannon, is active in various community positions and works with small businesses. My 3 children, Cooper (12), Deklan (8), and Joelle (5) keep us very busy. I’m grateful to be in this position and assist in providing an environment that is both rewarding for the members and beneficial to the community. I look forward to working alongside all of you in the time to come. I want to get to know each of you and encourage your growth and advancement in the emergency services fields. The changes that will come over time as I settle into the position will hopefully bring excitement to all of those involved with this department. Thank you for your patience as this transition moves forward for the district. I have an open-door policy, I truly value your thoughts, please do not hesitate to come to me with issues or ideas that you may have.


Respectfully yours,


David Durfee


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