Cascade Locks Fire and EMS has a long history in the beautifully scenic Columbia River Gorge. The department was first established in 1935 with buckets and pails throughout town and six volunteers. Now, 80 years later, we have grown into one of three transporting fire agencies in Hood River County with two paid staff and seven volunteers. We protect 25 miles of Interstate 84, three small communities, Union Pacific Railroad, and many miles of trails in the National Scenic Area. The department gets about 400 calls for service every year including medical calls, fire calls, trail rescues, hazardous materials spills, and motor vehicle accidents. We work closely with other local agencies to provide service and protection to the small community of Cascade Locks and it’s surrounding areas. The agency has seven apparatus that make up its fleet; two ambulances, two structure engines, two wildland engines, and a command vehicle. The City of Cascade Locks has approximately 1000 residents and the area sees close to four million visitors each year. The Port of Cascade Locks hosts an excellent Fireworks display every year to celebrate Independence Day and the Columbia Gorge Racing Association hosts some of the top sail boat races in the world right in Cascade Locks. For some facts about the Columbia River Gorge, visit here.