Fire Chief Les Schneiter has announced his retirement from Stevens County Fire District No. 5, Addy, after being a firefighter for more than 43 years and fire chief for the last 24 years. He has responded to over 3000 calls since starting. He has been an integral part of the district for all those years and will be greatly missed. The district is holding a reception with refreshments for Les on September 28 at the Addy Youth Center from 7-8 p.m. The community is invited help celebrate his retirement and thank him for all that he has done for the community.
Les Schneiter brought the district into emergency medical responding. He organized the district EMTs and medical response vehicles to meet state standards. Les has been the main EMT for the district helping many residents for medical emergencies.
As he did his work with medical calls he always showed compassion and caring for all the patients he helped. The calls ranged from lift assists, to performing CPR on patients with heart attacks, to taking care of multiple patients from car crashes. Many times landing zones were set up for helicopters for medical calls. With Highway 395 running though the district, the car accidents range from a car hitting a steer, to multiple cars crashing at one time.
Les has seen the district grow from one station with only one bay for a fire truck, to now where the district has five stations, spread out throughout the district to help response time. All stations now have an engine, a water tender and a brush truck. As chief he helped design and build the Dry Creek and Orin Rice stations.
Under Les’s leadership the district just updated the stations from 40-year-old engines to 20-year-old engines. With his help the district has been able to provide excellent response to all types of calls within our boarders and has been able to provide mutual aid numerous times. During the Marble Valley Fires last year, Les was the incident commander for our district. He worked closely with DNR to limit the fire damage in our district.
The DNR complemented him on the job he did, and how well the district was able to work with the DNR.
-Submitted by Stevens County Fire District #5