Captain Jeff Surmon started his career in the fire service as a volunteer with the Douglas County Fire District #2 in the fall of 1998. In 1999 he received a scholarship from the Winston Dillard Fire District and assumed a cadet position there. He volunteered with them while attending classes at Umpqua Community College. In 2001 he earned his AAS and Paramedic Certification. Captain Surmon’s professional career began in 2002 with the Lebanon Fire District. In 2003 he took a Firefighter position at Winston. He was promoted to the Engineer’s position in 2007 and was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2014. Captain Surmon is also a certified NFPA Fire Investigator.
Captain Willie Caldwell started in the fire service in 1991 as an explorer with the City of Sutherlin Fire Department. In 1993, he became a Resident Volunteer Firefighter and began attending UCC. After attending college he worked as a wild-land firefighter during the summer months for DFPA and worked as an ER Technician at Mercy Hospital Emergency Department. In January of 1999 he accepted a Firefighter/Paramedic position with the City of Oakridge Fire Department. In August 1999, he accepted a firefighter/paramedic position with the Winston Dillard Fire District. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Engineer/Paramedic. He was promoted to Captain/Paramedic in February of 2015. Captain Caldwell has successfully written many grants to benefit the Winston Dillard Fire District.