The Wallowa Lake fire station houses Joseph Fire Department's Engine 3, a 1989 Emergency-One rig originally owned by the town of Ulster, N.Y.
Engine 3 can carry as many as six firefighters, has a 1,250-gallon water tank and is equipped to pump as much as 2,000 gallons of water per minute from a hydrant or other water source. It also carries a full complement of tools for use at a structure fire or rescue scene. A fire company can work solely from this engine until additional resources arrive at a fire or rescue scene.
The engine is operated by Joseph firefighters who live or work at Wallowa Lake or happen to be at the head of the lake when an engine is dispatched. It can be the first to respond to a fire or rescue call within Wallowa Lake Rural Fire Protection District and also may roll for an emergency in Joseph or elsewhere in Wallowa County.
Joseph Fire provides fire protection services to the fire district under a contract.