Our Fire Board

The Wallowa Lake Rural Fire Protection District is governed by a five-member board of directors elected by and ultimately responsible to district voters. Accordion to Oregon statute, a rural fire protection district director must live or own property in the district.

The board meets monthly at the lake fire station, usually at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. For the next meeting date, contact President Bob Young, youngmybr@wildblue.net or 503-910-2414.

All meetings are public and the board welcomes citizen input. Agendas are posted on this website in advance of each meeting.

Bob Young
Current board members are:

President Bob Young, who owns a vacation home at Wallowa Lake and lives in Falls City, Ore. He is fire chief of the Falls City Volunteer Fire Department and station chief of Southwestern Polk County Rural Fire Protection District. Bob was appointed to the fire board in September 2011. He was elected in May 2013.

Vice President
James Burton
Vice President James Burton, a lake resident along the West Moraine. A contractor, James also helps manage the water and sewer system owned by westside property owners. James was elected to the fire board in May 2011 after having been appointed to a vacancy earlier in the year. He was re-elected in May 2013.

Tom Groat
Secretary Tom Groat, a Wallowa Lake cabin owner and resident of Pendleton. Tom is former president of the Wallowa Lake Homeowners Association and is retired emergency management coordinator of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He was elected to the fire board in May 2011 after having been appointed to a vacancy earlier in the year.
David Hurley

Treasurer David Hurley, owner of Eagle Cap Chalets at the head of the lake and Eagle's View Inn and Suites in Enterprise. He purchased the businesses after retiring as a certified public accountant in Enterprise. David was elected in May 2013.   

Larry Blanc

Larry Blanc of Pendleton, owner of a second home at Wallowa Lake. Larry has been a communications and marketing professional for 35 years, currently serving as director of communications at St. Anthony Hospital and Foundation. His ties with Wallowa Lake go back to the days when his parents, Bob and Merle Blanc, had a home and cabin next to Vali’s Alpine Restaurant. "Wallowa Lake has been and will always be a very special place for me," he said. "If I can donate some of my time to be a part of the community, I am very willing to help." Larry was appointed to a vacant board position in September 2014.