Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) was honored by the Multnomah County Commissioners' Outstanding Team Achievement Award as part of the Eagle Creek Fire Emergency Response Team.
Multnomah County Commissioners honored county employees participating in the September 2017 Eagle Creek Fire response. Multiple Multnomah County divisions and staff were recognized for their work for going "above and beyond normal duties" during the crisis that wreaked havoc on the Columbia Gorge communities, displacing hundreds of residents and their animals.
MCAS Development & Communications Coordinator, Jay LeVitre, represented the many animal control officers, shelter staff, and volunteers of MCAS during a special award ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
Eagle Creek Fire Response
During the initial response to the fire, the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization Animal Multi-Agency Coordination Group (RDPO Animal MAC-G) took immediate action to coordinate the evacuation of animals. The Animal MAC-G is comprised of multiple animal welfare agencies including Multnomah County, Washington County, Clackamas County, Clark County, Oregon Humane Society, Humane Society for Southwest Washington, Sound Equine Options, and others.
Multnomah County Animal Services (MCAS) officers Michelle Luckey, Christian Holden, Benjamin Sparkman, Brian Wammack, Tiffany Pelland, Vicki Havlik, Taffy Burrell, and Rachel Deverell coordinated with Sound Equine Options (SEO) and volunteers for the evacuations, most of which took place between the evening of September 4th and the morning of September 6th. For the Eagle Creek Fire, Sound Equine Options and their substantial network of volunteers and livestock trailers proved invaluable to evacuate over 500 animals from affected areas. Other agencies in the MAC-G were ready with teams of staff and vehicles to assist in case evacuations expanded.