Art Johnston Memorial Scholarship

In 1998, a Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighter was killed in a tragic fall. In his memory, fire district employees initially established a special fund within the Foundation to assist his teenage daughter with her college education expenses. The Foundation has since built upon this effort, expanding its scope to provide scholarships each year to college students who have chosen to pursue a course of study related to emergency services professions.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, applications will not be able to be picked up or dropped off at the Admin Office. They will need to be emailed or mailed in. Please email them to

AED Fund

Automatic Defibrillators (AED) significantly increase the likelihood of survival during cardiac arrest. The Foundation supports AED use by providing funds for training local citizens and businesses. You can download the application form here. Please contact Deidre Toczyski at with any questions, or see this page for more information.

Operation Santa Claus

During this month-long holiday toy and food drive, Clackamas fire District #1 volunteers and employees lead Santa’s fire engine parade down neighborhood streets to collect non-perishable food items, which are used to fill hundreds of food baskets for needy families, and donated new toys for children. Donated funds are used to purchase perishable items for food baskets.

Helmets Are Cool

This program was established to provide an instant fix when firefighters find children riding bikes, skateboards, scooters, or rollerblades without the proper head protection. The fix is to provide and fit a bike helmet, free of charge, to the child, which ultimately solves the safety concern on the spot. To date, the fire district has provided over 1,000 helmets to at-risk children. These are also available at all fire stations for children.

Community Assistance Fund

For those who have experienced a fire or other tragedy, Foundation funds can provide a warm hotel room in the middle of the night, a change of clothes or necessary toiletries until other social service agencies can step in. Firefighters and police officers who respond to the emergency calls are empowered to use their discretion in identifying short-term emergency needs in their communities.