Fire Chief Greg Winfrey

Chief Greg Winfrey was raised in Southern Oregon.  He Graduated from Crater High School in 1976.  Greg started his fire service career in 1974 as a Volunteer Firefighter with the City of Central Point Fire Department. In 1977 he took up his first full time position when he was hired as a paid firefighter by the City.


In 1981 he was hired as a captain by Rogue River Fire District and was promoted to Fire Chief there in 1987.He held that position until 2005.


In 2005 he left Rogue River to join Fire District 3 as a Battalion Chief, a position he held until retiring in 2015.  In 2018 he came out of retirement to take up the position of Fire Chief for Jackson County Fire District 4.


Greg enjoys camping, fishing and the outdoors life of Oregon, spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Captain Erin Elder - A Shift


Captain Erin Elder grew up in Shady Cove, OR where she attended Shady Cove Elementary as well as Shady Cove Middle School. She began her fire career as a Junior Firefighter with Jackson County Fire District 4 (JCFD4) in 1986 while attending Eagle Point High School where she graduated in 1987.

Elder spent the summer of 1987 as a volunteer firefighter before attending Clackamas Community College that fall. In 1990 she graduated with her Associates of Science Degree. She then pursued her Bachelors of Science Degree from Pacific University, which she completed in 1994. Elder began EMT and paramedic training through Rogue Community College which she successfully completed in 1997.

During her paramedic training she started her career as an EMT with Mercy Flights (Jackson County) and American Medical Response (AMR, Josephine County). During her paramedic training she also worked as an Ophthalmic Technician with the Medical Eye Center. In 1997 she began working full time for AMR as a paramedic.

Elder has provided medical support through AMR’s Reach and Treat Team, a specialized team for rescue operations, in which she assisted with wildland fires and hurricane relief. Her assignments included, but were not limited to, assisting in a wildland fire at Glacier National Park as well as being deployed to assist during Hurricane Katrina.


From 1995-1999 and 2001-2007 Elder volunteered with JCFD4, first as a firefighter/EMT then as a paramedic. In 2007 she was hired full time as a captain/paramedic with JCFD4 where she is currently employed. In addition to working at JCFD4 she is also involved with the local training association, Rogue Interagency Training Association (RITA). Elder has also recently taken on the role of instructor, teaching CPR, ACLS, and PALS courses.

She has always been athletic, participating in team sports such as volleyball and basketball. She enjoys the team atmosphere that fire and EMS work provides. Elder loves that she is able to live and work in her community and serve citizens that she considers friends and family. 

Captain Rick Lowe- B Shift

Rick Lowe was born in Los Angeles, California. Rick had a goal as a 5 year old to become a Firefighter when he grew up. After moving to Southern Oregon in 1980 he attended Eagle Point High School and graduated in 1985. In 1984 Rick started his fire career and worked for Oregon Department of Forestry and started as a Volunteer Firefighter at Jackson County Fire District 4. Rick took his EMT class when he was 17 years old and became an EMT when he turned 18.

Rick was hired by Jackson County Fire District 4 in January of 1989 as a Firefighter and has worked his way up through the ranks. Rick has been a Captain for the District for the past 25 years and a Paramedic for the past 20 years. Rick has spent a total of 32 years with the District.

Together with his wife Lorri, they own Southern Oregon CPR and First Aid LLC, a company teaching CPR and First Aid classes to the public and many businesses in Southern Oregon. Rick’s wife Lorri is also a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with Jackson County Fire District 4 and has been for the past 13 years.


Rick and Lorri reside in Shady Cove and together have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Rick enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing and quad riding.

Captain Rick Mendenhall - C Shift

Rick Mendenhall began his career in 1983 with the fire service as a volunteer for Jackson County Fire District 3. In 1984 he became an EMT, continuing on to receive his paramedic in 1988. Once he received his paramedic he began working for Rogue Ambulance based out of Eagle Point as well as Community One Ambulance based out of Grants Pass. During his time as a paramedic he also spent some time working for Medford Ambulance. Rick began his paid career with the fire service in 1987, working as a captain for Jackson County Fire District 4.

In 1996 Rick began working as a reserve police officer with the City of Shady Cove while continuing to work as a captain for JCFD4. He also worked for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office as a paramedic with SWAT from 2000-2004.  In 2004 he retired from the fire service and was promoted at the police department, where he served as police chief until 2009.   

Rick began working for Asante in 2011 as a full time employee in the Emergency Department until he went to on call status in 2012. Missing the fire service, Rick decided to retest for a captains position at JCFD4 where he was hired in 2012. Rick continues to serve the citizens of Shady Cove today as a captain/paramedic.