In 1963 Jackson County Fire District No. 5 was incorporated as a volunteer fire department. Originally Talent Rural Fire Protection District, it served rural Talent and Phoenix operating out of one fire station. The Fire District protected approximately 35 square miles.
In 1968, the District moved to 716 South Pacific Highway in Talent, annexed Barron Rural Fire District southeast of Ashland and added another station on Neil Creek Road. The District was now 65 square miles.
By the 1970's, the District became JCFD No. 5 employing 12 firefighters and 25 volunteers. Other milestones included the annexation of the City of Talent (1998) and construction of the headquarters fire station in 2004. The annexation of the City of Phoenix (2008) added a third fire station and a fire response area over 120 square miles.