North Portland Wildfire Provides Strong Reminder of Lingering Fire Danger
At 7:15pm PF&R crews were alerted to a wildfire increasing in size in the are of N Edgewater and N Willamette St. When Station 22 (St. John’s) arrived they found a 300’ x 50’ area creeping toward the N. Willamette bluff. Access was difficult for the first arriving fire engines and ladder trucks but smaller more mobile brush fire units arrived shortly after allowing crews to access and extinguish the fire before it could spread to nearby homes and structures. Fortunately, crews were spared a faster moving fire due to little to no wind at the time of the blaze. “Add a little wind to this fire and this could have been a much more dangerous situation” remarked Battallion Chief Steve Bregman. Chief Bregman, who has been deployed to several large wildland fires as part of a State of Oregon response team, also commented on the fire threat still posed by our lingering dry vegetation which is fuel for fires like these.
Fire Investigators were called to the scene to determine a cause but had no strong leads as to how this fire started. No structures were involved and no injuries were reported.
The weather forecast is for very warm and dry conditions for the remainder of the week. PF&R officials have issued a warning to residents to be extremely careful with any type of burning or outdoor heat sources. This includes BBQ’s, fire pits, burn piles and discarding of cigarettes. Our vegetation is still very dry and very vulnerable to fire!
Posted on Tue, 25 Sep 2018 04:04:38 GMT
Retired Portland Firefighter and CFF to Host 10th Annual Stairclimb-Firefighters from Around the Globe to Participate
Subject: Local Firefighter Raises Awareness
September 23rd, 2018
Contact: Wes Loucks/503-539-8848
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10th Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge
Presented by MSA/ The Safety Company
Sponsored by Portland Firefighters Association/Local 43
Climb for the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis
Firefighters from Portland and the entire state will join with firefighters from across the country as well as firefighters from New Zealand, Chile, Mexico and Canada to compete in the 10th annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge. As many as 450 firefighters will race up the 40 floors of the U.S. Bancorp Tower, in downtown Portland in full firefighting gear. Each firefighter is climbing to raise awareness for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. The climbers with the best time wins the challenge and awards will also be given to the firefighters that raise the most in donations.
Retired Portland Firefighter Wes Loucks received many emergency calls for help during his 32 years of service for the Fire Bureau and the people of Portland. After retiring Wes received a personal call for help from his own family. His two grandsons were born with Cystic Fibrosis, a chronic genetic disease impacting a child's lung and digestive system and shortening their lives. Wes is now calling on his friends, firefighters and community to help raise money for research that will lead to a cure.Video and pictures plus last years event can be found at www.portlandstairclimb.com
To help raise awareness and donations for the Oregon Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis. Last year the event raised more than $160,000 and to date has raised over one million dollars. Sponsors include Portland Firefighters Association, MSA, Leatherman, Servpro, Firehouse Subs and many others.
Sunday, September 23rd, at 9 AM, Media will be escorted inside the building to get pictures/video of the race, interview climbers and see family and friends cheering on their favorite climbers. Please contact Wes Loucks for an escort into the race area.
U.S. Bancorp Tower
511 SW Oak St.
On Friday, September 21st at 6 PM Kells Irish Pub will host a kickoff party for the firefighters, public is invited.
Founder & Chairman
Climb for the Cure
Posted on Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:18:31 GMT
2nd Alarm Fire at Eric's Auto Tech in SE Portland (Photo)
At 12:46am PF&R crews were dispatched to a commercial fire at 8633 SE Stark. The first engines and trucks to arrive at the location found a 40’x80’ metal clad auto repair shop fully engulfed in flames. Incident Commanders immediately called for a 2nd alarm to provide much needed additional fire engines and ladder trucks to deal with the large building and fire load. Fire crews had to maintain a defensive fire attack method as there was no way to make entry into the building. There is an attached residence to this business but fortunately the one adult male occupant made it out safely. Fire Investigators are at the scene and have determined the building to be a near total loss. The one adult male resident will be displaced from his home for now. No cause has been determined. One pet cat is yet to be found but believed to be ok. No injuries resulted from the incident.
Posted on Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:48:03 GMT
*Updated w/ video link: Portland Fire & Rescue and Port of Portland Fire Marine Units Needed for Two Columbia River Boat Fires
Just after 7:00pm both Portland Fire & Rescue and Port of Portland marine and land units were dispatched to the Columbia River just south of Hayden Island for what was reported as “multiple boat fires”. When crews arrived they found two boats, one described as a 30’ fiberglass sailboat fully involved in fire. One was offshore anchored to a pilling or “dolphin”, the other was beached. Land based fire crews had difficult access issues but marine units were able to extinguish both fires. No occupants were on the boats when crews arrived and no injuries were found at the scene. PF&R Fire Investigators were called to the scene but a cause was not determined due to lack of information and evidence as to how the fire started. Both boats appeared to have been used as temporary residence but were considered a complete loss according to fire investigators. Attached is a video link showing PF&R Fire Boat 17 extinguishing the remains of one of the affected vessels.
Posted on Tue, 11 Sep 2018 05:34:41 GMT
Early Morning Apartment Fire Had Residents Scrambling for Safety (Photo)
At 6:55am this morning residents of the Ellington Apartments woke to the sound of smoke alarms and sirens. A fire had broke out in the kitchen of one unit causing residents of the apartment complex to scramble to safety. Conflicting reports were being sent to Engine 19 and other responding fire engines and trucks en route to the scene. Several reports of residents who were trapped or at least unable to get out of their apartments without assistance. The firefighters of Engine 19 arrived within minutes and quickly put out the islolated kitchen fire that fortunately had not extended outside of the affected apartment unit. Several residents were evaluated for smoke inhalation but no serious injuries were found. There were no patients transported from the scene. It was determined that this fire started from a cooking accident. Cooking related fires are the number one cause of household fires in the U.S.
While the outcome of this fire was relatively fortunate for all the residents involved, this incident is an important reminder of knowing your escape routes. Especially for those of us who live in multi-story residences:
*Always know and practice your escape route with your family and/or other shared residents.
*Practice your plan twice a year and have a meeting place outside.
*Make sure eveyrone knows the address, the individual unit number and how to call 911.
Help us reach the goal Fire Chief Mike Myers has made for the city of Portland to reduce the preventable damage and injury these types of fires cause and have "zero fire deaths" in the city of Portland!
Posted on Tue, 11 Sep 2018 05:08:14 GMT
Portland Firefighters Association honors 17th anniversary of 9/11 with public ceremony
(Portland, Oregon) This year marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center site, Shanksville, Pa. and at the Pentagon.
Portland Firefighters Association, Portland Fire & Rescue, surrounding communities and family members will come together for a public ceremony Tuesday September 11, 11 a.m., at the Eastbank Esplanade, SE 5 Madison Street near Fire Station 21, honoring fallen heroes of 9/11.
“Our members believe it’s our duty and honor every yearto pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives seventeen years ago trying to save others, “ says Alan Ferschweiler, president of the Portland Firefighters Association.
Three hundred forty-three New York firefighters died that dreadful day in 2001. “We will plan to honor those who died and thank all fire fighters and first responders who serve every day in our own communities,” said Ferschweiler.
Portland Firefighters Association along with Portland Fire & Rescue supports efforts to build to the David Campbell Memorial. The new memorial is named after Fire Chief David Campbell. Chief Campbell lost his life in the Standard Oil Building fire on June 26, 1911 while ensuring his firefighters were safe. Campbell was such an iconic figure his funeral procession was witnessed by over 150,000 citizens.
To date, thirty-six Portland firefighters have died in the line of duty. Thirty-seven more have died of service-connected diseases, like the cancers that firefighters develop at a greatly elevated rate. The David Campbell Memorial will be built on the Eastbank Esplanade, adjacent to Fire Station 21 and the Hawthorne Bridge. The new memorial will honor fallen Portland firefighters. Past and present Portland firefighters have donated over $100,000 and the foundation is now seeking public support to move forward with construction.
For more information on THE DAVID CAMPBELL MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION and images of the new site, please go to: http://davidcampbellmemorial.org
Posted on Sun, 09 Sep 2018 15:56:11 GMT
Portland Fire & Rescue, Red Cross Teaming Up Again For Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive
Portland Fire & Rescue and the American Red Cross are joining together for the fifth consecutive year for a Sept. 11 Memorial Blood Drive to honor those lost during the 2001 terrorist attacks. The annual Portland Fire & Rescue Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at Station 1, 55 SW Ash St. Those who come to donate can enjoy an on-site cookout. Also, courtesy of Sport Clips through a partnership with Red Cross, blood drive attendees will receive a coupon for a free haircut via email.
The blood drive is open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to roll up a sleeve to join Portland firefighters in donating blood in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on September 11th.
Portland Fire & Rescue kicked off the blood drive because the bureau wanted to offer an avenue of action for those marking this solemn day that has deep significance for first responders.
"Community health and wellness is one of the major components of today’s modern fire service, so it makes great sense to mark this day by joining together to contribute to our important blood reserves," says Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Myers.
Fire Commissioner Dan Saltzman encourages those who are able to sign up to donate blood.
"September 11th showed us that we must always be ready and resilient. Our first responders train to face worst case scenarios such as we saw on that tragic day in 2001 and their bravery cannot be overstated," Saltzman says. "We as a community can also train for worst case scenarios; making sure we have plenty of lifesaving blood on hand is one way that we can prepare. Please sign up to give blood on September 11th at Station 1."
“It will be heroes among heroes at this blood drive as the community is invited to roll up a sleeve and help save lives alongside our local Portland Fire and Rescue firefighters," said Amie Rawson, director of Donor Recruitment for the Red Cross Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region. "Be a hero and donate blood to help patients in need.”
Donors of all blood types - especially O negative, A negative and B negative - are needed. The Red Cross encourages donors to schedule their appointments in advance, but walk-ins also are welcome.
What: September 11 Memorial Blood Drive
When: Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Where: Portland Fire & Rescue Station 1, 55 SW Ash Street
Sign up: www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code PortlandFire or call 1-800-REDCROSS
Posted on Thu, 06 Sep 2018 19:30:16 GMT
PF&R and Gresham Firefighters Respond to Multiple Fires
Portland and Gresham Firefighters were were kept very busy this afternoon as they were called to fight several area fires. The following fires are examples of the most serious:
At 12:41 PM PF&R and GFD responded to a house fire in the 700 block of SE 170th Dr. Arriving crews found heavy fire throughout the home but were able to extinguish it within 30 minutes. Crews searched for trapped occupants and located two unconscious dogs. No humans were injured in this fire, but despite the efforts of fire crews the dogs couldn't be revived.
At 2:47 PM crews responded to a grass fire threatening a structure in the 7600 block of SE Carlton, the fire damaged the structure's exterior before firefighters arrived to extinguish it. No injuries were associated with this fire.
At 5:02 PM firefighters responded to a fast moving grass fire in the 2700 block of 148th. This fire was heading towards several homes and an apartment building. Fire commanders called for a second alarm bringing additional resources to bear and firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire. With fast actions crews were able to keep it from damaging the nearby structures. No injuries were associated with this fire.
At 6:56 PM fire personnel were called to the 13000 block of SE Powell for a grease fire in an apartment's kitchen. The fire was extinguished with no injuries and damage was limited to the kitchen area.
These fires had varying causes and did differing levels of damage, but today is a reminder that while our kids might be back in school the summer fire season isn't over. Your local firefighters ask that you continue to use care with anything that could cause a fire.
Posted on Mon, 03 Sep 2018 03:06:36 GMT