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NEWS RELEASE 01/12/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to an Early Morning Apartment Fire in NE Portland

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January 12, 2012

8:10 am

At 4:23 am, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of smoke and flames coming from an apartment at 109 NE San Rafael.  Firefighters from Portland Fire Station 13 (Lloyd District) arrived at the scene in less than four minutes.  Firefighters immediately deployed hoselines and ladders to gain access to the second floor apartment and aggressively attacked the fire. 

The occupant of the apartment reported that he was in the shower at the time of the fire. When he emerged, he noticed smoke and flames coming from the heating unit in the living room of his apartment.  He immediately evacuated and called 9-1-1.  The man suffered smoke inhalation and was treated by Portland firefighter/paramedics before he was transported to Emanuel Hospital for evaluation. 

There are over 30 units in the apartment complex.  During the fire, the main electrical line coming into the complex was compromised due to fire so the utility company shut off power to the complex. 

"With temperatures dropping into the 20's, we are concerned for the well being of residents who will not have electricity or heat for an undetermined amount of time," said Battalion Chief Craig Funk.  "Portland Fire is working with the Red Cross to temporarily relocate residents until electricity is restored."

Fire Investigators determined that the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.  Damage is estimated at $30,000.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds citizens to make sure all receptacles, switches and electrical components in your home are in good working order. Also, consider consulting a licensed electrician to provide an evaluation of such components. Worn receptacles and cord ends can provide resistance to electrical current creating excessive heat which can cause a fire.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 11, 2012 


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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary

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Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary


Recipe Courtesy of Portland Lieutenant Michael Silva, Historic Belmont Firehouse 


  • 2 Pound(s) Baby Red Potatoes Scrubbed, Sliced
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Olive Oil 
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) Rosemary Crushed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon(s) Salt Optional
  • 1/2 Teaspoon(s) Pepper 


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Toss everything onto rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes (stir half way through baking) or until potatoes are tender and a little brown.

Nutrition Facts:


  • Calories 140
  • Total Fat 5 g
  • Saturated Fat N/A
  • Sodium 85 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 19 g
  • Fiber 3 g
  • Protein 3 g


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  January 12, 2012 


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Safety Saturday in January 2012

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Upcoming Event!


What:  Safety Saturday

When: Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum, 900 SE 35th Avenue

Who: All are Invited!


The Jeff Morris Fire & Life Safety Foundation and Portland Fire & Rescue have teamed up to bring you a remarkable facility known as the "Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum."

The Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum, located at the Historic Belmont Firehouse at 900 SE 35th Avenue, is not your traditional museum.  The Safety Learning Center’s mission is to share the rich history and heritage of the fire service in Portland, Oregon and promote fire and life safety education for each and every guest. 

Safety Saturday at the Historic Belmont Firehouse is happening this Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.  Drop in during open hours to see the exhibits and learn about safety for you and your family.  No appointment is necessary. For questions about tours, events, activities, or safety information, contact Scott Goetchius at (503) 823-3615 or link to the official website at



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   January 13, 2012


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NEWS RELEASE 01/13/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responding to a HazMat Incident at David Douglas High School, 12 Transported to Hospitals

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January 13, 2012

3:04 PM

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At 10:14 am, 9-1-1 call-takers received reports that a small explosion had occurred in a science classroom at David Douglas High  School located at1001 SE 135th Avenue.  The classroom where the explosion took place was reportedly filled with smoke, so students and faculty immediately evacuated the science wing which houses a total of 12 classrooms.

Specially trained Firefighter/HazMat Technicians from Portland Fire Station 7 (Mill Park) arrived first on-scene and were told that at the time of the explosion, sodium metal had been placed in a sink and come into contact with water.  Sodium is a bright, silvery metal that is soft and highly reactive. Sodium floats on water, which decomposes it to evolve hydrogen and form the hydroxide. Sodium may ignite spontaneously on contact water.  At that time, firefighters called for a Level II HazMat response bringing additional resources and expertise to the scene of this mass casualty incident.

25 students and one teacher were in the classroom at the time of the explosion.  One adult and 11 students were assessed and treated by Portland firefighter/paramedics and school nurses.  Most were complaining of upper respiratory distress.  The students were then transported to area hospitals; all with non-life threatening injuries.

Both the classroom where the explosion occurred and clothing worn by the 11 students who were transported to hospitals tested positive for high concentrations of ph.  Firefighters used the school's showers to decontaminate affected students and outfit them with Tyvek suits prior to transport.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Duane Bray, "This emergency evacuation took place quickly and efficiently thanks to David Douglas High School's advanced planning and preparation for such an event."

This incident is an important reminder to all teachers and students that science labs are places of tremendous excitement and learning, but it is important to stay safe and alert at all times.  Students should listen carefully to their teacher at all times when working with dangerous materials. Injury or accident could easily occur if directions are not carefully followed.

Specifically, students are urged to:

  • Familiarize yourself with the location of any and all safety equipment which may be available, including the fire extinguisher and the eyewash station.
  • If you have access to an emergency shower, know where this is located.
  • Know where the exits to the room are found and follow evacuation procedures quickly and quietly if needed.
  • Check your equipment for breakage. If you find a crack in a glass beaker or other container, inform your instructor and dispose of the glass in the proper location.

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January 13, 2012

10:53 am


Portland firefighters are responding to a HazMat incident at David Douglas High School in SE Portland.

A small explosion has occurred in the science wing and everyone has evacuated. There are at least three patients with reported minor injuries.

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Public Information Officer is en-route to the scene and media staging will be determined upon arrival. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.


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   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 13, 2012 


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NEWS RELEASE 01/14/12: Portland Firefighters Rescue Woman from Frigid Waters of Willamette River near Ross Island Bridge

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January 14, 2012

5:25 pm

At 12:39 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a woman jumping off the Ross Island Bridge. Multiple witnesses who were driving across the bridge at the time of the incident called 9-1-1 to report that they saw a woman who was walking westbound across the bridge suddenly turn, climb over the rail, and jump off the side.

Upon receiving the call from dispatch, firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 21 (Eastbank Hawthorne) ran down the Eastbank Esplanade dock adjacent to the station and boarded the Eldon Trinity rescue boat. Given the rescue boat's rapid response capabilities, firefighters arrived on scene within six minutes of the call. They located the woman's body in the river, lowered the boat's front platform into the water, and pulled her out of the frigid water.

Portland Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Weichal started CPR immediately and as a result of his efforts, the woman regained a pulse. Meanwhile, Firefighter Colin McGladrey piloted the rescue boat to shore and the patient was transferred to a waiting ambulance and taken to OHSU where her condition is unknown at this time.

"Thanks to eye witness reports, firefighters were able to quickly pinpoint the exact location where she entered the water. With water rescues, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Arriving on scene and resuscitating her so quickly may have saved this woman's life," said Portland Fire Lieutenant Dean Krake.

 Portland Fire & Rescue

 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 January 14, 2012

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