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Ringing in the New Year Safely

Please celebrate safely this New Years Eve by following these guidelines provided by Portland Fire & Rescue.

Celebrating at Home

  • Test your smoke alarms and ensure that you have one on every floor and in every sleeping area.
  • Ensure that fire extinguishers are in good working order and familiarize yourself with their use by reading instructions.
  • Anything that produces an open flame should be operated and monitored by a sober adult.
  • Keep heat sources well away from combustibles, children and pets.
  • Ensure that your guests are aware of your home fire escape plan.


Going Out

  • Don’t drink and drive.  Create a transportation plan using a designated driver, public/private transportation or walk.
  • Dress for the weather.  Temperatures tonight are expected to be below freezing and lines may be long to get into the venue of your choice.
  • When you arrive at the venue check to ensure that all exit ways are clear of obstruction and open to the exterior.
  • Identify a safe place (outside of the venue) to meet in case of emergency.
  • Locate the nearest exit to you and be prepared to use it.  In an emergency, people often return to the place where they entered.  The main entrance/exit can quickly become over-crowded.
  • In the event of alarm or any indication of an emergency exit the building immediately, proceed to your safe place.



It was a busy morning for fire crews in North and Northeast Portland.

This Morning at 3:28 am firefighters were called to 9026 NE 13th Ave. for a hazardous materials spill. Reports indicate that a forklift punctured a container holding 240 gallons of weed killer. Firefighters arrived, assessed the situation and worked to ensure that the leak was contained until a hazardous materials cleanup company arrived and took over. No one was injured and the leak was contained to the immediate area.


While the leak was still being mitigated fire crews were called to a house on fire at 8330 N. Chautauqua Blvd. When they arrived, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from a vacant, single story house. Firefighters entered and began searching for the fire, but they quickly encountered conditions consistent with "Hoarding". Firefighters had to fight through significant clutter while trying to locate the fire. The fire was found in the basement, on the first floor and in the attic.

Fire commanders made the call to switch from offensive (interior) to defensive (exterior) operations, siting the increased danger posed by the hoarding and the fact that the house was vacant. A majority of the fire has been extinguished at this point but firefighters will be on scene for most of the day assisting with the investigation.

No injuries were associated with this fire. Fire investigators are on scene and will be working throughout the day to determine the fires cause. Damage estimates will be made available as they are determined.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds residents that resources are available and should be utilized if you or someone you know suffers from Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome. According to the Mayo Clinic hoarding is the obsessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them.

Hoarding can lead to the increased likelihood of fires as combustible items have a greater chance of contacting heat sources. Fires in hoarder houses are also more severe as the amount of combustible material is usually greater.


Community Resource Database-

Call 211


Text your zip code to 898211.

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At 10:06 pm on Christmas Eve firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue were called to an apartment fire at 15904 E. Burnside. Firefighters arrived and found fire in two apartments (one was directly above the other). The fire was difficult to extinguish because it was burning in the walls and had extended into the attic.

Firefighters determined that the occupants of both apartments had gotten out safely. The fire was extinguished, however due to the damage to the apartments the residents will be displaced. The American Red Cross will be assisting the residents with shelter. Three adults and one child lived in one apartment, while the other was home to two adults and one infant. Fortunately most of the residents belongings were saved as the majority of damage was to the structure.

Fire investigators were called to the scene and determined that the fire was caused by improper wiring. Investigators estimate damages at $60,000. This was a single alarm fire.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds residents to ensure that all wiring is installed by a licensed electrician and properly inspected.

Portland Fire & Rescue Welcomes an Antique American LaFrance Pumper Home.

1918 American LaFrance Pumper Donation by the Letson Family.

On December 18th 2012 Portland Fire & Rescue celebrated the donation of an antique American LaFrance Pumper.  The Engine was originally purchased new by PF&R in 1918 and served at Station 19 (Mt.Tabor).

The Engine was used for many years, but was retired in the early 1950's and acquired at auction by Don Letson for approximately $295 in 1952.

The Letson family maintained the pumper for over 60 years and worked to restore it to its original condition.  Now the old engine has come home.

Images Courtesy of Something Blue Photography

It's time for the 2012 Holiday Safety House! ***Cancelled***

Update-  Due to yesterdays tragic events at Clackamas Town Center, this event has been cancelled.  You can still find the resources below online or by phone.  Have a safe holiday season!

On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, a home in North Portland will open its doors to the media to provide a visual and interactive "one-stop shopping" experience demonstrating the top holiday hazards and how to avoid them.

Organized and sponsored by local injury prevention experts and public safety personnel; the media will be invited to attend and watch demonstrations on common home holiday hazards. Experts will also be available to provide holiday safety advice. Details are below.



Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

9:00 am to 12:30 pm



2224 North Willamette, Portland OR 97217



  • Wheeled Winter Sports – Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT)-Simone Carter
  • Toy Safety – Tom Sargent Safety Store-Marianne Bridwell-Chapman
  • Winter Driving – Oregon Department of Transportation-Kristie Gladhill
  • Cooking Fires –Portland Fire & Rescue-Damon Simmons
  • Fall Prevention – American Medical Response (AMR) and the Metro Area Safe Kids Coalition ( Drum
  • Candle Fires – Sandy Fire District-Alice Bush
  • Christmas Tree Safety –Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue-Tim Nokes
  • Burn Prevention – Legacy Oregon Burn Center-Curtis Ryun
  • Poison Prevention – Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Poison Center-Lisbeth Ward-Fowler