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Lower the Boom in Effect Once Again

PF&R joins forces with the Portland Police Bureau once again to fight illegal fireworks

PF&R is attacking the city's illegal fireworks problem with a multi-pronged education and enforcement approach. On Friday, PF&R will be hosting a state-wide press conference about illegal fireworks featuring the state Fire Marshal. This Sunday, the Oregonian will feature a wrap ad covering the issue of illegal fireworks. And next week both PF&R and PPB will be releasing a Public Service Announcement featuring PF&R Chief Erin Janssens and PPB Chief Mike Reese. Currently there are four Portland-focused PSAs in rotation on PF&R's social media channels. See them here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHVnJDOIVrO7EMbSHSB1K4eW3L3wQAHt_

Here's one featuring PF&R's Lt. Dennis Bell on pets and fireworks:

Take Your Kids to Work Day

PF&R brought their kids to the training center so they could try out some special firefighting techniques.

photo of family

It was a beautiful day at the PF&R training center last week when dozens of families gathered to take part in the annual Take Your Kids to Work Day event. Kids got the chance to ride in a fire truck, try on turnout gear, get accurate with hoses and find out a little more about what their parents do.

Here's a video about the day:

Portland Fire & Rescue responds to a collapsed crane at Terminal 4

At 9:30 AM, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to Port of Portland's Terminal 4 (11040 N. Lombard Ave.) where a crane had collapsed.  Initial reports were that people may have been under the crane when it came down.  Engine 22 (St. John's) was the first fire unit to arrive at the location and took command of the incident at 9:35. The staff there told arriving fire units that all the personnel at the location were accounted for and that there were no injuries.  



The Specialty Rescue team from Station 1 (Old Town) responded as well, as they carry specialized rescue equipment and are trained for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).  Fire personnel assisted the Port staff with evaluating the crane and structures, as well as the dock integrity.  

Battalion Chief Tom Williams said "The staff here did a great job in recognizing when the equipment failed and getting all of their personnel out of harm's way."



A total of 4 engines, 2 trucks, 1 squad (Specialized Rescue), 3 chief officers and a fire boat responded to this incident, because of the potential need for resources.

Fire personnel remained on scene until 12:04.