It's National Window Safety Week. One Portland Firefighter Wants to Share His Story
Fires and falls of all kinds are among the leading causes of injury and death in young children. National Window Safety Week is observed annually during the first full week of April to help educate people on how they can keep children from falling out of windows.
Nationwide, approximately 3,300 children fall from windows every year with 70% falling from second or third story windows. In Oregon, about 50 children ages 0-5 fall from windows annually. The majority of those falls happen during warmer months between May and September.
Portland Firefighter Jason Cunningham knows these statistics all too well because three years ago, his son Thomas became one of them. In this emotional video, the Cunningham family recounts the tragedy that came to their home and sends an important message out about how to prevent this kind of thing from happening to anyone you love.
Children can fall from windows allowed to open more than 4 inches. As parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters, we need to be aware of how to keep our children safe.
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Dr. Jon Jui just won the Michael Keys Copass Award
Congratulations to PF&R Medical Director Dr. Jon Jui for winning the 2013 Michael Keys Copass award at the EMS State of the Sciences Conference. The award is presented to the Emergency Medical Services Medical Director who has demonstrated longstanding service, contributions and leadership in the unique realm of out-of-hospital emergency care and who, in addition, has served as a role model, not only for emergency medical services personnel, but also for fellow 9-1-1 system medical directors across the nation.
Dr. Jui certainly fits the bill. He is the EMS Medical Director for Multnomah County (City of Portand, Gresham, Port of Portland, AMR Multnomah County, Multnomah County 911 Dispatch), Professor of Emergency Medicine OHSU, and Medical Director of Oregon State Police, United States Forest Service Region 6 Incident Medical Specialist and Redmond and North Cascade Smoke Jumpers. He is also the Deputy Team Leader of the federal Oregon 2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (OR2-DMAT).
He is board-certified in emergency medicine, internal medicine, and infectious disease and has a Masters in Public Health (epidemiology). He has had a long interest in population based research and has been a co-investigator on a number of national scientific investigations including Rapid Early Action for Coronary Treatment (REACT), Public Access Defibrillation 1 Trial (PAD1), Emergency ID Network, Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome, and Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium. Additionally, he's just a great guy.
Thanks to Commissioner Saltzman and members of his staff for taking the time to learn CPR.
Today Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, members of his staff and a selection of colleagues from the the Auditor's office took time to take a CPR course at Portland Fire & Rescue. We appreciate their efforts to be prepared whenever and wherever an emergency takes place and someone needs to be resuscitated.
Portland Fire & Rescue investigators were looking to prove that the man suspected of setting the Sept. 29, 2012, blaze at the home of his ex-girlfriend was in fact the arsonist. They did.
A recent in-depth story by KOIN TV detailed how PF&R's Rick McGraw, Fabian Jackson and Lila the Arson Dog tracked down evidence that 55-year-old Daniel Surratt set fire to his ex-girlfriend's home. On Feb. 14, Surratt was convicted on several counts, including first-degree arson, attempted felony strangulation, first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. "When you walk into one of these houses, it's devastated, everything is gone," McGraw said in the interview. "(Arson) is a violent crime and people do get hurt."
PF&R Honored for Saving University of Portland Baseball Player's Life
Firefighters (from left) Jason Warner, Casey Steele, Keith Jordan and Kurt Schatz. Right: Portland Pilots' JR Bunda
The University of Portland recently held its Diamond Dinner, an annual event held to mark another year in baseball for the school's team. But this year wasn't just another one for the Pilots. This past December, the Pilots were faced with a situation much more harrowing than going against an undefeated team: their captain, JR Bunda, collapsed after a workout and went into cardiac arrest.
Thanks to the quick thinking of the University staff, the situation was set up as best as possible by the time the crew from Portland Fire & Rescue's Station 26 raced into the gym to begin the lifesaving measures that would restart Bunda's heart.
The Station 26 crew went to work: Kurt Schatz acted as team leader, directing IV medication plans and use of the defibrillator; Keith Jordan handled clearing Bunda's airway and manually running a bag valve mask to help him breath; Casey Steele and Jason Warner traded off chest compression duties as well as tracking medical interventions and collecting his history. The crew got his heart started again and he was swiftly shifted to the hospital where he lay in a coma for over 24 hours.
Bunda is now fully healed and ready to hit the diamond again. And at the Diamond Dinner, the team thanked the crew at Station 26 for their part in putting Bunda back on the pitching mound. Pilots' coach Chris Sperry presented the firefighters from Station 26 with a framed jersey of Bunda's. Bunda coincidentally plays as number 26 on the team, the same number of the station and the number emblazoned on the truck that came roaring in to save his life. The jersey is hanging in the North Portland station house, a reminder of the lives on the line every day they come to work.
See coach Chris Sperry tell the story of what happened that day on December 10 when JR Bunda's heart stopped...