Yesterday at 1:27 pm, a fire was reported burning at the Raleigh Scholls Apartments located at 5102 SW Scholls Ferry Road.
Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) arrived to find flames and black smoke coming from a property management office in the lower level of an apartment building also housing 16 residential units. TVF&R requested mutual aid assistance from Portland Fire & Rescue, and Station 16 Lieutenant Bryan E., and Firefighters Ken E., Brady D., and Chad B. arrived shortly after to support suppression operations.
All of the buildings occupants were immediately evacuated as fire crews worked to extinguish the fire and successfully contain it from spreading to any other units. The fire did substantial damage to the interior of the office that was unoccupied at the time of the fire. There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.
HELPING OTHER FIRE AGENCIES THROUGH MUTUAL AID
When fire agencies provide emergency response and protection support to one another such as the situation described above, it is called “Mutual Aid.” Portland Fire & Rescue currently participates in mutual aid agreements with all fire agencies bordering the City of Portland including the Port of Portland Fire Department, Vancouver Fire & Rescue, TVF&R, Clackamas County Fire District #1, Lake Oswego Fire Department, and Gresham Fire & Emergency Services. The goal of mutual aid is to lend or receive fire protection and emergency medical services assistance across jurisdictional boundaries.
HOW DOES MUTUAL AID WORK?
The City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Services (BOEC) receives a request by a neighboring fire jurisdiction asking for mutual aid assistance. Portland Firefighters are then contacted through normal dispatch procedures to respond to the structure fire or other significant event (e.g. hazardous materials, confined space, dive rescue) outside the City of Portland. When PF&R needs assistance, the same process is used in reverse.
We trust and rely on the fact that if we do have a large scale incident here in the City of Portland, other surrounding agencies will provide further resources if called upon. In addition, Fire personnel here at PF&R are committed to supporting and assisting other fire agencies that surround the City of Portland when in need.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
March 23, 2011