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NEWS RELEASE 01/07/10: Firefighters Extricate Victim Trapped in Industrial Accident

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Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters from Station 22 in St. Johns responded to the report of a citizen trapped between a stack of plate steel and a rolling crane at about 6:00 pm this evening in an industrial facility on North Swift Court in North Portland.

While firefighters worked with personnel from the industrial facility to move several tons of plate steel, fire-medics administered advance life support to the trapped patient. While firefighters worked at extricating and treating the trapped victim, Portland Fire's Technical Rescue Team was dispatched along with Life Flight.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 6:08 pm and had the patient extricated 59 minutes later. The patient was transport by Life Flight to Emanuel Hospital in critical condition.

January 7, 2010

Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Chicken and Strawberries over Mixed Greens

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  • 2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breast (about 3 breast halves)
  • 2 cups quartered small strawberries (about 1 pint)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups gourmet salad greens


  1. In a large bowl, combine chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breast, small strawberries, chopped celery, chopped red onion, and golden raisins.
  2. Combine sesame seeds and chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir well with a whisk.
  3. Pour over chicken mixture, toss well to coat.
  4. Cover and chill one hour.
  5. Serve over salad greens. 

164 calories, 6.3g fat, 15.3g carb, 376 mg sodium

January 7, 2010

This is Your Chance! Become a Trauma Intervention Program Volunteer

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Trauma Intervention Program of Portland/Vancouver, Inc. (TIP) is an organization of specially trained citizen volunteers who assist citizens in crisis. TIP is looking for caring people who want to be involved and make a difference in their community.

TIP is recruiting for a January 2010 Training Academy. Training consists of learning the specialized skills needed to assist victims and their family and friends immediately after a traumatic incident or sudden loss.

TIP Volunteers are requested by and work with local police, fire and emergency medical crews. Volunteers can be called to assist in any traumatic situation such as:

  • Offer comfort and support after the death or sudden illness of a loved one
  • Provide emotional and practical support to those who have been robbed, burglarized or assaulted
  • Help after a fire
  • Support survivors of a suicide
  • Help emotionally traumatized victims of accidents
  • Witnesses to traumatic events
  • Help those emotionally shaken by any crisis event
  • Assist at schools or businesses after the death of student or employee

No Experience is necessary; just bring your caring heart.

You can register online at: – click on the training tab. A TIP staff member will call you within 2 business days following submission of your registration for a brief phone interview. There is a $50.00 registration fee and attendance at each session is mandatory. NOTE: Registration fee REQUIRED to secure your seat in the class. Please mail fee to TIP, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97230.


The January 2010 Training Academy dates and times are listed below.  All training sessions will be held at Clackamas Community College located at 19600 Molalla Avenue Oregon City, Oregon 97045.

  • Thursday, January 14th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday, January 15th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 16th 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 17th 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 20th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 21st 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday, January 22nd 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 23rd 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 2nd Graduation @ 7:00 PM

January 7, 2010

UPDATED - NEWS RELEASE 01/07/10: Portland Firefighters Battle Electrical Substation Fire

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UPDATE - Fire Investigators from Portland Fire & Rescue have listed the cause of the fire at a PP&L substation this morning as "accidental". The cause of the failure of the regulator has been deferred to PP&L. The estimated fire loss is set at $235,000.

At 3:35 am on Thursday, January 7, 2010, Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters were called to N. Clark Avenue and N. Interstate Avenue to the report of an explosion and fire at a substation. When firefighters arrived they reported a fire in the fenced area of a Pacific Power and Light (PPL) electrical distribution facility. Apparently, a piece of equipment in the substation malfunctioned and exploded spreading mineral oil (used as a coolant) around the area. The oil was ignited by the explosion and was burning vigorously. Firefighters isolated the area and let the fire burn and awaited the arrival of PPL employees.


Fighting a fire in a substation is extremely dangerous because of the tremendous amounts of electrical energy that is present. The electricity can travel hundreds of feet through water streams and hose lines to damage equipment and injure or kill firefighters. Standard Operating Guidelines call for removing people to a safe distance and wait for power company workers to turn off the power before attacking the fire. PPL turned off the power to the area at about 5:45 am and firefighters extinguished the fire about 10 minutes later. It is estimated that about 1,200 gallons of mineral oil was spilled and it was all contained in an oil water separator on the site.


Portland Fire & Rescue does not have the total number of people that were without power or for how long the outage will continue.



  • 4 Engines
  • 2 Trucks
  • 1 Heavy Rescue
  • Fire Boat
  • Chiefs
  • 28 PF&R Personnel responded to this incident (26 firefighters and 2 chief officers)

January 7, 2010 

You're Invited to the Safety Saturday Event

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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. 


UPCOMING EVENT:  Safety Saturday on January 9, 2010 from 10 am - 3 pm



Safety Saturday at the Historic Belmont Firehouse is happening this Saturday, January 9, 2010 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 Don Porth at (503) 823-3615 or link to the official website at

January 8, 2010