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NEWS RELEASE 01/05/12: Portland Firefighters Respond to Reports of Man Pinned Beneath Vehicle in NE Portland

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January 5, 2012

8:24 AM


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At 6:39 this morning, Firefighters from two Portland Stations: Station 1 (Old town) and Station 13 (Lloyd District) responded to reports of a man pinned beneath a vehicle at the intersection of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and NE Grand.

Incidents of this type are dispatched as "Pin-In" accidents; these incidents draw additional resources, as entrapped victims may require technical extrication.

According to witnesses the patient was first struck by a different vehicle and was lying in the road when another vehicle, a PT cruiser, was unable to stop and struck the man—pinning him face down between the Cruiser and the road.

Multiple calls were received with each caller providing a different address. This often occurs when accidents occur between intersections. The more accurate the location provided, the more efficiently responding vehicles can determine routes and reach the location. When crews first arrived at the address, nothing was located; with multiple calls received, the four responding apparatus began searching the area. Squad 1, a Heavy Rescue, arrived on scene first and correctly identified the address as MLK at the Interstate 84 overpass; Truck 13, Engine 13 and Engine 1 all arrived within the minute. A paramedic from Squad 1 made contact with the trapped man and determined his condition to be life threatening.

On most "Pin-In" accidents, engine companies pull protection lines for the safety of the victim and first responders—due to the critical condition of the patient, firefighters opted to forgo standard procedure and worked together to lift the 3200 lb. vehicle off of the patient. "We were putting a plan together and realized how many of us were there—we had two firefighters with the patient to help pull him out from beneath the car—and then eight of us lifted the car off of him—it wasn’t pretty but it worked," said Firefighter Mick Held, a 16-year veteran of the Fire Bureau. "We pulled the man out onto a backboard and transferred him to an ambulance." The patient was entered into the State Trauma System and transported to Emanuel Hospital with life-threatening injuries.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 5, 2012 


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NEWS RELEASE 01/05/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Chief John Klum Announces Retirement

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January 5, 2012

4:07 PM

Yesterday, Portland Fire Chief John Klum announced his plans to retire in June 2012 after 34 years of fire service, four of which were spent as Portland’s Fire Chief. 

In a memo sent to Fire Bureau staff on January 4th, Klum wrote,

"I wanted to let all of you know that I have submitted a letter to Commissioner Leonard stating my plans to retire this coming June. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your commitment and support that not only has helped me be a better Chief the past four years, but for many of you over my entire career. I will have spent thirty-four years in a Bureau and City that I love and I am very proud to have served with you all. You are the best of the best. I look forward to the internal selection of my replacement and to be able to have a few months with them for a smooth transition."

Klum, who began sharing his retirement plans with the bureau’s leadership team in July 2010, looks forward to spending more time with his wife and two young children, ages 7 and 8.  He has actively served in a supervisory capacity for Portland Fire & Rescue for 29 of his 34 years of fire service.

With Klum’s announcement, the City of Portland’s Human Resources Bureau will facilitate a recruitment for a candidate to replace Klum when he leaves the bureau in June.  Selection of the final candidate will be made by Fire Commissioner Randy Leonard.

Portland Fire & Rescue is planning a celebration of service for Chief Klum in Summer, 2012.

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 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 January 5, 2012

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Vehicle Fires - Be Prepared to Move Quickly And Get to Safety

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Portland firefighters responded to a car fire on Interstate 5 near Jantzen Beach on January 6, 2012. The car burst into flames about 6:45 a.m. The driver, who was traveling north, was able to pull over to the shoulder near the Jantzen Beach exit just south of the Interstate Bridge and flee to safety. Two engines arrived at the scene and put the blaze out.

Vehicle fires are more common than you might think. The National Fire Protection Agency reports that there are roughly 300,000 vehicles per year, resulting in around $1.3 billion in property damages. Review the below helpful tips on car fire safety so that you know to act if you are ever put in this life-threatening situation:

  • Car fires are very dangerous, especially considering the possibility that the gas tank could possibly explode. For this reason, it is most important to get you and your passengers out of the car as quickly as possible, leaving behind your possessions.
  • Before leaving the vehicle, turn off the engine if possible.
  • Don't stay near the burning vehicle. Instead, get as far away from the vehicle as possible in case the fire spreads or the fuel tank explodes.
  • Once you are in a safe place, call the fire department for assistance. If you or any of your passengers are injured or burned, call for medical assistance immediately.
  • Do not return to the car to try to put out the fire. Do not return to the car to retrieve any possessions. Although the car might be an important part of your life - it is not as important as your life!
  • Even if you only see smoke after an accident or smell burning, act quickly and take the same precautions as if you could see actual flames. Remember - where there's smoke, there's fire.


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  January 6, 2012

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PF&R Fire Trivia December 2011

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During December 2011, which one of Portland Fire & Rescue's 30 fire stations had the highest number of runs with 596?


(a)  Station 11 (located at 5707 SE 92nd Avenue)

(b)  Station 7 (located at 1500 SE 122 Avenue)

(c)  Station 1 (located at 55 SW Ash Street)


ANSWER: In December 2011, Station 1 had the highest number of runs with 596.  Following closely were Station 7 with 551 runs and Station 11 with 436 runs.


During December 2011, which one of Portland Fire & Rescue's 30 fire engines had the highest number of runs with 300?

(a)  Engine 31 (located at 1927 SE 174th Avenue)

(b)  Engine 7 (located at 1500 SE 122 Avenue)

(c)  Engine 30 (located at 13313 NE San Rafael Street)

ANSWER: In December 2011, Engine 31 had the highest number of runs with 300.  Following closely were Engine 7 with 280 runs and Engine 30 with 275 runs.

During December 2011, which one of Portland Fire & Rescue's nine fire trucks had the highest number of runs with 260?

(a)  Truck 7 (located at 1500 SE 122 Avenue)

(b)  Truck 13 (located at 926 NE Weidler Street)

(c)  Truck 1 (located at 55 SW Ash Street)

ANSWER: In December 2011, Truck 7 had the highest number of runs with 260.  Following closely were Truck 1 with 212 runs and Truck 13 with 169 runs.



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   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 9, 2012 

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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Chicken Wraps with Curry & Coconut

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Chicken Wraps with Curry & Coconut 


Recipe Courtesy of Portland Firefighter Tommy Schroeder, Station 19



  • 1/2 Cup(s) Coconut Milk Regular Or Light
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) Thai Green Curry Paste 
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Chopped Cilantro 
  • 1 1/4 Cup(s) Cooked Chicken Shredded
  • 1/4 Cup(s) Shredded Carrot(s) 
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Thinly Sliced Green Onion(s) 
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Roasted Peanuts Chopped, (optional)
  • 4 (8-inch) Whole Wheat Tortilla(s) 
  • 1 Cup(s) Green Lettuce Leaves Shredded


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut milk and curry paste until smooth.
  2. Stir in cilantro, chicken, carrots, green onions and peanuts and toss to coat.
  3. Arrange tortillas in a single layer on a flat surface.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories 560
  • Total Fat 22 g
  • Saturated Fat N/A
  • Sodium 670 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 55 g
  • Fiber 3 g
  • Protein 31 g


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  January 6, 2012 


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