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Holiday Safety Wishes from Hillsdale Fire Station 5 Firefighters

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Over the weekend, the crew from Portland’s Hillsdale Fire Station 5 brought the Holiday season to life by hanging a wreath on the front of Engine 5 and decorating the firehouse exterior with festive lighting.

This year, the station’s dayroom will host the annual Christmas tree topped with a bright star.

Station 5 Captain Fred Ellison and the Hillsdale crew along with all of Portland Fire & Rescue remind citizens that carefully decorating Christmas trees can make your holidays safety.  Check out the safety tips below and remember, a small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly!

Picking the Tree

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the Tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1–2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the Tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

  • Dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
  • Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Remember, as you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. Hillsdale Fire Station 5’s crew wishes citizens a safe and happy holiday season!


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   December 5, 2011 


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Firefighters Train to Survive on the Fireground

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In 2010, 87 firefighters from 31 states lost their lives as the result of fatal injuries sustained on the job. Luckily, those numbers are decreasing as the average number of firefighter deaths between 2004 and 2009 was 112. 

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the majority of firefighter fatalities in 2011 were caused while engaging in activities at the scene of a fire.

Firefighting, rescue, and other types of emergency operations are essential activities in an inherently dangerous profession, and unfortunate tragedies do occur. These are the risks all firefighters accept every time they respond to an emergency incident.

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) realizes that these risks can be greatly reduced through calculated efforts to improve training and emergency scene operations.


Safety Chief Todd Keathley instructs the class, consisting of firefighters from Truck 1 and 2 and Engines 15, 17, 19 and 30

For the past couple months, all Portland firefighters have been required to take part in a Fire Ground Operations Training Block delivered jointly by the Training, Safety & EMS Division. The training focused on emergency scene operations, firefighter safety, fatality investigations, causation of firefighter fatalities, apparatus placement, radio communications, commercial and residential fires, Rapid Intervention Team, and MAYDAY operations. PF&R has extended an invitation to our regional fire service partners to participate in this training as well.  Partners participating to date include Gresham Fire & Emergency Services, Clackamas Fire District #1 and the Port of Portland Fire Department.

Portland Fire & Rescue is actively committed to each and every one of our 703 firefighters’ health and safety.  Proactive training blocks not only provide firefighters with the skills they need to improve situation awareness, but also ways to focus on survival and personal safety on the fireground.

  Portland Fire & Rescue

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  December 6, 2011

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PF&R In The News: Report of Smoke Clears Justice Center in Downtown Portland but Officials Say No Fire Found

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Portland Fire & Rescue - IN THE NEWS

The Oregonian

December 6, 2011

Report of Smoke Clears Justice Center in Downtown Portland but Officials Say No Fire Found

Portland, OR -- 

Reports of smoke in a 16th-floor boiler room at the JusticeCenterin downtown Portlandbriefly cleared the building this afternoon.

Some crews are still at the building, located at 1111 S.W. 2nd Ave., but Portland Fire & Rescue spokesman Paul Corah said no fire was found and an electrical problem might be to blame.

The Portland Police Bureau, which is housed in the building, tweeted about the incident just before 3:30 p.m., saying, "Fire alarm on 16th floor of Justice Center, some smoke seen. All out safe, Portland Fire onscene."

The bureau later posted pictures of the incident on its Facebook page and thanked firefighters for responding to what it called a water heater problem.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  December 7, 2011

NEWS RELEASE 12/7/11: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Residential Fire in SE Portland

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December 7, 2011

7:02 PM

At 3:00 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to reports of smoke and flames coming from a home located at 11207 SE Powell Blvd. Upon arrival, firefighters from Portland Fire (Lents) Station 11 encountered heavy fire coming from the back of the house. Neighbors reported to firefighters that the house had been abandoned for some time. 

After an initial interior attack by firefighters, it was determined that building structure was compromised. Firefighters were ordered by the Incident Commander to withdraw from the house and extinguish the fire from a defensive position for their safety. 

Firefighters determined that no one was inside the home at the time of the fire. Fire Investigators remain on scene working to determine the cause of this fire. Damage to the house is estimated at $12,000.

Photos by Dick Harris, Portland Fire & Rescue photographer.

  Portland Fire & Rescue

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  December 7, 2011

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Citizens Invited to "SANTA Saturday" at the Historic Belmont Firehouse

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Santa Claus Visits the Historic Belmont Firehouse Safety Learning & Fire Museum


This Saturday, pack up the kids and visit the Historic Belmont Firehouse Safety Learning and Fire Museum located at 900 SE 35th Avenue (at Belmont) to enjoy and experience "Santa Saturday." Santa takes a break from his volunteer firefighter job at the North Pole to slide down the Belmont Fire Pole, visit the Firehouse, and pose for pictures with kids of all ages.

This is an annual fundraiser for the firehouse with a suggested $5 donation.  In return, you will be provided with one 4x6 photo or you can take your own pictures with your camera. 

Housed in an original firehouse, the museum and safety learning center not only brings you Santa Claus but offers displays and stories of the history of firefighting in Portland and fun interactive hands-on exhibits such as a 1860 house cart, the “Listen & Learn” 9-1-1 call simulator, the fire pole, and a realistic emergency response on the “Fire Engine Experience” simulator.


The goal of the museum and safety learning center is to promote fire and life safety education for every guest. The great part about the museum is that it is all free, thanks to Portland Fire & Rescue and the Jeff Morris Fire and Life Safety Foundation; donations are certainly accepted! The Firehouse is open the second Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 3:00pm for “Safety Saturday.” 

Contact the staff at the museum and safety learning center at (503) 823-3700 with questions or to schedule a private, more customized tour and education program. 

And remember...the firehouse is also available for rent to hold parties, luncheons, and other social gatherings. Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to see merchandise and fire department clothing for sale. And for kids – make sure to ask for a firefighter sticker badge and get a treat from Santa!

   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   December 8, 2011


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