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PF&R Incident Statistics: November 20 - 26, 2011

Incident Statistics:

(November 20 - 26, 2011)

Total Incidents: 1,259

Medical: 1,035

Fire: 33

Other: 191

Major Incidents: 4

  • 11/20/11@ 0049 hrs, Residential Fire, 1500 block of N McClellan St. Loss: $21,000 Cause: Electrical Short

  • 11/21/11@ 1519 hrs, Commercial Fire, 2nd Alarm, 14400 block of SE Stark St. Loss: $110,000 Cause: Electrical Arc / Overload

  • 11/25/11@ 0706 hrs, Traffic Accident with Patient Entrapment, 4700 block of NE Columbia Blvd. 3 vehicles, One Civilian Fatality

  • 11/26/11@ 0655 hrs, Residential Fire, 6400 block of NE 6th Ave.  Loss: $80,000 Cause: Under Investigation

Year to Date Incident Statistics:

(January 2, 2011 - current)

Total Incidents: 63,008

Medical: 50,536

Fire: 2,764

Other: 11,698

Major Incidents: 162 


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   November 28, 2011 


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OHSU Researchers & Women Firefighters Team Up to Protect Children

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Studies have shown that children under the age of five are at higher risk of burns associated with cooking than of being burned in a fire.  In fact, burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents.

To raise awareness and help parents prevent painful burn accidents and injuries, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has partnered with the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services (iWomen) to create two free instructional videos. The 20-minutes videos in both English and Spanish are funded through a Fire & Safety Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The first video titled, “Home Safety,” provides tips to mothers on how to best reduce the risk of injuries and accidents in at home.

The second video, “Fitness for New Moms,” shows moms how to get in shape and avoid injury using simple techniques employed by women firefighters.

When Portland Fire & Rescue Firefighter Don Porth and Kerry Kilner, Lieutenants Stephenie Bowen and Kim Kosmas, and Nurse Janet Woodside were approached with the opportunity to help with the videos, they didn’t hesitate.  Nurse Woodside said the team from PF&R were excited to be a part of a project that helped inform citizens about the importance of fire and home safety as well as fitness and health to help keep our communities and citizens safe and healthy.

All citizens are encouraged to visit to view the English and Spanish wellness videos.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   November 30, 2011 


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Veteran Saved on Veterans Day Gives Thanks to Emergency Personnel Who Saved His Life

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Police Officers Darke Hull and Brian Sweeney shake veteran James McCabe's hand while Police Chief Mike Reese watches proudly in the background

This morning at the Maple Lane Mobile Home Park in Oregon City, veteran James McCabe was reunited with and had the chance to thank Portland Police Bureau Officers Darke Hull and Brian Sweeney, Nurse Susan Voegtlin, and Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters from the Rose City/Hollywood Fire Station 28 for saving his life.  

Just over two weeks ago on Veterans Day (November 11, 2011), a group of veterans were gathered at the McDonalds located at NE 40th and NE Hancock. All were planning to attend the Veterans Day Parade on NE Sandy Blvd. Around 9:00 am veteran James McCabe, age 74, became ill and collapsed on the floor of the McDonalds. Luckily for Mr. McCabe, two Portland Police officers were nearby and came to his aid.

Having been trained in First Aid and CPR, Officers Brian Sweeney and Darke Hull immediately began to evaluate and assess McCabe's condition. They noted he did not have a pulse and did not appear to be breathing. Officer Sweeney began chest compressions based on his training following American Red Cross guidelines.

Nurse Susan Voegtlin is thanked by McCabe

A citizen, Susan Voegtlin, identified herself as a nurse and asked if she could assist. Officer Sweeney directed her to begin rescue breathing on McCabe as he transitioned back and forth with Officer Hull in administering chest compressions. Portland's Bureau of Emergency Communications dispatch was advised by Officer Sweeney that they needed Fire/Rescue to the scene immediately; they continued CPR until PF&R arrived.

Firefighters from Portland's Rose City/Hollywood Fire Station 28 meet McCabe

Firefighters from PF&R's Hollywood FireStation 28 arrived within minutes to start advanced life support. Within 10 minutes the crew was able to help Mr. McCabe regain a pulse and a blood pressure. Mr. McCabe returned to spontaneous circulation and was transported to Providence Portland Medical Center where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.  McCabe has since recovered and is now back home.

Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau urge all citizens to become CPR trained and certified because it can save lives. Visit the American Red Cross website at to sign up for classes.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   November 30, 2011 


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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Asian Chicken Pasta Salad

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Asian Chicken Pasta Salad


Courtesy of the International Association of Fire Fighters


  • 4 cups thinly cut or shredded cooked chicken

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (creamy is best)

  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar

  • 2 tbsp. chili garlic sauce

  • 1 tbsp. sugar

  • 1 tbsp. minced ginger

  • 3 tbsp. fat free, low sodium chicken broth or water

  • 12 oz. linguine

  • 2 carrots, grated

  • 4 scallions, chopped

  • 1 small red pepper, cut into small strips

  • 1 cup of snow peas

  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Prepare linguine according to package.
  2. Drain, rinse with cold water and place in large bowl.
  3. While pasta is cooking, blend in a food processor or blender the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, chili garlic sauce, sugar, ginger, and broth until smooth.
  4. Add chicken, snow peas, carrots, scallions, pepper strips, and cilantro to bowl of pasta, toss to distribute.
  5. Pour peanut sauce over chicken and pasta. Toss well to coat. (If you need to thin sauce out, use a little water.)
  6. To serve, place chicken and pasta on bed of lettuce if desired.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories 423 
  • Total Fat 9 g
  • Sodium 468 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 51 g
  • Fiber 4 g
  • Protein 34 g


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  November 22, 2011 


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