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NEWS RELEASE 10/20/11: Portland Fire & Rescue Dedicates New Fire Station 31 on Saturday, October 22, 2011

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October 20, 2011

12:53 PM

Please join Portland Fire & Rescue and Gresham Fire & Emergency Services on Saturday, October 22nd at 10:00 am for the open house and dedication of new Portland Fire Station 31, located at 1927 SE 174th in Portland. 


The open house will celebrate the rebuilding of the station and the return of Portland Fire & Rescue and Gresham Fire & Emergency Services personnel and equipment.  This shared station, which serves the surrounding Portland and Gresham communities, went on 3,388 emergency responses in 2010 making it one of the busiest Portland Fire & Rescue engine companies in the city.


Public and media are invited to the dedication ceremony, which will begin at 10:00 am, and to tour the station and share refreshments until 2:00 pm.


New Station 31 was funded through a General Obligation Bond that was approved by voters in 1998 to ensure that all fire stations throughout the city can withstand a significant seismic event and continue serving public safety needs in the future.


The $2.1 million station was completed in just 10 months and the project was under budget.  The 6,938 square foot, two-story station was designed to meet many energy efficiency rating standards.  It features an infrared heat system in the apparatus bay to reduce heat loss when the engine leaves the station, a highly reflective white roof, and an energy-efficient heating and ventilation recovery system.  Additionally, 97% of construction debris from the demolition of the old station was recycled and diverted from landfills.


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   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   October 20, 2011 


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HAM Radio Drill at all Portland Fire Stations Saturday

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Who: PF&R hosts HAM radio operators and NET team members

What: Amateur radio drill

When: 8:00 a.m. – noon (PIO available for interviews 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)

Where: All fire stations (PIO available only at Station 3,1715 NW Johnson St.)

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), in coordination with The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), will host an all-stations training and demonstration drill for HAM radio operations Saturday, October 22nd from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

The purpose of the drill is to ensure PBEM’s all-volunteer Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) members are familiar with fire stations’ HAM radio kits and the operation of the equipment. NET members will participate in a communication test with the City’s Emergency Coordination Center (ECC). PF&R expects the HAM radio test to be completed and the equipment stowed by 12:00 p.m.

Amateur radio is a vital component of the city’s emergency communication strategy during a major emergency. This drill marks a rare opportunity to witness the HAM network operating on this scale in a practice environment. To answer any questions from media, PF&R will have an on-duty Public Information Officer available at Station 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


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   October 21, 2011 


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PF&R Incident Statistics: October 16 - 22, 2011

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Incident Statistics:

(October 16 - 22, 2011)

Total Incidents: 1,360

Medical: 1,100

Fire: 38

Other: 222

Major Incidents: 4 

  • 10/16/2011@ 1249 hrs, Commercial Fire, 12300 block ofSE Powell Blvd.Loss: $130,000.  Cause: Sparks from a torch.

  • 10/18/11@ 0405 hrs, Residential Fire, 5600 block of SE 85th Ave.  Loss: $25,000 Cause: Improper Wood Stove installation.

  • 10/18/2011@ 0526 hrs, Residential Fire, 9700 block ofN Smith St.  Loss: $100,000 Cause: Under Investigation.

  • 10/18/2011@ 1313 hrs, Residential Fire, 8300 block of NE Broadway.  Loss: $70,000 Cause: Illegal Fireworks.

Year to Date Incident Statistics:

(January 2, 2011 - current)

Total Incidents: 56,555

Medical: 45,286

Fire: 2,554

Other: 10,705

Major Incidents: 148 


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   October 24, 2011 


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East Portland's Newest Fire Station Hosts Open House

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On Saturday, October 22nd - with a strong east wind blowing in true East Portland fashion - Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Chiefs John Klum and John Nohr, along with Gresham Fire & Emergency Services Chief Scott Lewis, officially dedicated and opened Rockwood Fire Station 31. 



The new shared Portland/Gresham station was built in just 10 months time and on Saturday welcomed visitors for tours and refreshments. 


Guiseppes, a local Italian restaurant and favorite with firefighters and the community, dropped in with pizzas and cannolis for visitors to enjoy. 


Children who visited the station were exited climb up in the 1949 Mack fire truck that was on display. 


Also on hand was Linda Haworth, a local artist, who is designing and installing a mosaic on the front of the station made from thousands of tiny colored glass tiles with a presentation about the installation.


Station 31 is Portland Fire & Rescue's busiest engine company.  It is appropriate that their slogan "We do more after midnight than you do all day" is prominently displayed on Engine 31.  Portland Fire & Rescue is proud to open new Fire Station 31, which will serve the Portland and Gresham communities for decades to come.



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   October 24, 2011 


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**UPDATED WITH FIRE CAUSE & DAMAGE ESTIMATE** NEWS RELEASE 10/25/11: Portland Fire & Rescue Responding to 2nd Alarm Apartment Fire on SE Powell Blvd.

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October 26, 2011

9:21 AM 

Fire investigators have determined that the cause of this morning's fire inNE Portlandwas caused by careless smoking. The total damage is estimated at $50,000.

Portland Fire & Rescue wants to remind citizens to always dispose of cigarettes in a proper container whenever smoking.


October 25, 2011

12:20 PM

Fire Investigators have determined that this morning’s fire in SE Portland was caused by a youth-occupant with an open flame heat source. Total damage is estimated at $65,000.

Portland Fire reminds citizens that it is not uncommon for children to misuse fire. Without the right knowledge, kids can make errors that can lead to tragic results.

Consider the following to address firesetting behavior in kids:

  • Keep matches and lighters in a safe place – Access is the number one reason kids play with fire.  Keep matches and lighters safely stored, locked up if necessary.
  • No Secrets – Don’t make the storage location a secret.  Have kids help determine a safe place and ask for their help in keeping matches and lighters there at all times. 
  • Set the right example – Kids will do as you do, not do what you say.  They will only know how to be as careful with fire as the example you set (that’s why most child fire play occurs after the July 4th Holiday). 
  • Treat matches and lighters like tools – Matches and lighters are dangerous tools that need the same care as things like power saws, sharp knives, and loaded guns.  If you store and treat them like dangerous tools, kids will learn to see them as tools.
  • Teach your child about safety – Many parents say “…my child knows better!”  Talk with kids to know what they do know. 
  • Dangerous Firesetting – All firesetting behavior is dangerous, but when a youth begins setting fires in response to their stress or crisis, help is needed quickly.  Kids may not realize why they are acting the way they do (asking them why they set a fire will likely result in “I don’t know”). 

Need Help? – If you need help or have questions about this behavior, contact the Youth Firesetting Intervention Program at Portland Fire & Rescue.  You can reach a specialist at 503-823-3700.



October 25, 2011

3:33 AM



Portland firefighters responded to reports of smoke and flames coming from an apartment building at 13746 SE Powell Blvd. (The Shalamar Apartments). When firefighters arrived at 1:32 am, they encountered flames pouring from a ground floor apartment unit that had spread to the second story and attic. Due to the fire's size and extension to the apartment building's attic space, the Incident Commander called for a second alarm at 1:45 am bringing additional firefighters and equipment to the scene to attack the blaze. 


While ladder truck crews advanced to the roof to attack the fire and open the roof to release heat and smoke, engine crews aggressively advanced on the blaze from the ground and searched each unit to make sure all occupants had safely escaped.

"Apartment fires in the early morning hours are always of particular concern to firefighters because we know people are home and likely sleeping," said Public Information Officer Anthony Schaffer. "Fortunately everyone escaped this fire safely."

The fire was brought under control at 1:59 am. A total of three apartment units sustained fire damage. Four individuals - two males, one female, and a 5-year old male - as well as two cats were displaced from their apartment. The Red Cross has been called to assist the family with finding alternate housing. Additional reports indicate that a 3-year-old child suffered smoke inhalation from the fire. The child was treated at the scene by Portland firefighter/paramedics and did not necessitate transport to a hospital.

Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the morning to monitor for hot spots. Fire Investigators are also on scene working to determine the cause of the fire and damages.

With two small children involved in this morning's fire, it's an important reminder to plan and practice a fire escape plan with your family. Know two ways out of every room, make sure doors and windows are clear and easy to open, and have a safe meeting place outside where firefighters can easily locate you. Practice your plan at least twice a year - in the day and night. The Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office offers a helpful escape plan map you can download and customize at:


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   October 24, 2011 


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