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NEWS RELEASE 10/16/11: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Commercial fire at 12350 SE Powell Blvd.

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October 16, 2011

4:30 PM


At 12:50 pm, Portland firefighters were dispatched to reports of flames coming from a commercial structure.  The fire was discovered at 12350 SE Powell Blvd., the home of the Human Solutions non-profit organization.  Firefighters from SE Portland Station 7 arrived at the scene with an engine and truck and found flames coming through the roof. 


Two fire truck crews used aerial ladders to extend hose lines to the roof and quickly knock down the blaze, which was contained to the roof.  There was significant smoke damage throughout the building and firefighters worked extensively to ventilate the building. 

Fire investigators remain on scene working to determine the cause of the fire.  Damage estimates are not yet available.

Photos courtesy of Dick Harris, Portland Fire.

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 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 October 16, 2011


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PF&R Incident Statistics: October 9 - 15, 2011

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Incident Statistics:

(October 9 - 15, 2011)

Total Incidents: 1,410

Medical: 1,151

Fire: 38

Other: 221

Major Incidents: 4 

  • 10/9/2011@ 0348hrs, Residential Fire,8001 N. Emerald Ave, Loss: $205,000 Cause: Under Investigation

  • 10/12/11@ 0257 hrs, Residential Fire,1704 N Highland St.  Loss: $12,000 Cause: Arson

  • 10/13/2011@ 1019hrs Dive Incident, I205 Fwy @ I205 Bridge, No recovery of body

  • 10/14/2011@ 2212hrs, Commercial Fire, 2201 Lloyd Center Zumi’s, Loss: $102,500 Cause: Overheated light fixture ignited nearby combustibles

Year to Date Incident Statistics:

(January 2, 2011 - current)

Total Incidents: 55,195

Medical: 44,186

Fire: 2,516

Other: 10,483

Major Incidents: 144


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   October 17, 2011 


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Take the Kitchen Fire Safety Quiz & Practice Fire-Safe Behavior

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Cooking is the major cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Portland Fire & Rescue encourages citizens to understand how fire-safe behaviors can vastly reduce the risks of injuries, deaths, and property damage.

Start with the kitchen safety quiz below and see how many questions you can answer correctly. The answers can be found at the end of the quiz.

For additional kitchen safety tips, click here

1. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is:

  1. burnt toast.
  2. unattended cooking.
  3. oven fires.
  4. microwave oven fires

2. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food, you should:

  1. turn the stove down low.
  2. leave the food cooking as is.
  3. turn off the stove.
  4. cover the food with aluminum foil.

3. If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food:

  1. check it regularly, and stay in the home.
  2. it is safe to run outside and get your mail.
  3. stay in the kitchen and watch the stove.
  4. it is safe to leave the home for an hour.

4. When young children are present:

  1. use the stove's front burners so you can reach them faster.
  2. use the stove's back burners.
  3. have children sit quietly on the floor so they can't reach the stove.
  4. have children stand behind you when you are using the stove.

5. Spilled food and grease from burners, stove tops and oven should be:

  1. cleaned up to prevent a fire.
  2. kept to a minimum.
  3. covered with paper towels to soak up the grease and food.
  4. left to harden.

6. If a small grease fire starts in a pan:

  1. use baking powder to put the fire out.
  2. smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan (make sure you are wearing an oven mitt). Turn off the burner.
  3. pour water on the fire.
  4. move the pan to the sink and run water over it.

7. When heating food in the microwave.

  1. use any container that can fit in the microwave.
  2. cover the container with aluminum foil to prevent spills.
  3. use only microwave-safe containers or dishes to heat food.
  4. avoid wearing clothes with loose sleeves.

8. If you have a fire in your microwave:

  1. turn it off immediately and open the door.
  2. turn it off immediately and keep the door closed.
  3. open the door and attempt to put out of the fire.
  4. get a lid from a pot or pan to cover the fire.

9. Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of:

  1. 3 feet around the stove.
  2. 1 foot around the stove.
  3. 2 feet around the stove.
  4. 1 foot to the right or left of the stove.

10. You should treat a burn with cool water for:

  1. 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. cool water isn't good for a burn.


  1. B - unattended cooking
  2. C - turn off the stove
  3. A - check it regularly, and stay in the home
  4. B - use the stove's back burners
  5. A - cleaned up to prevent a fire
  6. B - smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan
  7. C - use only microwave-safe containers or dishes to heat food
  8. B - keep the door closed
  9. A - 3 feet around the stove
  10. C - 3 to 5 minutes



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   October 17, 2011 


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Speakers Spread Message of Suicide Prevention, Awareness and Hope

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PPB Lieutenant and Public Information Officer Robert King addresses reporters.

Video courtesy of Portland Police Bureau

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Last week, Oregon Partnership, Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Police Bureau (PPB), and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference to draw attention to the community-wide epidemic of suicide in Portland and throughout Oregon. On hand were social workers, mental health professionals, first responders, and suicide survivors to help spread the message of prevention and awareness. 

Just in the last year, PF&R has responded to 55 calls of individuals attempting suicide by jumping off Portland’s bridges.  Also during that time, volunteers at Oregon Partnership’s Suicide Lifeline have fielded over 19,000 calls, providing immediate assistance and referring people to helping resources.

During the press conference, speakers discussed the leading cause of suicide – untreated depression and mental illness. 

PPB Lieutenant and Public Information Officer Robert King stressed the importance of suicide prevention resources, connecting the issue to his own career. Each year, 300 police officers commit suicide nationally.

Leslie Storm, the Crisis Clinical Director for Oregon Partnership, wants citizens to know that suicide is preventable. “The sigma, shame, secrecy and myths surrounding suicide unfortunately keep people from getting the help they need.” Storm went on to say, “It is a myth that people who are talking about killing themselves don’t go through with it. If you hear somebody talking about killing themselves, ask about it. Don't be afraid to ask.”

If you are suicidal or you think someone you know is, help is available. Start by learning the warning signs of suicide. Contact the Suicide Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) for free, confidential crisis intervention and referral.

Warning Signs of Suicide:

  • Ideation (thinking, talking or wishing about suicide)
  • Substance use or abuse (increased use or change in substance)
  • Purposelessness (no sense of purpose or belonging)
  • Anger
  • Trapped (feeling like there is no way out)
  • Hopelessness (there is nothing to live for, no hope or optimism)
  • Withdrawal (from family, friends, work, school, activities, hobbies)
  • Anxiety (restlessness, irritability, agitation)
  • Recklessness (high risk-taking behavior)
  • Mood disturbance (dramatic changes in mood)
  • Talking about suicide.
  • Looking for ways to die (internet searches for how to commit suicide, looking for guns, pills, etc.)
  • Statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness.
  • Preoccupation with death.
  • Suddenly happier, calmer.
  • Loss of interest in things one cares about.
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about.
  • Making arrangements; setting one's affairs in order.
  • Giving things away, such as prized possessions.


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   October 17, 2011 


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Public Invited to PF&R GO Bond Project Oversight Committee Meeting on October 18th

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3:00 PM. – 5:00 PM



Portland Fire & Rescue Administration

Skidmore Conference Room

55 SW Ash Street

Portland,OR 97204


I.      Welcome

II.     Approve August 10 Meeting Minutes

III.    Committee Business

IV.    Review Project Status Reports

V.     Financial Reports

VI.    Questions / Next Steps


A request for an interpreter or assisted listening device for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to (503) 823-5540. (TTY 503-823-6868)

For more information, please contact Paul Corah at (503) 823-3902 or


About the Portland Fire and Rescue GO Bond Project Oversight Committee

Portland Fire and Rescue will receive a total of $27.7M in General Obligation Bond proceeds, as authorized by Portland voters (Measure 26-117, November 2010 general election) to replace aging fire and emergency apparatus ($19.8M) and to construct a fire station near Willamette River ($7.9M). The Measure 26-117 ballot title requires that the City establish a five-member citizen oversight committee. This Independent Citizen Committee (ICC), as well as individual Project Oversight Committees is described in a December 20, 2010 memorandum from the City’s Chief Administrative Officer. Per this memorandum, the Portland Fire and Rescue GO Bond Project Oversight Committee will serve the City in both project advisory and oversight roles as follows:

  1. Provide reports to the City of Portland’s Independent Citizen Committee (these reports will serve as the basis for the Independent Citizen Committee to develop their reports to the Chief Administrative Officer and City Council);
  2. Provide oversight and guidance for the two Portland Fire and Rescue GO Bond funded projects: the replacement of apparatus and the construction of fire station;
  3. Provide feedback on project planning and implementation to the Fire Chief and
  4. Assist with communication to the Independent Citizen Committee and the City Council regarding the expenditures for the public safety General Obligation Bond Measure.


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   October 17, 2011 


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