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NEWS RELEASE 03/02/12: Burn to Learn Training at NE Portland Residential Home to Provide Firefighters Hands-On Experience

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March 2, 2012

3:08 PM

 

On Saturday, March 3rd, Thursday, March 8th, and Saturday, March 10th, 2012, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will be conducting a training house burn at 236 NE 102nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon. The Burn to Learn training will provide valuable live-fire training in an actual residential structure for newly hired Firefighter Recruits and career firefighters already serving on the line.

The Burn to Learn will begin each day around 9:00 a.m. when PF&R training officers will set small fires in the house. The training officers will accompany firefighter recruits inside to extinguish the fires. The process will be supervised by experienced, career firefighters and will follow strict safety guidelines. Once the training drills for the Firefighter Recruits are completed, the house will be allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner.

Portland firefighters from Truck 2 (Parkrose) will also be at the burn, practicing roof ventilation tactics.

This training will provide Firefighter Recruits with an opportunity to practice advanced firefighting techniques in a live fire setting.

Portland Fire & Rescue conducts these types of training burns several times a year. Training Staff Fire Lieutenant Jim Sestric notes, "Burn to Learn training exercises are especially valuable for PF&R's newest firefighters by allowing them to observe fire behavior and smoke conditions in a burning structure." Lieutenant Sestric added, "Firefighters are able to learn the limits of their equipment and practice tactics in a controlled environment."

For questions or to learn more about Portland Fire's Burn to Learn training, contact Training Staff Fire Lieutenant Jim Sestric at (503) 823-3848.  

Visit PF&R's website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire.

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  March 2, 2012

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NEWS RELEASE 03/02/12: Portland Firefighters Respond to Apartment Fire at 904 NW 21st Avenue

March 2, 2012

4:21 PM

 

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At 3:15 pm, firefighters from Station 3 (Northwest/Pearl District) were dispatched to an apartment fire at the Rex Manor Apartments located at 904 NW 21st Avenue.

First-arriving crews were met by a tenant from the apartment building who had heard fire alarms sounding and evacuated her second-story unit. The tenant relayed to firefighters that there was heavy smoke coming from one of the apartments on the second floor.

Firefighters immediately began knocking on doors and securing a water supply to contain the fire and keep it from spreading.  

The fire was located in apartment number 203.  Firefighters forced the door to enter the apartment and were met by moderate heat and smoke.

Firefighters worked for nearly a half hour to contain the fire and extinguish hot spots. The only apartment that was affected with minor water damage was the apartment below.  

Fire investigators were called to examine the scene and determine the cause of the fire and damage estimates.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds citizens that fire drills are important for all homes, including apartment buildings and other high-rise structures. Battalion Chief Don Russ notes, “You need to know the basics of escape planning, from identifying two ways out of every room to getting low and going under smoke, and the importance of practicing how you would respond in an emergency.”

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  March 2, 2012

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NEWS RELEASE 03/02/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a Commercial Fire at 8030 NE Glisan

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March 2, 2012

11:36 PM

At 10:09 pm, a caller to 9-1-1 reported hearing small explosions and seeing fire coming from the ASE Auto Shop located at 8030 NE Glisan. When firefighters from Engine 19 (Mt. Tabor) arrived shortly afterwards, they found the building fully involved in fire.

No one was at the business at the time of the fire, but firefighters reported heavy damage to the building and there were several cars inside the shop. The building owner was notified quickly after the fire. The shop has been in business for approximately six years.

Firefighters brought the fire under control at 10:40 pm. Fire Investigators are on scene to determine the cause of the fire and estimate damages.

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March 2, 2012

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NEWS RELEASE 03/03/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Rollover Accidents with 2 Victims Trapped

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March 3, 2012

3:18 PM

At 6:31 this morning, Engine 11, Truck 25 and Rescue 11 were dispatched to reports of a traffic accident involving a car that had rolled over at the intersection of SE 92nd Ave and SE Division Street.

Lents Engine 11 assumed command upon arrival, and immediately assessed that the passengers in the vehicle, which was laying on its drivers side, were unable to self-extricate. Due to the position of the car, the occupant closest to the window was unable to un-click his seatbelt. Had he done so he would have fallen onto the driver, potentially causing further injury to both of them.

Woodstock Truck 25 arrived shortly after and quickly formulated a plan to extract the patients from the vehicle. Trucks differ rom Engines in that they do not carry water or have a pump. Like giant rolling hardware stores, Trucks carry specialized power tools like gasoline and electric powered saws and the Holmatro Tool, a hydraulic extrication tool similar to the "Jaws of Life". Truck companies are absolutely essential on a vehicle accident like this for the added equipment and personnel.

After stabilizing the vehicle using blocks carried on trucks, the Truck 25 crew began cutting the doors, roof and windshield off. This task was done methodically, to avoid making the vehicle unstable and further injuring the occupants and firefighters. Engine 11 and Rescue 11 prepared to provide medical care and staffed (2) charged hose lines to protect those on scene in the event of a fire during operations.

The driver was removed from the vehicle first, followed by the passenger and were evaluated on scene by Engine 11 and Rescue 11's crew. Both occupants were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Extrication of both patients took a total of 18 minutes.

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March 3, 2012

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NEWS RELEASE 03/04/12: Suspect in Custody in Connection with (8) Overnight Dumpster Fires

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UPDATE

March 4, 2012 

8:30 PM

Portland Fire Arson Investigators released the name of the suspect in the dumpster fires.
Robert Harland Jr. of Portland was booked into MCDC today on 1 count of Arson II and 8 counts of reckless burning.

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March 4, 2012

11:05 AM

Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Investigators have taken an individual into custody after a string of overnight trash receptacle fires that occurred last night in Old Town and Downtown Portland.

The incidents are still under investigation and no names are being released at this time.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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 March 4, 2012

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