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Station 19 helps educate children about safety during the annual Safety Day Community BBQ at Mt. Tabor

On Wednesday, August 29th, Station 19 (Mt.Tabor) took the fire engine and rescue to Marquis Care at Mt.Tabor.  Their assignment was to educate children about personal safety, the fire service and Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R).  The children were able to go into the fire engine, as well as look at all the tools that get used to help the public in a variety of emergencies.  The Station 19 crew was also able to answer many questions and pass on valuable safety tips dealing with fire safety and proper usages of 9-1-1.

After the children were done looking at the fire engine, rescue, and police car, they went inside to move through a number of stations designed with the purpose of educating them on personal safety.  The children learned the importance of having an identification card and were each issued one.There were stations about: bicycle safety, poisons in the home, outdoor water safety, and proper hand washing.  Once all of the stations were checked off, the kids got to have some fun in the bouncy house and then enjoy some barbecued burgers and hot dogs for lunch.

The surprise of the day came when the members of Station 19 got to meet Pat Crabtree, the widow of retired Portland Firefighter Bill Johnston.  Bill was hired to PF&R in 1951 and worked out of Station 19 for the next 20 years, until he retired in 1971.  It was a pleasure for the firefighters to talk with Bill’s family and hear some stories from the glory days of Station 19. It was the perfect way to cap off a day working with children eager to learn and doing positive work in the community.

NEW RELEASE 09/01/12: Portland Fire & Rescue dispatched to a vacant residential fire

Portland Fire crews were dispatched to 701 SE 111th Ave. at 9:28 pm, where a house was reported to be on fire. The vacant house was completely ablaze when Station 7 (Mill Park) arrived, so firefighters fought the blaze from a defensive position (from the outside). Station 19 (Mt. Tabor), Station 11 (Lents), and Station 30 (Gateway) arrived shortly thereafter to assist with securing a water supply and protecting the neighboring homes and trees.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and fire crews are still on scene. A damage assessment will be updated when it is made available.

Total Response: 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Chiefs, 1 Ambulance

Photos courtesy of Dick Harris (PF&R)

NEWS RELEASE 09/02/12: Portland Fire & Rescue battles a 5-Alarm blaze.

At 2:53 this morning, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a commercial fire at 1401 N Hayden Island Drive.  Engine 17 (Hayden Island) arrived to find that heavy fire had already vented through the roof.  The fire grew to 5 alarms by 4:23 AM.

This building has been vacant and secure for a number of years, but has been used for storage, which created a heavy fire load.  The main complex includes 5 additional structures, all connected by corridors.

Because of the size of the structure, heavy fire load, and vacant and secure status of the property, crews immediately began their fire attack using large volumes of water delivered through master streams. Master streams are the large diameter nozzles carried on top of the fire engines or on top of the ladders.  They are capable of putting out a tremendous volume of water. In addition to the land response, fire boats attacked the fire from the river.

The fire response included:
20 fire engines,
5 fire trucks,
1 squad,
3 fire boats
1 mobile command unit,
1 rehab unit,
1 air unit,
7 Chief officers, including Fire Chief Erin Janssens,
39 fire apparatus total

The fire was declared under control at 7:02 AM.

While requiring extensive resources, we have called back firefighters to staff reserve apparatus, and also utilized our mutual aid partners to continue to provide coverage across the city.  It's important to contain the fire from spreading to additional properties and also reduce fire spread through airborne embers. 

Contact:  Michael Silva, PIO

Portland Media Pager: 503-940-6003

Pictures by Fire Photographers, Greg Muhr and Dick Harris


Posted: September 5th, 2012 2:58 PM

Portland Fire & Rescue, together with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that a tip and information line has been established for the fire at 1401 N. Hayden Island Drive. If anybody has any tips, information, videos or photographs of the fire, they are urged to call 1-800-800-3855. Select Option 2 at the first voice prompt, then Option 3 at the second prompt. An agent will then be available to talk to you. Please reference the Portland Thunderbird Fire. You may remain anonymous, but your information is needed for follow-up contact.

"It is important in large scale fire investigations to enlist the public's help in providing possible leads," said ATF National Response Team (NRT) leader, Christopher Porreca. "Fire scenes are extremely complex and even the smallest bit of information could be crucial in identifying and assisting in the determination of the cause of the fire."

NEWS RELEASE 09/06/12: Portland Fire responds to a Natural Gas Emergency--Road closed

Portland Fire & Rescue has responded to a Natural Gas emergency where a gas line was accidentally severed by a utility crew.  NE Glisan is closed from NE 149th Ave. to NE 153rd Ave.  Homes in the area are being evacuated as a precautionary measure.  The closure will remain in effect until the line has been shut down and the scene secured.