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Portland Fire holds 9-11 Ceremony

On September 11th, 2012, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R)
held a small ceremony in remembrance of the 2,977 victims who
tragically lost their lives due to the evil acts of organized
terrorists.  Of the 2,977 people who died, 343 of those were with the Fire
Department of  New York (FDNY).

The ceremony was held at the Campbell Memorial, at 9:00 AM, with
Station 3 (Northwest/Pearl District), the Honor Guard, PIO, and
on-duty chief officers in attendance.  The Campbell Memorial is
located at the intersection of SW 18th and W. Burnside. The Memorial 

is named for Portland Fire Chief David Campbell, who lost his life in the line of duty in 1911.

Speakers included Fire Chief Erin Janssens, Lt. Damon Simmons, and Lt. Aimee Rooney.  In addition, Portland Fire personnel read the name of each fire fighter from FDNY who perished on that day. The bell was rung in remembrance of the lives that were lost on 9-11.

In addition, PF&R hosted a "Day of Silent Reflection" at the Historic Belmont Firehouse from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  The Firehouse is located at 900 SE 35th Ave. (corner of SE 35th and Belmont) where the community was invited to come and see the slideshow and 9-11 bronze sculpture.

NEWS RELEASE 09/17/12: Portland Fire rescues a kitten from a sewage pipe

911 operators dispatched Station 2 (Parkrose) to an animal rescue at 7:35 pm near 118Th and N.E. Sandy Blvd. Homeowners could hear a kitten trapped and calling for help in the walls of the basement. Squad 1 (Downtown) was called in to assist. Upon arrival, fire crews could see that this would be no easy task. There are a series of drainage pipes that run about 4 feet down and the kitten could be in any one of them. After digging , fire crews utilized their search cameras to see if they could locate the kitten... to no avail.


A local plumbing company was called and with the help of their snake camera the kitten was finally located. It was struggling to maneuver in the 4" pipe and was still 20 feet down the line. Firefighters didn't give up. Truck 2 introduced air on the opposite end of the pipe which in turn caused the kitten to work it's way back toward the opening. It was a slow and methodical process, but 6 hours later the kitten was rescued.

Firefighter Scott Pearson was the first one to retrieve the kitten (nicknamed "Champ" by firefighters on scene). "It was scared and hungry", said Pearson, "but I'm sure that it was glad to be out of that dark, damp hole."

Champ was taken to a local fire station where it will be taken care of for the night.

Total Response: 1 Truck, 1 Engine, 1 Squad, 1 Chief

NEWS RELEASE 09/17/12: Portland Fire & Rescue responds to an evening residential fire in SE Portland.

At 5:52 PM, Portland Fire was dispatched to a residential fire at 3316 SE 131st Ave.  Initial reports were that smoke and fire were visible, coming from the roof.  Truck 7 and Engine 7 (Mill Park) were among the first units to arrive and confirmed that heavy brown smoke was coming out under pressure from the eaves and on the second floor.

Once it was verified that the tenants had all made it out safely, the engine crew advanced a hose line into the home, but reported difficulty accessing the 2nd floor because the stairwell was only approximately 20 inches wide.  The truck crew cut ventilation holes in the roof, allowing the smoke to exit, which also gave the engine crew access to the fire location.

There were no injuries as a result of this fire.  The Red Cross will be assisting the 7 residents and their pets with housing.  

At the time of this release, Investigators were at the scene.  The cause is under investigation and there is no damage estimate at this time.  

Fire response consisted of:
4 Engines
1 Truck
2 Chiefs
1 Rehab Unit
1 Investigator

Portland Fire & Rescue recognizes the invaluable service that the Oregon Red Cross provides the community during emergencies and disasters.  Red Cross disaster services focus on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to address basic human needs.

Pictures by Fire photographer, Dick Harris

NEWS RELEASE 09/18/12: Portland Fire responds to a brush fire on Powell Butte

At 3:30 PM, Portland Fire and Gresham Fire were dispatched to a report of grass on fire on the north side of Powell Butte.  Upon arriving, fire crews noted that there were two separate fires burning in the park.  The first fire was approximately 50' x 75'and three employees of a contracted construction company had already been putting water on the fire, helping to contain it.  

"The second fire was up the road and then 300' up the hillside," said Battalion Chief Craig Funk of Portland Fire.  "We had to use Brush Unit 29 (Powellhurst) to get to the fire and then replenish the Brush Unit's water supply off of the fire engines."  

The two fires were declared under control at 4:20 PM.  At the time of this press release, crews remain at the scene, ensuring that the hot spots are out.  The cause of the fires is under investigation.

Fire response consisted of:
3 Engines
1 Brush Unit
3 Chief Officers
1 Investigator

Because of the difficulty in accessing brush or wildland fires, Portland Fires & Rescue has four Brush Units, strategically placed around the city near the wildland interface areas.  A Brush Unit is a 4-wheel drive pickup truck with a modified bed.  The Brush Units are able to access terrain and go into places that aren't possible for a fire engine to reach.  They carry specialized wildland firefighting equipment and are equipped with a 250-gallon water tank and pump. 


Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at 9:32 pm (99th and E. Burnside) and arrived to a fully involved shed that was spreading to a commercial building next door. The Chief quickly called for a 2nd Alarm (more resources) so they could contain the fire and protect the business (Printing Today , 9943 E. Burnside). Workers were evacuated while fire crews extinguished both fires and checked the roof to make sure that the business was safe to re-enter.

Fire Investigators are on scene to determine a cause and assess a damage estimate. No one was injured during the incident.

Total response: 8 fire engines, 2 trucks, 1 Squad, 6 chiefs, 1 rehab unit, 2 fire investigators

Photos courtesy of Dick Harris