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Two Steps to Staying Alive with Hands-Only CPR

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Hands-Only™ CPR Can Save Lives

Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don't be afraid. Your actions can only help.

How to Give Hands-Only CPR

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:
  1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive." CPR can more than double a person's chances of survival, and "Stayin' Alive" has the right beat for Hands-Only CPR.

Learn More 

Take 60 seconds and hustle to learn how you can help save a life. Find a CPR class that’s right for you, click here.

NEWS RELEASE 06/06/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Encourages Citizens to Go For a Walk & Save a Life

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June 6, 2012

2:09 PM

On June 7th between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm, Portland firefighters will be teaching hands-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for free to anyone who walks by Fire Station 1 (Old Town). Station 1 is located at 55 SW Ash Street, just off of Naito Parkway. This week is National CPR week. In conjunction with the American Heart Association, Portland firefighters are lending a hand to help teach hands only CPR which only takes 60 seconds to teach.


Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death. Nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests

occur annually in the United States.

  • When a teen or adult has a sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.
  • Sadly, 89 percent of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene.
  • Most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don't know how to administer CPR or they're afraid of hurting the victim.


If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.

  • 80 percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings.
  • Unfortunately, only 41 percent of people who experience a cardiac arrest at home, work or in public get the immediate help that they need before emergency help arrives.
  • Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public. It can double or even triple a victim's chance of survival.

For more information about Handsfree CPR click here and learn how you can help save a life.

NEWS RELEASE 06/07/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to House Fire in NE Portland and Rescue Elderly Woman

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June 8, 2012

10:01 AM

Portland fire investigators have determined that last night’s house fire at 2402 N.E. 27th was caused by faulty wiring in the upstairs walls. Damage to the $600,000 home is estimated at $80,000. 

As of this morning, the 89-year old woman rescued from the fire is still listed in critical condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital.

Each year, electrical fires in homes claim the lives of 280 Americans and injure 1,000 more. Some are caused by electrical system failures such as last nights fire, but many more are caused by incorrectly installed wiring and overloaded circuits and extension cords.

Portland Fire & Rescue encourages citizens to review the below safety precautions that can help to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from electrical fires:

  • Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • Replace any electrical tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out, or gives off smoke or sparks.
  • Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special care to electrical appliances in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Buy electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory.
  • Keep clothes, curtains, and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Don't allow children to play with or around electrical appliances like space heaters, irons, and hair dryers.
  • Use safety closures to "child-proof" electrical outlets.
  • Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.




June 7, 2012

11:00 PM

At 7:30 pm Portland firefighters responded to a reported house fire located at 2402 N.E. 27th.  When firefighters from Station 13 (Lloyd Center) arrived they found a man on the front porch yelling out loud that his mother was inside the house and could not get out.  Firefighters went into rescue mode and quickly moved firefighters to the second floor to search for the mother.  It took less than a minute for firefighters to find the woman in the hallway.  The firefighters faced high level of heat while advancing up the stairway, they could hear the fire above them in the attic and they knew they had not much time to make the rescue.

Portland Fire medics rendered first aid to the 89 year old woman; they quickly helped transport her to Emanuel Hospital where she is listed in critical condition.  Her stepson who was waiting on the front porch when firefighters arrived was transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

The fire which caused extensive damage on the second floor and attic was brought under control with in 20 minutes after firefighters arrived.  No other injuries were reported on scene and at this time no estimates on damage and the cause is under investigation.

PF&R's Website is Getting a New Look


The new website will now go live on Tuesday, June 12th.  Thanks for your patience!



The bureau’s much-anticipated new website is scheduled to go live on Monday, June 11th.

On Monday, the current site will have “disappeared,” and the site will have a new look and feel. The structure and content will remain the same. The old website address will function as usual, but will be redirected to the new site. There will be an easy way for all users to comment on the site and report any potential glitches. Just look for the orange "beta" button on the home page to make comments and provide feedback.  If you have any immediate issues with the new site, please contact Alisa Cour at 503-823-3383.

NEWS RELEASE 06/09/12: Quick Response Saves Home

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June 9, 2012

8:53 PM

Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a residential fire (9046 NE Sandy Blvd.)at 5pm this evening. There were reports of black smoke coming from the rear of the house, which usually signifies to responders that the fire is growing rapidly. Fire crews from Station 12 (Sumner) and Station 28 (Rose City) responded in minutes (Station 12 arrived in 2 minutes) and quickly formulated a plan of attack. "The house was very hot and the smoke was starting to bank down when we entered the structure," said Wendi Colmone, a 12 year veteran. Their quick response kept the fire contained to the back bedroom and limited the amount of damage.

The resident was treated for smoke related injuries by Portland Fire paramedics and transported to Emanuel hospital.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation and damages were estimated at $5,000.

Portland Fire & Rescue wants to remind all that your first priority in the event of a fire is getting out safely:

1. Feel door handles, if they are warm do not open them. Find another way out.

2. Close doors behind you, this will help contain the fire.

3. Stay low when there is smoke, where the air is cleaner and cooler.

4. Call 911 from outside....once outside, stay outside!

5. If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop and roll.

6. Quickly cool any burns with water and seek medical attention.