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NEWS RELEASE 06/16/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Residential Structure Fire at 6244 SW 41st Avenue

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June 16, 2012

2:19 PM

Fire companies worked through increasing midday heat to extinguish a room and contents fire early this afternoon. Engine Company 5 (Hillsdale) arrived first on scene and reported the one-story home as "fully charged" with smoke. Firefighters forced entry into the front door and advanced with a hose line to the seat of the fire in the first floor front bedroom. Additional crews searched the home and confirmed that no persons or animals were present. A secondary search was performed and again no person or animal was found. Neighbors reported to firefighters that the residents of the home are away from town, still, a through primary and secondary search of the home was performed to ensure no life was threatened.

Fire did not extend into the attic or the basement of the structure. No adjacent structures were involved.  Once the fire was extinguished, crews began ventilation of the home, removing smoke and introducing fresh air into the structure.  A fire investigator was called to the scene and is working to determine the cause of the fire and resulting damage. No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported as a result of this fire.

Quick Facts:

Alarm Dispatched: 12:19 pm

Companies Arrived: 12:24 pm

Fire Recalled: 12:38 pm

Portland Firefighters Raise $2,100 for Cancer Research at Leukemia/Lymphoma Gala

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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Gala of Hope was held Thursday, June 14th at the Oregon Convention Center.  Various organizations, including Portland Fire & Rescue, donated top notch items for a live and silent auction.  The event capped off a 10-week fundraising effort for cancer research.

Portland Fire & Rescue donated a Mexican-style dinner for 12 prepared by one of our best firefighter cooks. It will be held at the Historic Belmont Firehouse and includes a tour of the fire museum. Lieutenant Rich Tyler and Fire Inspector Ron Rouse were on hand to encourage bids on the item offered by Portland Fire.  When all was said and done, the item raised $2,100 - a new PF&R record and all for a great cause.  Approximately 600 people attended the fundraising gala.

Although someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer every four minutes, there is a great hope for the future.  LLS is the world's largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improving the quality of life of patients and families.  LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

NEWS RELEASE 06/18/12: Good Samaritan's Quick Actions Save Two Lives in Fiery Car Accident on NW Burnside

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June 18, 2012

3:59 PM

At 2:13 am on Sunday, June 17th, 911 dispatchers received several calls regarding a rollover accident on NW Burnside and NW Uptown Terrace. According to witness reports, a vehicle spun out of control, landed on its side, and caught fire.

A nearby resident heard the crash and went to see if he could help. Witnesses say that he called 911 first and then approached the vehicle. He found two victims unconscious and trapped inside the heavily damaged vehicle. A female was in the passenger seat and a male behind the wheel, both wearing their seat belts. He unbuckled the woman's seat belt and carried her away from the vehicle to safety. She regained consciousness and he assured her that help was on the way.

He then returned to the vehicle to help the driver. By this time flames were inside the vehicle and beginning to burn the trapped man's feet. He regained consciousness and was able to climb from the vehicle. The driver was then led over to where the female passenger was and the Good Samaritan began treating them both. The vehicle was fully engulfed by flames at this point.

When Portland Firefighters arrived on scene they began extinguishing the blaze and firefighter/paramedics assessed the patients. Both were transported to the hospital.  Portland Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Don Russ said, "Without this citizen's heroic action both individuals would likely have died before help arrived. The condition that we found the vehicle in was not survivable."

Portland Fire & Rescue Partners with Life Flight on Operational Drill

On Friday, June 15th, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Engine 31 (Rockwood) organized a multi-company drill with PF&R Engine and Truck 7 (Mill Park), Chief 3, Chief 103, Gresham Engine 74, and regional partner Life Flight.  The drill covered everything from how to activate Life Flight, communicate with the flight crew, establishing a landing zone, patient loading, and the many safety issues involved with overall operations when Life Flight is on scene.


The Captain at Station 31 felt that although the utilization of Life Flight might not be as frequent as other resources we use in the City of Portland, it is an important resource that needs to be fresh in the minds of crews.  The Fire Management Area that Station 31 and the other fire stations involved in the drill respond in, have a higher percentage of trauma entries into the Emergency Medical System. 

Before the drill began a refresher was given to all crews on general information about Life Flight, and their standard operating procedures.  After the review, a helicopter from Life Flight landed at Alder Elementary School where the crews involved had to set up a landing zone.  Once the helicopter landed, the fire crews practiced doing a “hot” load of a patient, meaning that the rotor blades and the helicopter itself stay on while the patient is loaded into the helicopter.  Many safety concerns were discussed such as not approaching the helicopter alone, waiting until ordered by the pilot, and always keeping within the 180 degree view of the pilot at all times.  Even extreme situations were touched on like what to do if the helicopter were to crash and the best way for the fire department to react in that situation with the available resources on scene.

Overall, Captain Eric related that, “This was an excellent drill for everyone involved, and even though this might be a low frequency of occurrence for responders, there is a high risk for everyone involved.  Partnership and education will only make us better."   

Portland Fire & Rescue Promotions at Portland City Hall

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The following promotions took place in Council Chambers at Portland City Hall today at 1:00 pm.  Congratulations to the following PF&R staff who were sworn into their new positions!!

Merrill Gonterman to: Assistant Fire Marshal (Deputy)

Doug Jones to: Assistant Fire Marshal (Deputy)

Nathan Takara to: Deputy Chief Special Operations

James Klum to: Battalion Chief

Joseph Renhard to: Captain

Jerry Bartolome to: Captain

Michael McGowan to: Lieutenant

Joshua Greeson to: Lieutenant

John Hull to: Lieutenant