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NEWS RELEASE 06/21/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responding to Multiple Vehicle Traffic Accident at I-84 WB/I-205 SB

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June 21, 2012

3:54 PM

At 3:22 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to reports of a traffic accident involving multiple cars and a semi-truck. Reports indicate that one car has rolled over. Police have shut down I-84 westbound at NE 181st Avenue.

Firefighters are using bags of absorbent to collect coolant leaking from the vehicles. There are no reported injuries at this time. Firefighters are currently working to secure the scene. There is no estimate as to when the freeway will re-open.

NEWS RELEASE 06/21/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Hosts 4th Annual Metro Fire Camp for Young Women

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June 21, 2012

4:00 PM

Portland Fire & Rescue is holding its 4th annual Metro Fire Camp for young women June 22nd through June 24th. The camp will be held at Portland Fire's training grounds at 4800 N. E. 122nd. Press is invited to attend the camp on Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.

Fire Camp is designed to show young women, ages 16 to 19 years old, what a career in firefighting is like. The campers are issued a set of turnouts and run through exercise drills that demonstrate the skills needed at an emergency scene. Some of the skills that will be practiced include: forcible entry, vehicle extrication, fire attack hose line techniques, and many more. Classroom activities include: nutrition, interview skills, emergency medical services, and a tour of Portland Fire Station 2 (Parkrose).

There is no cost for the campers to attend the weekend camp and they will go home with a t-shirt, water bottle, and a bag with some donations from local businesses such as Title 9, Lu Lu Lemon, Evelyn's Bakery, and Costco. The metro area partners that contributed funding for the camp are PF&R Local 43, Portland Fire Chiefs Association, Clackamas Fire District #1, Gresham Fire, and many more fire agencies around the state that allow their female firefighters to come work as camp counselors.

Portland Fire & Rescue at Fireworks Media Day

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The 4th of July is a time of excitement and fun as we celebrate our nation’s independence.  As you plan your celebration for the Fourth, PF&R urges citizens to think about the consequences of using illegal fireworks.  Instead, use legal fireworks or leave the big fireworks to the professionals and consider visiting one of the many professional fireworks displays in the area.  

Today, Fireworks Media Day was sponsored by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and held at Clackamas Fire's training facility.  Fire agencies, law enforcement, medical facilities, and animal groups all attended to promote safe and legal ways to enjoy the 4th of July.  PF&R Sr. Inspector Michael Silva spoke at the press conference about this year's partnership between Portland Police and Portland Fire to increase enforcement and write citations to those caught using illegal fireworks. 

Both Police Chief Mike Reese and Fire Chief Erin Janssens have joined forces to increase awareness, education, and enforcement during the upcoming holiday in an effort to keep the community safe from the consequences of illegal fireworks. These include economic loss, injuries, stress and anxiety to war veterans, pets, and children, and pollution.  New this year, all Portland Police Officers are deputized to write fire code citiations to those caught in possession of illegal fireworks; citations can cost up to $1,000.

During a demonstration, sponsors explained that Oregon's fireworks law that prohibits fireworks that travel more six feet on the ground or 12 inches in the air, and showed some legal works that families can buy at retail stands around Oregon. The demonstration further emphasized the importance of making sure that fireworks are completely extinguished after use by placing them in a bucket of water to prevent any flare-ups. 

Concluding the press conference, Multnomah County Animal Shelter's Chuck Poetz, stated in an interview with KOIN TV that up to 25% more lost pets end up in area shelters during the time around the Fourth of July.  Remember to keep your pets safely inside during the Fourth of July since the explosion of fireworks can be terrifying to them and cause many to run away and become lost.

 

2nd Annual TIP Cruise In and Cook Out

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It was a sunny day in Portland on June 16th as many came together to celebrate the 2nd annual TIP Cruise In and Cook Out. The event was held at Portland Fire's Training Center at 4800 N.E 122nd Avenue.  The food was provided by Portland firefighters who cooked a delicious lunch for the event.

 

This event also came with some competition. Participants were able to enter their car, truck, bike, or even their fire rig at the cruise-in. Every participant received a goody bag and trophies were handed out to the winning entries.

 

 

This event wasn’t just about food, fun, and showing off cars. It was also about raising money for the TIP (Trauma Intervention Program) Program.  The cruise-in is one of several fundraisers for the program every year.  The money raised goes towards supporting TIP, which trains volunteers to respond to traumatic events and help those in need cope with the event.

NEWS RELEASE 06/23/12: Portland & Gresham Fire Respond to 2-Alarm Apartment Fire at 17031 SE Powell Blvd.

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June 23, 2012

3:00 am

At 12:24 am, Portland and Gresham Fire crews were jointly dispatched to reports of an apartment on fire at 17031 SE Powell Blvd. - the Meadow Park East Apartments.

Upon arrival, firefighters found multiple people waiting outside the apartment building. They were immediately concerned about whether there were occupants trapped inside. An upper story apartment was fully involved in fire, and threatening to spread to five other units. Ladder truck crews climbed to the roof and began ventilating the smoke and flames, while engine crews attacked the fire with hose lines. After searching the apartments, fire crews determined that everyone escaped safely.

 
The Incident Commander called for a 2nd alarm response at 12:33 am, due to concerns that if the fire could not be stopped in the attic, it would spread to and destroy other units. The power company was called to shut of the power as electrical lines in the ceiling began arcing and endangering firefighting efforts.


The fire was brought under control around 12:55 am. One apartment unit is a complete loss and another has significant water damage, however the other four units were saved. A fire investigator has been called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. There are no damage estimates at this time.