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Fire Blog Turns One Month Old

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Today marks the one-month anniversary of the Fire Blog!

Since its launch on October 19, 2009, the Fire Blog has received over 4,500 hits. Our most popular blog so far? The dive team video.  Click here to view the dive team video and blog. Thank you to all of our readers for making the Fire Blog’s first month a success!!

 

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November 19, 2009

NEWS RELEASE 11/18/09: One Alarm Commercial Fire on SE Foster Road at Plumbing Supply Store

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Photos courtesy of Dick Harris, Portland Fire & Rescue

This morning at about 4:30 am, Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters responded to the report of smoke coming from a building on SE Foster Road. Engine and Truck 25 arrived two minutes later and reported smoke coming from the back side of the building. The fire had worked its way into the concealed spaces in the walls and between the ceiling and roof, making it difficult for firefighters to put it out. After about 40 minutes of cutting holes in the roof and pulling sheetrock on the inside of the building, firefighters were able to extinguish all the hot spots.

Firefighters have confirmed that no one was in the building and no injuries were reported.

QUICK INFORMATION

Crews dispatched:  4:28 am

Crews on scene:  4:30 am

Fire controlled:  5:15 am

Recall:  5:28 am

Firefighters were called to fight the one alarm fire: 35

Engine companies: 5

Truck companies: 3

Heavy Squad: 1

Chief Officers: 3

CLOSURERS

SE Foster Road was closed between 50th and 52nd for 2 ½ hours and was reopened at 7:00 am just in time for most of the morning commuters.

CAUSE OF FIRE

Fire investigators from Portland Fire & Rescue are on scene and are working to determine cause of the fire.

November 18, 2009

PF&R Kicks Off the FY 2010-15 Strategic Planning Process

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On November 10, 2009, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) held its first Steering Committee meeting for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-15 Strategic Planning Process.  Once complete, the Strategic Plan will provide PF&R with a roadmap that will guide the organization’s success over the next five years. 

PF&R’s Strategic Plan is important to the bureau’s leadership, employees, and the public because it identifies long-term goals and the best approach to achieving them. The Steering Committee, comprised of bureau staff, stakeholders, and citizens, will be overseeing the strategic planning process during the next eight months as the plan is developed. Along the way, PF&R will be soliciting input from the public, employees, stakeholders, and various agencies that use PF&R's services to ensure that long-term goals are developed with consideration for the community’s needs and priorities.

Information on the FY 2010-15 Strategic Planning process will be made available through a variety of methods. Stay tuned to the PF&R website, Fire Blog, and PDXFire Twitter page for future updates and information on the FY 2010-15 Strategic Plan.

To review PF&R's current FY 2005-10 Strategic Plan, click here.

November 17, 2009

And the Survey Says?

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The Office of the City Auditor released the results of the 2009 City of Portland Resident Survey.  The annual survey, mailed to 9,000 randomly selected Portland residents, provides a snapshot of how well the City of Portland is doing on a wide range of services. 

For the third year in a row, resident opinions of Portland Fire & Rescue remained high with 91% of those surveyed ranking PF&R’s services as good or very good – the highest rating of any City bureau.  The 755 members of Portland Fire & Rescue consider it a privilege to protect life and property in the City of Portland and appreciate receiving this feedback from customers on our services. 

Click here to access a direct link to the report.

November 17, 2009

SafetyTIPS: How to Survive a Fire in a Crowded Place

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How to Survive a Fire in a Crowded Place

If you're planning to attend a celebration during this holiday season, will you be able to get out safely should a fire unexpectedly erupt while you're busy celebrating?  It’s important to give thought to the possibility that trying to get out of a crowded place in an emergency could instantly become a matter of life and death.

If you haven't, now is the time to be prepared for that kind of emergency:

  1. As soon as you get to your designated place, familiarize yourself with where all of the exits are. Don't just glance in the direction of the exits. Actually walk the path to at least one of those exits from where you will be standing or sitting. Remember, the power will likely go out from the fire. The possibility of becoming disoriented in the dark or from smoke inhalation is extremely high. It's crucial that you know in which direction to hurry to as soon as a fire erupts.
  2. Wear non-flowing clothing and practical shoes. Keep any laces tied to prevent tripping.
  3. Don’t stop to collect your possessions (e.g., purse, clothing, shoes).  Leave them behind and get out!  Prevent getting knocked down at all costs.
  4. Should a stampede situation develop as celebration-goers surge for the nearest exit, turn in the direction of an alternate exit, such as the back door or a window you can throw a chair through if necessary to make your escape.
  5. Take care when negotiating staircases, ramps and elevated flooring. The force of a moving crowd can become impossible to manage, causing you to trip, fall, and possibly be trampled.

For further tips to keep you safe in a crowded area, click here.

 

November 16, 2009