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NEWS RELEASE 03/23/10: Fireman's Fund Provides Grant to Equip Rescue Boat with a FLIR System


Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will accept a $10,000 dollar grant from Propel Insurance of Oregon in conjunction with Firemans Fund Insurance. The latest in a long line of grants from Firemans Fund has been used to purchase a Forward Looking Infared Radar (FLIR) system for one of PF&R's Rescue Boats. The remainder was used to purchase computers for training firefighters in tactics and strategies for fighting fires.

This FLIR system will greatly enhance the capabilities of the rescue boats and allow firefighters to "see in the dark" allowing for quicker rescues at night or in stormy weather on Portland's waterways.

The five laptop computers with portable screens and projectors, will make delivering training to firefighters in their stations more efficient and will allow battalion chiefs and company officers to "practice" fighting fires in buildings.


The media is invited to join PF&R Division Chief John Nohr and representatives from Propel Insurance of Oregon and Firemans Fund Insurance  to a live demonstration of FLIR system and the Tactical Training Computers on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm at PF&R Fire Station 21 located at 05 SE Madison Portland, Oregon.  A ride-along on PF&R's Rescue Boat will wrap up this event. 


With this $10,000 grant Portland Fire & Rescue has received a total of $92,635 in grants from Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and their Heritage Program since November of 2006. The program has awarded more than $25 million in grants to over 1,500 fire departments/fire service organizations through the Heritage Program and more than $330,000 in grants have been awarded in the state of Oregon.

March 23, 2010