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NEWS RELEASE 04/07/10: FLIR System Provided by Grant to Portland Fire & Rescue

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Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will accept a $7,000 dollar grant from Wells Fargo Insurance Services in conjunction with Firemans Fund Insurance. This is the latest in a long line of grants from Firemans Fund, and has been used to purchase a Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) system for one of PF&R's Rescue Boats.

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 media is invited to join PF&R Fire Chief John Klum and representatives from Wells Fargo Insurance Services and Firemans Fund Insurance for a live demonstration of FLIR system on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 2:00 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 $7,000 grant, PF&R will have received a total of $99,635 in grants from Fireman's Fund Insurance Company and their Heritage Program since November 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.

About Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.

Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is the fourth largest insurance brokerage firm in the world, according to Business Insurance magazine and the largest bank-affiliated insurance brokerage firm in the United States. They provide insurance brokerage and administrative services, as well as a range of financial and consulting services to customers. For more information, visit

About Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.

Fireman's Fund Insurance Company is a premier property and casualty insurance company providing personal and commercial insurance products nationwide.  It is rated ‘AA-' by Standard & Poor's Rating Services.  Fireman's Fund is a member of the Allianz Group, one of the world's largest providers of insurance and financial services.  For additional information, visit

Tips To Keep You Safe   

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds you to designate an assistant skipper when on a boat -- Make sure more than only one person on board is familiar with all aspects of your boat’s handling, operations, and other boating safety tips. If the primary navigator is injured or incapacitated in any way, it’s important to make sure someone else can follow the proper boating safety rules to get everyone else back to shore.

April 7, 2010

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Hartley Colpitts

April 7, 2010 at 9:37 AM

"Forward Looking Infared Radar (FLIR)" ?

That should have been worded "Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) imaging system."

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