On April 7th, Portland Fire & Rescue accepted a grant in the amount of $321,221 from the Department of Homeland Security related to the City’s Metropolitan Medical Response System. This grant will enable Portland Fire and its regional partners to continue working on a regional plan to reduce the consequences of a mass casualty incident during the initial period of a response by having operational systems in place before the incident occurs.
Since 2004, the City of Portland has been awarded $2,040,509 in supplemental MMRS grant funds. The MMRS program has grown to include 124 cities, with the emphasis on emergency triage and treatment of patients during the critical first response phase of an incident. In combination with other grants, the MMRS grant has enabled our first responders to purchase equipment necessary to respond, complete emergency triage, and treat patients in a pre-hospital care setting.
On April 19-21, Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 18 and Station 24 firefighters participated with our regional partners in a region-wide CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, neurological, and explosive) Heavy Squad Drill. With assistance from the Homeland Security Grant Program, CBRNE Heavy Squads were purchased, equipped, and placed strategically around the region. CBRNE Heavy Squads are large fire apparatus that carry specialized CBRNE response equipment.
In the event of a major CBRNE incident in the region, these squads would be tasked to respond and work together to deploy resources such as emergency communication equipment, medical care points, CBRNE detection equipment, and emergency decontamination units.
During the three-day drill, the Heavy Squad teams worked alongside one another to familiarize themselves with newly acquired emergency medical equipment, set up fully functional medical care points (including tents, generators, lights, heaters, and medical equipment) and use various communications tools.
Portland Fire & Rescue recently received permission from the Portland City Council to apply to the Department of Homeland Security for a MMRS grant in the amount of $317,419 for the 2010-2011 grant application cycle to continue work to develop our regional response plan.
Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
June 9, 2010