Photo courtesy of TVF&R
On Sunday, July 5, 2010, firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) were dispatched to a fire in the roof of a large assisted care facility in Tualatin, Oregon. The first arriving fire units observed smoke in the area and residents being evacuated from the building. As firefighters used ladders to access the two story building’s roof and began to work to get to the seat of the fire, it became clear that more resources were needed at the scene and a second alarm was called at 10:24 pm.
Firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) also responded to the scene to provide additional emergency response support. Three people were treated by paramedics at the scene and two were transported to area hospitals for further medical evaluation. A total of 17 fire apparatus from TVF&R, TVF&R Volunteers, and PF&R responded to this incident. Approximately 75 fire personnel were on scene.
HELPING OTHER FIRE AGENCIES THROUGH MUTUAL AID
When fire agencies provide emergency response and protection support to one another such as the situation described above, it is called “Mutual Aid.” PF&R currently participates in mutual aid agreements with all fire agencies bordering the City of Portland including the Port of Portland Fire Department, Vancouver Fire & Rescue, TVF&R, Clackamas County Fire District #1, Lake Oswego Fire Department, and Gresham Fire & Emergency Services. The goal of mutual aid is to lend or receive fire protection and emergency medical services assistance across jurisdictional boundaries.
HOW DOES MUTUAL AID WORK?
The City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Services (BOEC) receives a request by a neighboring fire jurisdiction asking for mutual aid assistance. Portland Firefighters are then contacted through normal dispatch procedures to respond to the structure fire or other significant event (e.g. hazardous materials, confined space, dive rescue) outside the City of Portland. When PF&R needs assistance, the same process is used in reverse.
We trust and rely on the fact that if we do have a large scale incident here in the City of Portland, other surrounding agencies will provide further resources if called upon. In addition, Fire personnel here at PF&R are committed to supporting and assisting other fire agencies that surround the City of Portland when in need.
Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
July 6, 2010