The Glen Jackson Bridge, located six miles upstream from the Interstate Bridge, supports the Interstate 205 Freeway between the cities of Vancouver and Portland. The Bridge is a crucial link for commuters, freight and other traffic traveling the coastal corridor. Almost as busy as the I-5 Bridge nearly, 140,000 vehicles travel north and south across the bridge daily. The Glen Jackson Bridge is divided into a north and south span with supports on dry land near the middle of the river on Government Island. The north span is 7,434 feet long, and the south span is 3,165 feet long. The total length is 11,760 feet. There are four lanes southbound and four northbound.
In 2010, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) has responded to marine incidents, vehicle/trailer fires, traffic assistance, public assistance, and mutual aid requests by the Vancouver Fire Department on the Glenn Jackson Bridge. PF&R’s responsibilities to the safety of the bridge and commuters don’t stop there.
Today, firefighters from Station 12 in NE Portland tested the Glen Jackson Bridge’s standpipe system. Standpipes basically serve the same purpose as fire hydrants and are used by fire personnel to supply water to remote locations. The standpipes on the Glen Jackson Bridge are a dry system tested annually by PF&R firefighters. This involves pressurizing the system and checking all valves and connections to assure the operational readiness.
The bridge’s standpipe system is a series of pipes fixed permanently in place that extend onto the bridge. Water is supplied to the system by a fire engine pumping to a Fire Department Connection (FDC) located on the south side of the bridge near NE 112th and Marine Drive. Once the pipes are charged (filled with water), a secondary fire engine simply drives to the location of the incident, connects hose to the nearest standpipe and extinguishes the fire.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
October 14, 2010