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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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NEWS RELEASE 1/2/13: Portland Fire Truck Slides on Ice

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This morning at about 7:30 am a Portland fire truck slid on ice while responding to an injured bicyclist on Sam Jackson Park Road.  The truck from Station 4 was responding uphill and hit the patch of ice as they were arriving at the accident.  The bicyclist was up and walking around when the truck and an ambulance arrived.  The patient was moved to the ambulance and transported safely to the hospital.

No injuries were associated with the fire truck sliding into the guard rail.  The ice was reportedly caused when the drainage along the side of the road became blocked with leaves.  This caused water to flow over the roadway and subsequently the cold weather created ice.

A sand truck was brought in to mitigate the ice and a tow truck helped to free the fire truck.  The fire truck was completely undamaged as the impact occurred at the tire; however there was some damage to the guard rail.

Contact info, for media use only:
Lt. Damon Simmons, Media Pager (503) 940-6003