November 22, 2019 20:20
On Friday November 22, 2019 the crew of Portland Fire & Rescue Engine Three responded to a fire alarm activation in the area of NE 15th and Broadway. While searching a building in that area their fire engine was taken by a person being held by Portland Police (please refer to PPB press releases for name and age). The fire engine was recovered minutes later in the area of N Greely and N Going. Additional details are being withheld while investigators complete their investigation of the incident.
Fire Chief Sara Boone was briefed this evening and had the following reaction: “ I am relieved to know that no one was injured in the dangerous situation that unfolded in North Portland. I would like to thank the firefighters from Engine Three for their quick action and the Portland Police officers for their quick response and closure to this. We will allow the investigators to complete their job before commenting any further on what exactly happened; but I want the public to know that we do not take the theft and reckless operation of the cities emergency response apparatus lightly. We will review our internal policies to prevent this from happening in the future.”
More information regarding this incident will be provided once the investigation conducted by PPB and PF&R is complete.