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PF&R Crews Work to Contain Electrical Vault Fire in NW Portland
At approx 6:15pm this evening PF&R responded to multiple reports of smoke from underground grates in roadways of NW Portland, specifically the NW Park blocks area. Initial crews reporting seeing some burning material visible from the street when looking down into to tunnel grates. Reports of smoke from similar storm grates spread to several blocks of NW Portland. Eventually the problem was identified as an electric vault on fire. Crews followed normal operating procedure of not applying water to the electrical fire but instead evaluating and preparing for secondary hazards (i.e. fire and health hazards).
The fire is considered under control but power outages are being reported in a large area of NW Portland. Pacific Power has been identified as the responsible agency for the agency and has begun a call back of several employees to restore power and repair damages. They are asking people affected to use their website for information about outages, areas affected and time line for restoration of utilities. Pacific Power is providing specific information for customers at or 888-221-7070.
Posted on Tue, 23 May 2017 06:37:24 GMT

PF&R Responds to 3-Alarm Warehouse Fire in North Portland
Fire Investigators have been processing witness information and details from the scene of last nights 3rd alarm fire. They believe this fire started below the structure in the wood pilings/pier that support the structure. There has been reports of activity in this area including warming and cooking fires. Investigators would like any specific information anyone may have regarding activity on the date or the days just before last nights fire. If you have any information, we would like you to call our tip line at 503-823-INFO (4636).

On May 14, 2017 at 9:57 pm, multiple calls to 9-1-1 reported a large fire under the Fremont Bridge. The first engine arrived at 10:00 pm at 1300 N River Rd. and reported a significant amount of fire from a large warehouse. A chief officer arrived shortly after and a second-alarm was called at 10:04 pm.

The second alarm brought additional resources to manage the large and complex incident. Two fireboats were also dispatched because the building is built partially over the Willamette River on pier style wood pilings.

The fire became even larger due to the contents of the warehouse; carpet pad and other synthetic products that burn easily. This prompted incident commanders to call for a 3rd Alarm at 12:55 am.

Crews worked throughout the morning to prevent heat and flames from damaging neighboring buildings. While the fire is under control, the fire continues to slowly burn in and under the floor of the building. Crews are projected to be at the fire location until sometime tomorrow.

There were no injuries. Investigators are still working to find the cause. No damage estimates have been determined.
Posted on Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:30 GMT

PF&R Investigation Team Reaching Out to The Community for Information
At 3:30am on May 12, 2017 a fire broke out at 4211 NE Sandy Blvd, a popular restaurant named Reo's Rib's. Portland Fire & Rescue's Arson Investigation Team has been working around the clock to process evidence at the scene, neighborhood surveillance video and witness testimony's in order to better understand how this fire started. At this time, there is no evidence to support the probability of this fire being an act of Arson.

The Investigation team would like to solicit help from the community to gather additional information regarding this case.

If you have any information that may help investigators, please call the tip line at 503-823-INFO (4636) and leave a message so that our team can follow up on your information.

At PF&R we strongly believe that we must work together as a community to keep our city safe.
Posted on Fri, 12 May 2017 22:44:56 GMT

Partial Building Collapse on Busy SE Division Sidewalk (Photo) **Added video links**
**Link to two videos of damage:

At 3:54pm PF&R crews were called to the scene of a partial building collapse at 4823 SE Division. PF&R's Structural Collapse Rescue Team was amongst the fire units called to assess rescue and medical needs. Despite an unusually high volume of pedestrians, due to warm weather and peak time of the day, no injuries occurred when between 100-200 bricks fell from the building facade and parapet. Structural Engineers from the Bureau of Development Services were called to assess damage to facade and structural components to the building once it was determined that no injuries had occurred. "Given the amount of pedestrian traffic that was on the sidewalk today I can be nothing but relieved that we didn't have our teams scrambling to get people uncovered and transported to hospitals" said Battalion Chief Andy Ponce after surveying the scene with Tech Rescue team members.
Approximately 10 fire units and approximately 36 firefighters were originally called to the scene which is now been turned over to building owners and the property management company.
Pedestrian traffic is shut down to north sidewalk, as well as westbound lane of SE Division between 48th and 49th. @PBOTinfo will be providing updates via twitter.
Posted on Thu, 04 May 2017 05:50:14 GMT

PF&R to Resume Medical Support Program for Special Events Including Protests (Photo)
PF&R to Resume Medical Support for PPB Operations after Receiving Enhanced Training, New Uniforms

Portland Fire & Rescue's Rapid Response Team Emergency Medical Technicians (PF&R's RRT EMTs) have received new uniforms and will resume the provision of medical support with PPB officers during crowd control operations starting today, April 28th. PF&R's RRT EMTs are specially trained Portland Firefighters who are embedded with Portland Police Bureau Rapid Response Team (PPB RRT) officers to provide care to anyone in need of emergency medical services during periods of permitted and non-permitted protests. The new uniforms are designed to clearly distinguish unarmed PF&R RRT EMTs from PPB RRT officers.
In addition to many hours of operational training, PF&R Rapid Response Team members have received enhanced training on topics including: (1) first amendment rights in protected event environments, (2) public relations sensitivity, (3) diffusion of highly charged situations, (4) the role of embedded medics in relation to the role of local law enforcement, and (5) privacy rights and civil liberties of persons/groups.
PF&R Chief Mike Myers had the following to say about the team being placed online today: "I am happy with the level of cooperation that has occurred between the Police Bureau, local community and civil rights activists, and Portland Fire & Rescue to put this program in place. I believe the city of Portland is a safer place because these groups took the time to make our rescue response faster and more effective in these unique situations."

The following video and pictures are for media use:

Walk through of gear w/ voice video link

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Posted on Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:16:12 GMT


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