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Portland Fire & Rescue to Reopen Station 23 with Existing Resources (Photo)
To respond to Lower Southeast Portland's increase in population and businesses, Portland Fire & Rescue will reopen Station 23, located at 2915 SE 13th Place, on November 16th. Station 23 will operate using a pre-existing two-person crew and rescue vehicle. The Type 2 rescue vehicle is primarily designed to provide emergency medical services The vehicle and two-person crew is being transferred from Station 19 (7301 East Burnside), which will continue to respond with a four-person crew and its assigned engine.

"Portland Fire & Rescue responds to incidents from tactically located stations across the city. As Chief, I must constantly reevaluate our approach, especially when it comes to our goal of zero fire deaths a year. Based on its increased density, Southeast Portland requires the sort of response Station 23 can offer," says Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Myers. "I am pleased that we are able to provide this important coverage by using existing resources and a strategic re-mapping of our assets."

Station 23 was closed in July 2010 due to budget cuts. However, in the last year 1,333 incidents have occurred in Station 23's zone (called a Fire Management Area), including 105 confirmed fires, 16 of which were structure fires.

"Reopening Station 23 with existing resources is a great example of the innovation and efficiency Portland Fire & Rescue is using to better serve Portlanders," says Commissioner Dan Saltzman. "This two-person rescue will support surrounding stations during peak hours and decrease response times in order to provide a higher level of service for our communities."
Posted on Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:06:06 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Residential Fire on NE 99th Ave
Around 10:57 AM, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched on a report of a residential structure fire at 224 NE 99th Ave.

Upon arrival, crews reported heavy fire issuing from the roof of the home. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack while other crews simultaneously searched for potential victims.

The structure was boarded up, increasing the incident commander's suspicion that there could be transients inside. An ambulance was requested as a precaution. A primary search of the entire structure yielded no victims.

Vacant structures pose a unique set of hazards to firefighting efforts. They can either be full of clutter, increasing fuel load and decreasing mobility. Or, they are empty and can be allowed to burn unchecked for quite a while before being noticed. In this particular fire, crews took additional precautions due to both the heavy fire, and also the hypodermic needles strewn about the floor which could injure firefighters who are searching on their hands and knees.

A fire investigator is on scene working to determine fire cause and damage estimates. Updates will be posted as they become available.
Posted on Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:42:02 GMT

Fire Crews Respond to Fourth Structure Fire This Evening (Photo)
At 7:36pm fire crews responded to a report of an apartment fire at 1605 SE 12th Ave. Due to initial difficulties in finding the seat of the fire Incident Commanders called for a second alarm at 7:50pm. Crews from the first alarm arrived to find a four-plex apartment building with smoke increasing in several interior apartments. Extensive investigation determined that the fire was in the exterior wall of the building and spreading to the attic space. Crews had to open the walls and ceiling structure to expose the fire and extinguish it. The Fire Investigator determined that the fire started in a first floor fireplace and that the chimney flue failed allowing the fire to leave the chimney and travel into the wall near the second floor and then into the attic. Along with fire crews inside the building, firefighters worked on roof ladders three stories above the ground to ventilate smoke and heat from the attic. Power lines on two sides of the building and the poor weather conditions significantly increased the risks to firefighters undertaking these tasks.

Several occupants of the building were displaced due to the damage in their apartment. The Red Cross is often called to the scene of residential fires to assist those displaced with temporary shelter, clothing, and meals as needed.

Portland Fire and Rescue reminds everyone who has a fireplace to have it regularly cleaned and inspected to prevent chimney fires and fire spread beyond the chimney. The chimney and flue should be checked by a trained professional to make sure the lining, bricks, and mortar are all in tact and can safely withstand the heat of a fireplace fire.

Portland Fire and Rescue also reminds drivers in the vicinity of emergency scenes to never drive into a fire scene without the express consent and direction of a firefighter or police officer. Fire scenes and the streets surrounding them can become quickly congested with fire crews, bystanders, displaced building occupants, and media. The activities surrounding the fire can be distracting for all and moving vehicles add a dangerous and unnecessary risk. Keeping firefighters and the public safe by finding an alternate route around the fire scene or parking your vehicle and walking a few blocks will be appreciated by all. If your vehicle is trapped in the scene by fire crews or hoses and you absolutely must move it, notify a police officer or firefighter and please be patient. They will work with the driver(s) of the engine or ladder truck to move it as soon as it is reasonable and safe to do so.
Posted on Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:08:43 GMT

Portland Fire Responds to Three Structure Fires in Less Than 25 Minutes
This evening crews from fire stations throughout the city responded to three different structure fires in short order. The first fire was dispatched at 4:57pm as a commercial fire at 3333 NW Luzon St. On arrival crews found fire inside a large piece of equipment inside a warehouse. They quickly extinguished the fire, confirmed that it had not spread through the ventilation system to any other portions of the building or roof, and removed portions of the equipment that were damaged and charred. They also worked to evacuate smoke from the building.

Just three minutes after the first fire, a second structure fire was dispatched at 5:01pm. Crews were sent to a commercial fire at 304 SE 2nd Ave. where they found active fire near a boiler in an equipment room. This fire had not yet spread beyond the boiler room and crews were able to quickly extinguish it. This fire was contained to the equipment and some insulation surrounding it. Crews worked to isolate the electrical supply and shut it down and then evacuate smoke from the building.

Sixteen minutes later at 5:17pm the third structure fire was dispatched. This was a residential fire reported in the 6300 block of SE 92nd Ave. On arrival, firefighters found a cooking fire on the stove that had extended to the cabinets above. The house had filled with a lot of smoke and one occupant of the home also needed medical treatment for injuries related to the fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire, and confirmed that it had not extended into the walls of the home or to the attic. Portland Fire medics worked with AMR paramedics to treat the patient.

Back to back incidents like this can be very challenging for the entire emergency response system from the 911 call center, to the fire responders, and police who assist in blocking traffic at the various emergency scenes. Fire Liaison Officers at the 911 center and the Deputy Fire Chief's work with fire crews to move engines and trucks around the city in real-time to fill voids and make sure that all emergencies, and potential emergencies, can be covered without delay. Mutual-aid agreements are also in place that allow fire responders from surrounding agencies like Clackamas, Gresham, and Tualatin Valley Fire to "move-up" and assist the City of Portland when needed. And of course Portland Fire assists our partner agencies when called-on as well. The City of Portland's dynamic emergency response system, and the seamless teamwork of all partner agencies, are what enabled the quick response and resolution to these three fires.
Posted on Thu, 09 Nov 2017 03:22:24 GMT

Small Equipment Fire on Roof of 10 Story Building Challenges Firefighters with Difficult Access
At 0835 this morning fire crews were dispatched to a report of a fire at 715 SW Morrison. This is a 10 story high rise building and the fire was reported to be in a piece of equipment on the roof. Access to the fire was hampered because there was no internal access to the roof and the firefighters had to use the external fire escape and firefighters ladder (attached to the fire escape) to access the roof. The fire was quickly extinguished and crews have now cleared the scene.

High rise fires, where the fire is elevated on an upper floor, are very labor intensive operations. Firefighters must carry all of their firefighting equipment aloft while working simultaneously to evactuate occupants. Portland Fire and Rescue's high rise response first-alarm includes six engines, two ladder trucks, 2 heavy squads, and several chiefs. These crews are used to attack the fire, evacuate occupants, ferry equipment up and down the stairwells, evacuate smoke from the building, contact building managers to provide specific information, and to manage the building's sprinkler, alarm, and air handling systems to help and not hamper firefighting efforts. An aggressive firefighting effort, while a high rise fire is in its early stages, is necessary to prevent the fire from potentially overwhelming those resources. While very rare, high rise fires from around the world remind us of the power and danger that an uncontrolled high rise fire can pose.

High rise buildings are designed and built to rigorous fire and life safety codes that address design-specific concerns to make these buildings very safe to inhabit. Occupants should always be familiar with emergency evacuation routes, participate in regular fire drills, and know the location of the nearest fire extinguisher on your floor.
Posted on Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:30:42 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue responds to an Apartment Fire in SW.
Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment fire (929 SW Salmon St) at 9:23PM. Initial reports indicated that the third floor was filling up with smoke and that residents were evacuating the building. Fire crews quickly made their way to the fire room and put out the remaining fire. The building's sprinkler system helped contain the fire, giving the firefighters the needed time to simultaneously do a search of the unit. There is an investigator on scene to determine the cause and assess damage. No one was injured during this incident.

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires (USFA). Portable space heaters are the top cause of fire deaths from home heating equipment.

- Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.

- Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including furniture, blankets, curtains, and paper products.

- Choose space heaters that turn off automatically if they tip over.

- Never use a space heater to dry clothing.

- Avoid kerosene heaters. They can emit poisonous fumes.
Posted on Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:36:53 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a commercial Fire in NE Portland
At 12:52 this morning, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched on reports of a smoke coming from Economy Auto parts at 6909 NE 47Th Ave.

First arriving units reported smoke issuing from the building. Firefighters received reports that people may sleep inside the business after hours. Fire crews quickly entered to perform a search and make sure everyone was out.

Additional fire crews went to work putting out the fire inside the metal structure. They encountered heavy smoke and fire burning above them. Access inside was made difficult by the large amount of auto parts and equipment. The main fire was burning on the second floor and crews made their way upstairs to extinguish the blaze. There were tires stacked around the building and bars on the windows making access for fire fighters more difficult.

A fire investigator is on scene working to determine the cause and damage estimates.

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Posted on Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:44:00 GMT

3 small dogs rescued from 2 story townhouse fire in SE Portland
At 10:20am this morning an AMR ambulance crew alerted the Multnomah County 911 dispatch center that a townhouse was on fire near SE 82nd and Ramona. PF&R arrived to find a 2 story townhouse in a complex of 4 was on fire. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire before it extended to the other 3 units. All occupants made it out safely before crews arrived but reported that 3 small dogs were still inside. Fire crews searched for and found all 3 dogs and brought them outside to safety. Fire investigators were called to the scene and have determined that 2 units were affected with an estimated total of $90,000 in damages. No cause has beeen established at this time.
Posted on Sun, 29 Oct 2017 03:43:08 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to 2nd Alarm Apartment Fire in SE Portland (Photo)
UPDATE 10/28/2017 0830 hrs

FIre investigators have determined the cause of this fire to be undetermined at this time. They did note, however, that the fire suppression sprinkler system had been disabled. The room of origin was equipped with a sprinkler head that would have likely kept the fire spread to a minimum.

Investigators have not yet determined why the fire suppression system had been disabled.

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds everyone that fire sprinklers are very effective in controlling fires and reducing damage losses and most importantly, providing additional time to escape from a fire. Fire sprinklers and smoke detectors save lives. It is important to never shut off or make unapproved alterations to a fire suppression system.


At 4:26 this afternoon, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched on report of an apartment on fire at 3209 SE 92nd Ave.

First arriving units reported a large smoke column prior to their arrival. The smoke column increased in size and smoke production. This, coupled with the close proximity to adjacent apartment buildings and high winds in the area prompted request for a second alarm at 4:30 PM. The second alarm would bring additional resources in the event of greater fire spread.

This building was a three story structure with garage unit on the ground level and two floors of dwelling above the garage.

Fire attack crews immediately went to work putting out the fire inside the structure. The fire had also burned up the exterior of the building to the upper floors.

The fire was recalled at 4:44 PM.

Witnesses report that the fire originated in the garage. A fire investigator is on scene working to determine the cause and damage estimates.

Red Cross is responding to assist with displaced occupants.

There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Posted on Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:38:30 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Apartment Fire in SW
At 7:01 this morning, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a report of an apartment fire at 1508 SW 13th Ave. Initial call reports was that the second floor was filling with smoke, accompanied by fire alarms going off and the smell of burning plastic.

First arriving crews made entry into the structure and confirmed that there was smoke on the second floor and found a fire in room 202.

Multiple fire crews work simultaneously to perform a search and rescue functions and extinguish the fire.

Later arriving units were assigned to search of the upper and lower floors and to ventilate smoke form the building.

The incident was under control and recalled at 7:24 AM.

An investigator has concluded his work and determine the fire caused to be
"smokers carelessness".
Posted on Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:19:16 GMT


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