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Portland Fire Responds to a House on Fire (1300 Block of NE 112th)

This morning at 3:44 AM Portland Firefighters responded to fire in a single story house on the 1300 block of NE 112th. When fire crews arrived they noted grey smoke from the roof of the home and immediately began working to find and extinguish the fire. All of the people in the house got out before firefighters arrived, but the occupant was very concerned for her pets (4 dogs and 6 cats). The occupants were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms.

Firefighters located the fire in an attic space, but the way the house is constructed made access difficult at times. The fire was extinguished with all people and pets safe. This fire was caused by an electrical issue. 

Posted on Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:51:14 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Apartment Complex in SE Portland
At approximately 12:45 pm, a medical call was upgraded to a Hazmat response when multiple people within an apartment complex reported symptoms of respiratory distress. An AMR unit in the area arrived to find 6-7 people complaining of respiratory irritation due to what some thought was mace or pepper spray. Fire crews arrived, monitored the air and confirmed no hazardous materials were present. No evidence of residue or containers were found to confirm the source and the odor dissipated with natural airflow. Those initially experiencing the respiratory distress and irritation stated their symptoms were improving and no one required transport to a hospital. All residents that were evacuated from the complex were cleared to return to their homes.
Posted on Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:06:46 GMT

Convention Center Spires Will Turn Red in Honor Of Fallen Firefighters

Updated with attribution to Fire Commisioner Jo Ann Hardesty

In honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, the Oregon Convention Center spires will be set alight in red from dusk to dawn on Sunday October 6th.

“This weekend, the names of 92 firefighters from across the nation who died in the line of duty in 2018 will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. When firefighters go out to a call, we know that there is always a chance that we won’t come back. When our families see us off for our shift, they don’t know if this will be their last goodbye. When you see red in the sky over the Oregon Convention Center, I hope that you will take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice that these 92 firefighters and their families gave in the pursuit of community safety,” says Fire Chief Sara Boone.

Fire Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesy says: “This weekend, we take time to recognize all the firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Firefighting is a dangerous job and we appreciate all the talented people who take risks to help others. Join me in thinking of them when you see red in the sky.”

Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) sponsors the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, the official national tribute to those firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year.

Thank you to the Oregon Convention Center for lighting its spires to mark this occasion.

Posted on Fri, 04 Oct 2019 20:29:05 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue Congratulates Portland Firefighter Joseph Troncoso on 20 Years of Bomberos Latinos (Photo)

Twenty years ago, Portland Firefighter Joseph Troncoso accompanied then-Chief Ed Wilson to Guadalajara, Mexico for a sister city visit. Troncoso is bilingual and Wilson asked him to come and act as his interpreter.

Part of the trip included visiting area fire stations and meeting with bomberos (Spanish for firefighters) and they soon learned that the equipment and techniques that the bomberos used were behind the times. On the plane back, Troncoso came up with a plan to assist the sister city with its firefighting needs.

Troncoso created the non-profit Bomberos Latinos, which works in partnership with the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association to help bomberos throughout Latin America. Spanish-speaking firefighters from across the United States have gone on 60 training trips across Latin America. Bomberos Latinos solicited and distributed donations of essential firefighting equipment, such as air packs, thermal imaging camera, radiation detection equipment, and even a fire engine and a ladder truck. The training Bomberos Latinos provides is not only translated into Spanish, but also adapted so that it can be used in the countries where it is being taught. There are no fire hydrants in most of the cities in Latin America, for example. Also, the building construction is vastly different.

“I’m proud of being a Latino firefighter and it’s very fulfilling to take what I’ve learned and used in my career at Portland Fire & Rescue and share it with my brother and sister firefighters across Latin America,” he says. “Being a firefighter is a great career, whether you are in Portland or throughout Latin America, and I’m glad Bomberos Latinos has been able to share best practices with our neighbors.”

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Sara Boone offers her congratulations to Troncoso for 20 years of exceptional service to the community. “Firefighters by nature are called to help people, so the work that Lt. Troncoso has done for the past 20 years in Latin America comes as no surprise but should be recognized and celebrated all the same. Lt Troncoso volunteers his time to help others and has saved lives in the process. We appreciate his efforts,” says Chief Boone.

Find out more about Bomberos Latinos here:

Posted on Thu, 03 Oct 2019 23:06:44 GMT


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