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PF&R Responds to a Fatal Apartment Fire (SE Bush east of 122nd)

This evening just before 9 PM Portland Firefighters were called to a duplex located on SE Bush St. just east of 122nd Ave. Arriving fire personnel noted heavy smoke and fire burning in the front half of the structure. Prior to crews arriving a neighbor tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose while another was trying to get the occupant of the apartment out.

Firefighters located and carried the occupant from the house and began treating him, he was then transported to the hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts of firefighters and the ambulance crew, he did not survive. The fire was extinguished within 10 minutes and an investigator is working to determine what caused the blaze.

While the neighbors who tried to help were truly valiant and should be commended for their efforts, PF&R asks that the public not enter structures that are burning. The smoke produced in a building fire is disorienting, debilitatating and can be deadly. When you add in the danger of becoming burned, trapped or having the structure collapse on top of you, the risk is just too high. Please wait for fire crews to arrive with the proper training and equipment. Help us to help you, if a structure is on fire get out, stay out and call 911, don't become another victim.

Posted on Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:00:05 GMT

Portland City Council Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Portland Metro Fire Camp for Young Women (Photo)
Portland City Council Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Portland Metro Fire Camp for Young Women New video on breaking career gender norms and social media hashtag #shefightsfires released

On Wednesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. in City Council Chambers, Portland City Council will issue a proclamation naming April “Portland Metro Fire Camp for Young Women Month,” in honor of the camp’s upcoming 10th season. The proclamation is being issued before the summer to direct attention to the application process and attract prospective campers to apply. Applications can be found at

Ten years ago, female firefighters at Portland Fire & Rescue came up with a concept of a fire camp that would introduce young women to a career in the fire service. With support from Portland Fire & Rescue, female firefighters independently created and ran the program and recruited other area female firefighters to join in as instructors. The first camp instructed 14 young women and since then has grown to teach almost 40 young women each year. Portland Metro Fire Camp is expanding to meet its growing demand by opening a second session hosted by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

For some, the camp is a general introduction to an interesting field, and for others, it's the start of a career. Kaylee Kolin was a camper in 2013 and was sworn in as a full-time PF&R Firefighter in 2016. "The camp helped me discover that I have a real passion for this job and the hands-on instruction showed me that I have a capacity for it," she says.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Myers is a huge supporter of the camp. “Women have the potential to be great firefighters, but many still don’t know that this is a possible career opportunity,” he says. “The camp smartly gives these young women the chance to hold the tools we use and run through training exercises, some of the things that young men might more readily have access to growing up.”

This year for the first time, the camp is holding a second session at a separate location: the training grounds of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. TVF&R Fire Chief Mike Duyck is excited to welcome the camp. “Local female firefighters, including some of TVF&R’s own, have done a great job creating and running this camp,” he says. “We’re glad that we can help support its growth and introduce even more young women to this dynamic and fulfilling career choice.”

To mark its 10th year, Portland Metro Fire Camp hopes to elevate its profile with these outreach items:

  1. On April 25, April will be declared “Portland Metro Fire Camp Month” by Portland City Council.
  2. A new video about fire camp has been released. You can view it here:
  3. Another video, produced by Portland firefighter Liz Thompson, takes on gender norms by inviting women in non-conventional careers (firefighter, construction worker, fighter pilot, and ER doctor) to walk into a first-grade classroom in Portland. You can see this video here:
  4. Portland Metro Fire Camp is introducing the hashtag #shefightsfires. By sharing images and stories of female firefighters with the hashtag #shefightsfires, young women and girls can visualize themselves in this career.

Posted on Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:00:00 GMT


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