Albany Fire Dept.
Temporary Station 11 Open for Business (Photo)
Albany Fire Department's temporary Station 11, located at 1120 SE Hill Street, is open for business and responding to calls. The station houses a fire engine unit and sleeps four firefighters. Allen & Laporte General Contracting Inc. began site work on 5/4/16 and completed the job on 5/19/16. The scope of the work included site preparation, installation of a metal structure and alterations and upgrades to renovate the existing structure.
The temporary station will be open until the new, downtown Station 11 building project is complete in 2017. Bids are currently out and an award will be made in July.
Albany Fire Unit Citation - 05/19/16
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., fourteen Albany Fire Department members will be recognized by the Albany City Council for their participation in a water rescue of a women near Takena Landing on January 20, 2016. The following employees will be receiving a Unit Citation: Assistant Chief Shane Wooten, Battalion Chief Scott Cowan, Lieutenant Brian Vorderstrasse, Lieutenant Jamie Smith, Lieutenant John Zimmerman, Lieutenant Chris Johnson, Apparatus Operator Mike Hurley, Firefighter Clifton Booher, Firefighter Lon Lemkau, Firefighter Rick Griffin, Firefighter Alex Chang, Firefighter Gabe Anderson, and Firefighter Carly Sheers.
Albany Fire received a call of a victim in the Calapooia River and was dispatched at approximately 4:30 p.m. on January 20, 2016. Personnel were able to deploy and intercept the victim under the Lyon Street bridge. The woman was safely brought into an Albany Fire rescue boat. The high temperature on that day was 55 degrees and the river temperature, according to USGS, was 45 degrees.
Albany Fire Rescue Team trains approximately 12 times a year for all types of water rescue scenarios.
Residential Fire - 05/13/16
Albany Fire Department responded to a first-alarm house fire this morning at 1680 SE Tudor Way. Three fire engines, one fire truck, and one ambulance responded with 17 firefighters. The house was fully involved in fire when firefighters arrived. Three of the home's residents and two pets were home at the time and escaped with no injuries. Assistance was provided to the residents from the Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund and the home is insured.
Assistance from neighboring fire departments was requested to cover other emergency calls in Albany during the fire. Albany Fire Department is investigating the source of the fire.
End of an Era
Albany's downtown Fire Station 11 opened in 1950 at 110 6th Avenue SE and was originally named Station No. 1. It was renamed Station 11 when the county went to the emergency 9-1-1 system in the late 1980's. Now it's time to say goodbye to this station that has provided service to the City of Albany for over 65 years by hosting a public Open House on May 20, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The station will be open to the public for viewing, and staff will be on hand to answer questions. People are encouraged to bring historical memorabilia to share as well as personal stories of their experiences in the station. One of the Department's antique fire engines will also be on display for viewing and photos.
May 22, 2016, will be the last working shift at the current Station 11 site. Linn County Dispatch will announce a final tone to officially retire the station at the end of the shift at 7:00 a.m. on May 23. The new, temporary quarters for Station 11 personnel and an emergency response engine will be at 1120 Hill Street SE. Firefighters will work from that location until the new Station 11 is completed in 2017 at the expanded location on the current site. The future address for Station 11 will be 611 Lyon Street SE.
Demolition of Fire Station 11 at the Sixth Avenue location will take place in June.