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Hillsboro Firefighters Toy & Joy Drive is Underway - 11/15/17

Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts coordinates Hillsboro's annual Toy and Joy program. The Toy and Joy program is built upon over 50 years of tradition; originally starting with Hillsboro Firefighter's L2210 Union. Each year, Hillsboro Firefighters work together with local groups including the Hillsboro Elks Lodge, ABATE Washington County Chapter, Hillsboro Police, Cornell Estates Retirement & Assisted Living Residence and others to collect toys and raise money to provide needed food and toys to hundreds of families during the holiday season.

Here is a listing of the upcoming Toy & Joy activities.

Saturday, November 18 - WaCo A.B.A.T.E Stan Johnston Memorial Toy Run and Raffle
The Washington County A.B.A.T.E chapter hosted toy run and raffle for Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts Toy & Joy. Will take place at 12:00pm, Saturday, November 18 at the Hillsboro Ronler Acres Fire Station. Members arrive at the Ronler Acres Fire Station with hundreds of toys to donate. They also participate in a raffle from which the proceeds are used to buy more toys for local children in need at the annual Toy Buy. Members then ride on a predetermined route through the city and end up at the Hillsboro Elks Lodge where the toys are delivered and a check is presented to Toy & Joy.

Beginning Sunday, November 19 there will be a toy barrel at each Hillsboro Fire Station where community members can donate new and used toys.

Sunday, November 19 - Cornell Estates Bake Sale
Each year, Cornell Estates Retirement and Assisted Living Center hosts Bake Sale to fundraise for Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts Toy & Toy. The bake sale will take place from 10:00 am -- 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 19. Members of the Hillsboro Fire Department, Cornell Estates staff and some local citizens make delicious homemade baked goods for sale to the public.

Sunday, December 10 - Firefighter Toy Buy
Money raised for Toy & Joy throughout the year is used to purchase toys still needed for local children in need. Fred Meyer graciously provides deep discounts on items. The Hillsboro Elks Lodge provides the specific number of toys and items that are still needed based on gender and age. Each year Toy & Joy spends between 10 and 15 thousand dollars purchasing toys.


Saturday, December 16 - Toy and Food Delivery
In the week prior to delivery, all of the toys from Toy & Joy are delivered to the Hillsboro Elks Lodge where they are organized for specific families. The Elks Lodge receives referrals of local families in need throughout the year and especially during the holiday season. They also collect large amounts of non-perishable food throughout the year. On the day of delivery, Saturday, December 16, members from all over the community show up to delivery large boxes of food and toys to over 650 families with over 1300 children. This is a special day for everyone and their hard work pays off to help those in need.

Donations to Toy & Joy can be made online or by mail at https://hfra.us/donate or at PO Box 895 Hillsboro, OR 97123

For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire


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Hillsboro Fire Burn-to-Learn Rescheduled for November 14 - 11/09/17

On Tuesday, November 14, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue will conduct a training house burn at 115 NE 30th Avenue in Hillsboro. This exercise previously scheduled for Saturday, November 4 was canceled due to the death of off duty Hillsboro firefighter Ryan Grimaldi on November 3rd.

The Burn-to-Learn exercise will give valuable live-fire training in a residential structure to Hillsboro's newly-hired firefighter recruits, as well as the department's career and volunteer firefighters.

The Burn-to-Learn exercise will begin at 9am when Hillsboro Fire & Rescue training officers set small fires, one at a time, inside the house. Training officers will then accompany firefighters inside to extinguish the fires. The drill will be supervised by experienced, career firefighters and will adhere to strict safety guidelines. Firefighters have ensured that all that remains in the home is normal, non-hazardous building materials. Once the interior training is completed, the house will be allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner. There will be teams of firefighters at the scene from beginning until all flames are extinguished.

Motorists can expect that traffic on E Main Street from NE 28th Avenue to NE 32nd Avenue will be slowed from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Traffic will be blocked from entering NE 30th Avenue from E Main Street.

The home used in this training exercise was donated by the owner to make way for future construction on the property.


To learn more about Hillsboro Fire & Rescue's Burn-to-Learn training, or to find out how to donate a house for a future Burn-to-Learn, contact Training Chief Jeff Gurske at 503-681-3901.
News media wishing to attend can contact Bruce Montgomery at 503-615-6666, PIO pager.

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Celebration of Life Service for Ryan Grimaldi - 11/09/17

A Celebration of Life will be held for Ryan Grimaldi this Saturday, November 11 at the Liberty High School Gym. The event is open to the public and is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hillsboro Firefighters Random Acts Inc. in memory of Ryan would be appreciated by the Grimaldi family

To respect the privacy of the Grimaldi family and friends, the family has requested that no representatives of the media video/record the service, or interview attendees of the event.


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Ryan Grimaldi, One of Hillsboro Fire Department's Finest, Dies (Photo) - 11/04/17

Ryan Grimaldi, a Hillsboro firefighter/paramedic for 6 years died while on a hunting trip on Friday, November 3, in the mountains of Morrow County Oregon. A falling tree caused his death.

To honor their fellow firefighter, members of the Hillsboro Fire Department will be traveling to the town of Heppner on Sunday to escort his body back to Tualatin. Additionally, members are wearing mourning bands over their badges through the day of his memorial service.

Operation Chief Scott Magers said, "Ryan was an outstanding firefighter and member of the Hillsboro Fire Department family. Ryan served the department and the community well. He will be greatly missed."

Funeral services are pending at this time.

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HFD Burn-to-Learn Rescheduled - 11/04/17

The Hillsboro Fire Department's burn-to-learn that was scheduled for today has been canceled.

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Hillsboro Fire Recruits Get Live-Fire Training This Weekend (Photo) - 11/01/17

On Saturday, November 4, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue will conduct a training house burn at 115 NE 30th Avenue in Hillsboro.
The Burn-to-Learn exercise will give valuable live-fire training in a residential structure to Hillsboro's newly-hired firefighter recruits, as well as the department's career firefighters.

The Burn-to-Learn exercise will begin at 9am when Hillsboro Fire & Rescue training officers set small fires, one at a time, inside the house. Training officers will then accompany firefighters inside to extinguish the fires. The drill will be supervised by experienced, career firefighters and will adhere to strict safety guidelines. Firefighters have ensured that all that remains in the home is normal, non-hazardous building materials. Once the interior training is completed, the house will be allowed to burn in a controlled and safe manner. There will be teams of firefighters at the scene from beginning until all flames are extinguished.

Motorists can expect that traffic on E Main Street from NE 28th Avenue to NE 32nd Avenue will be slowed from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Traffic will be blocked from entering NE 30th Avenue from E Main Street.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue conducts these types of training burns a few times a year explains Training Chief Jeff Gurske, "Live fire training exercises are especially valuable for Hillsboro Fire & Rescue's newest firefighters by allowing them to witness fire behavior and smoke conditions in a burning structure." Gurske added, "Firefighters are able to learn the capabilities of their equipment and apply tactics in a controlled environment."

The home used in this training exercise was donated by the owner to make way for future construction on the property.


To learn more about Hillsboro Fire & Rescue's Burn-to-Learn training, or to find out how to donate a house for a future Burn-to-Learn, contact Training Chief Jeff Gurske at 503-681-3901.
News media wishing to attend can contact Bruce Montgomery at 503-615-6666, PIO pager.

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