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Donated Smoke Alarms will go to Needy Hillsboro Homeowners (Photo) - 02/16/17

Hillsboro, Oregon) Low income homeowners in Hillsboro will be the end recipients of a donation made today by The Home Depot in Hillsboro and the Kidde corporation. Kidde, which manufactures smoke alarms, had retail distributors conduct a contest to see how many "retweets" and "likes" the hardware giant's outlets could get on the social media platform Twitter. The Hillsboro outlet reported it led the region and received the 50 smoke alarms to donate to their local fire department. Thursday afternoon, DeAnna Rae Shields and Cheryle Norris, both employees of The Home Depot in Hillsboro, delivered their smoke alarms to Fire Chief Scott Magers.

"These alarms are a vital part of our outreach to the community," said Chief Magers. "The neediest of our city's homeowners often can't afford to replace their alarms every ten years as recommended. These will help us help those vulnerable citizens," Magers added.

Hillsboro Fire Department recommends placing a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area, one inside each bedroom, and one on each level of the home. Everyone, whether a homeowner or renter, should test their smoke alarm once each month to ensure it is working. If you are a homeowner and are unable to replace a nonworking or out-of-date alarm, contact Hillsboro Fire Department at 503-681-6166.

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Photo caption: Deanna Rae Shield (l) and Cheryle Norris (r) both employees of The Home Depot in Hillsboro deliver their Kidde smoke alarms to Fire Chief Scott Magers.

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One Person Injured in 1-Alarm Fire in Hillsboro (Photo) - 02/12/17

(Hillsboro, Oregon) A Hillsboro man suffered burns following a fire at his home on NE Autumnwood Terrace Sunday evening. The one alarm fire broke out about 9:30 pm as the homeowner was working on the fuel system of a car in his enclosed garage. The fire spread from the garage into two bedrooms above. When firefighters from Hillsboro's Ronler Acres station arrived, they found heavy fire extending up the two-story home and into the attic. It took more than 20-firefighters 21 minutes to bring the flames under control.

The homeowner told investigators he attempted to fight the fire and suffered significant burns to his hands. He was transported by Metro West Ambulance to Emanuel Hospital Burn Center. His injuries are not life-threatening.

At least two other members of the man's family were at home at the time and escaped unharmed. The damage estimate is placed at $125-thousand. The losses include two Corvette sports cars and an SUV. The American Red Cross will be assisting the family.

Hillsboro Fire Department recommends plenty of fresh air when working on the fuel system of a car, other vehicles, or motor-driven tools. Fuel vapors in an enclosed area can be ignited by light switches, water heaters and furnace pilot lights. Additionally, if a fire breaks out in your home, get everyone out as quickly as possible and call 9-1-1 from outside the home. For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166.
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Former Hanks' Property to be Used for Public Safety Training ahead of Building Demolition. - 02/09/17

(Hillsboro, Oregon) Hillsboro's fire and police departments will use the former Hank's Thriftway building in Downtown Hillsboro for training purposes over the next few weeks before the opportunity is no longer available. The former grocery store closed in June 2015, and the City of Hillsboro purchased the property in December 2016 for $4.8 million with the intent to redevelop the site to support the goals of Hillsboro's Downtown Framework Plan and the Downtown Urban Renewal Plan.

Demolition on the existing building is slated to begin in late February or early March in order to complete an environmental assessment of the area underneath the structure. As part of the purchase agreement, the City faces a September 1, 2017, deadline to complete the assessment and any clean-up required for the redevelopment of the site.

Making Downtown Hillsboro a more vibrant, livable place has been a top community priority for years. Now, the redevelopment of the block will help further meet the community's goals for Downtown Hillsboro, as well as enhance the connection between Hillsboro's Health and Education District and the historic Downtown.

The purpose of City acquisition is to stimulate private investment, particularly in a new, mixed-used project that creates housing and commercial activity, and catalyzes further development.

Ahead of the building's razing, Hillsboro Fire and Hillsboro Police will take turns using the former grocery store for training purposes over the next several weeks.

"You may see Hillsboro Fire engines or Hillsboro Police patrol cars there with lights flashing at various times of the day and evenings as our people practice different types of activities," said Storm Smith, a fire spokesman. He added, "You may see both of our departments working together or separately."

Smith said the departments seldom get the opportunity to practice on such a large building and may do so with simulated smoke generators in place to provide real world challenges.

"Police officers also face tactical challenges with large stores," said Lieutenant Mike Rouches, a police spokesman. "We will use this building for practice clearing a large building of suspects or allow our K-9 teams to practice locating suspects or drugs."

The training is scheduled to begin as early as Friday, February 10, and continue through the month.

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Hillsboro Fire Promotes Five and Welcomes a Newly-Minted Firefighter (Photo) - 02/01/17

In a badging ceremony Monday night at the Cherry Lane Fire Station, Interim Hillsboro Fire Chief Scott Magers swore in one new firefighter and promoted five veterans to new leadership positions. In his opening remarks, Chief Magers emphasized to concept of serving each and every citizen with professionalism and excellence regardless of the type of incident.

Jeff Gurske has been promoted to Division Chief of Training. Gurske has been a Captain in the training division for two years and with Hillsboro Fire Department for eleven years. Gurske will have oversight of all training for Hillsboro Fire Department personnel.
Mark Gregg has been promoted to Battalion Chief. Gregg served as a Lieutenant for eight years and has been with Hillsboro Fire Department for seventeen years. He will now be assigned a staff position but will also serve in an operational role supervising the six companies of firefighters when working on a 24 hour shift assignments.
Ben Tanner has been promoted to Lieutenant. Tanner has been an Engineer for six years and with Hillsboro Fire Department for eleven years. He will now lead an engine company responding to all types of emergency incidents.
Sam Scott and Ryan Grimaldi have both been promoted to the position of Engineer who are trained to operate the department's fire engines and ladder trucks. Scott has served as Firefighter for ten years and Grimaldi for six years. Grimaldi is also a paramedic.
After successfully completing one year of training as a probationary firefighter, Marco Hernandez received his badge as a Firefighter. Hernandez is also a paramedic.
"We congratulate and recognize these members for their hard work and dedication to the fire service"," said Chief Scott Magers. "Through their accomplishments, we grow as a department and in the delivery of public safety".

For fire and life safety information, visit: www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166. For information on what is happening at Hillsboro Fire Department, follow us on Twitter @HillsboroFire
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