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Burn-to-Learn Training Today in Hillsboro - 03/22/17

Today, March 22,from 9:00am - 4:30 pm, Hillsboro Fire & Rescue will conduct a training house burn 2990 SE 75th 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 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 SE 75th Avenue from SE Tualatin Valley Hwy to SE Johnson Street will be restricted from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

Hillsboro Fire & Rescue conducts these types of training burns a few times a year. Training Officer Jeff Gurske explains, "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 Coordinator Jeff Gurske at 503-681-3903.
News media wishing to attend can contact Bruce Montgomery at 503-615-6666, PIO pager.


Seven People Homeless After One Alarm Fire (Photo) - 03/21/17

At 9:10 this morning Hillsboro Fire Department Station 1 was dispatched to a residential fire on the 200 block of SE Cedar Street. Additional fire units were soon added to the response as the 9-1-1 dispatcher received additional information from the caller.

Firefighters on Engine 1 arrived to find smoke coming from underneath the single level modular home. Once inside they found active fire burning through the bathroom floor. That fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters from Engine 1 and Truck 5 then turned their attention to the area under the house to insure that nothing in the crawl space was burning.

Four male's ages thirteen, nineteen, twenty-three and twenty-four years old were in the house when the fire started. Upon noticing smoke, they evacuated through the front door and called 9-1-1 once they were safely outside.

Hillsboro Fire Investigator Martin Stapleton determined that the fire was caused by a failure in the furnace. No damage estimate is available at this time.

Twenty-one Hillsboro Fire personnel responded to the fire. No firefighter or resident injuries were reported.

The Hillsboro Fire Department reminds homeowners to keep their heating system in good working condition. Clean the filter at regular intervals and have your furnace professionally serviced yearly.

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

HFD Firefighter of Year Honored by Hillsboro American Legion Post 6 (Photo) - 03/15/17

(Hillsboro, Oregon) Hillsboro American Legion Post Six honored a Hillsboro firefighter for his dedication to the community and his commitment to public safety. Lieutenant Chad Carey, 43, an 18-year fire department veteran, was honored Tuesday night at a dinner hosted by American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members. More than 50 people attended the event.

"Lieutenant Carey exemplifies the type of firefighter we want in leadership roles--competent, compassionate, and resourceful," said Fire Chief Scott Magers. "When, as an incident commander, I see Chad and his engine company drive up to an emergency scene, I know we'll get this under control quickly," Magers added when presenting the award.

American Legion Post Commander Bob Gnos presented Carey with a plaque. The honor is bestowed on one person each year. Hillsboro firefighters nominate a small ballot of candidates for the award and all members of the local firefighters union vote to select the winner.

For more information on fire and life safety, contact Hillsboro Fire Department at 503-681-6166 or visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/fire.

Photo: American Legion Post Commander Bob Gnos presents Lt. Chad Carey (r) a plaque honoring him as Hillsboro Firefighter of the Year as Fire Chief Scott Magers looks on.

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Mehringer proposes to Gisler.
Mehringer proposes to Gisler.
Firefighter Gets Badge, Girlfriend Gets Ring (Photo) - 03/02/17

Hillsboro Fire Department pinned badges on two probationary firefighters Wednesday evening and one of them immediately turned around and proposed to his girlfriend. Hillsboro Fire Chief Scott Magers, suffering from laryngitis,delegated the swearing-in duties to Battalion Chief Brian Washam. Chief Washam first administered the oath of office to firefighter Chad Farber. Washam then turned to 27 year old Taylor Mehringer, administered the oath and asked Mehringer's girlfriend to pin on his new badge. Once completed, Mehringer dropped to one knee and proposed to 31 year old Amanda Gisler. Fortunately for all, she said, "Yes."

Training Chief Jeff Gurske congratulated the firefighters for their dedication and hard work. He also acknowledged their families for their sacrifices considering the amount of off duty study time that was required.

Nearly 60 people, including staff and family members, attended the event held at Hillsboro Fire's Cherry Lane Fire Station Six. The firefighters receive their badges after six months of intensive skills training followed by another six months of observation to ensure compatibility with the department's culture.

Hillsboro Fire Department serves 100-thousand people from five stations with a mission of "responding to the needs of the community while demonstrating professionalism and excellence in every aspect of our fire service delivery system."
For more fire and life safety information, visit www.hillsboro-Oregon.gov/departments/fire or call 503-681-6166.