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Media Alert: 106th Annual David Campbell Memorial for Fallen Firefighters Today at 10am - 06/26/17

PF&R will hold it's 106th annual David Campbell Memorial for Fallen Firefighters today at Portland Firefighters Park on SW 18th and W Burnside. The formal service will begin at 10am and will feature:
-short walking procession led by bag pipes
-placing of colors by PF&R Honor Guard
-placing of the floral wreath by City Commissioner Nick Fish
-comments by Fire Chief Mike Myers
-reading of fallen firefighter names and ringing of the bell by
decorated Firefighter David Rychlick


Where: Portland Firefighters Park SW 18th and W Burnside
When: 10am Today/ June 26, 2017

Emanuel Map
Emanuel Map
Media Invite: Special PF&R Event Monday Evening June 12/Awards Ceremony to Include NW 23rd Incident Responders (Photo) - 06/11/17

***Special guests Mayor Ted Wheeler and Comissioner Dan Saltzman to speak at event***



Twice a year, PF&R holds an awards ceremony to celebrate the heroic efforts of our firefighters, our partners in public safety, and residents who have come upon an emergency in their daily lives. The PF&R Awards Committee takes a considerable amount of time to carefully review each of the entries presented to them over the months and select who and what awards will be given at one of our two ceremonies, one held in the spring and one in the fall.

This year we are trying something different. We want to create something special out of this semi-annual process. This year will be the first year of our new annual "Ceremony of Honor." From here on out, the "Ceremony of Honor" will happen every spring and the "Awards Ceremony" will be held every fall.

The "Ceremony of Honor" will continue with the tradition of recognizing our local heroes, but it will also be an opportunity to celebrate where we are as a department.

The following will be a part of this special event:

· Music provided by FF Michael Sheridan
· Pipe & Drum performance by FF Gregg Rose and local P&D members
· Presentation of colors by PF&R Honor Guard
· Comments by Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Dan Saltzman
· State of the Bureau address by Chief Mike Myers
· Awards, Promotions, Years of Service presentation
· Special recognition to the outstanding efforts of those who responded to the Natural gas explosion

When: Monday June 12/ Doors open at 5:30pm w/ music by FF Michael Sheridan/ Program begins at 6:00pm
Where: Atrium (see map) at Legacy Emanuel Hospital/ 2801 N. Gantenbein, Portland

Attached Media Files: Emanuel Map , Atrium Map
PF&R Fire Investigators Arrest Woman for Starting Fires in SW Portland - 06/11/17

At 1413 hours today, a caller reported seeing a woman attempting to start a fire on the sidewalk near SW 3rd Ave and Oak St. A fire crew in the area responded to locate and extinguish the fire. A total of two fires were started. No structures were threatened by the fires.

Police were also dispatched and found the woman, identified as Sarah Pugh, 36. She has been taken into custody by PPB and will be charged with Reckless Burning and Disorderly Conduct by PF&R Fire Investigators.

Fleet Week Media Event at Portland Fire & Rescue Station One - 06/05/17

Portland Fire & Rescue will be hosting a press conference to announce details of the 2017 Rose Festival Fleet Week event. Details on the arrival of this year's ships, downtown bridge lifts, Willamette River travel restrictions and how/when to best view this exciting summer event will be presented by the following Fleet Week partners:

* Portland Rose Festival
* Portland Fire & Rescue
* Portland Bureau of Transportation
* Tri-Met
* United States Navy
* United States Coast Guard
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol
* Save the RT Boat
* Tongue Point Job Corps


Where: PF&R Station 1, 55 SW Ash St. Portland, OR
Skidmore Conference Room (first floor)
Street Parking

When: Tuesday June 6, 10:30am

Fleet Week Media Event at Portland Fire & Rescue Station One - 06/05/17

Portland Fire & Rescue will be hosting a press conference to announce details of the 2017 Rose Festival Fleet Week event. Details on the arrival of this year's ships, downtown bridge lifts, Willamette River travel restrictions and how/when to best view this exciting summer event will be presented by the following Fleet Week partners:

* Portland Rose Festival
* Portland Fire & Rescue
* Portland Bureau of Transportation
* Tri-Met
* United States Navy
* United States Coast Guard
* Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol
* Save the RT Boat
* Tongue Point Job Corps


Where: PF&R Station 1, 55 SW Ash St. Portland, OR
Skidmore Conference Room (first floor)
Street Parking

When: Tuesday June 6, 10:30am

House Fire 7829 SE Carlton
House Fire 7829 SE Carlton
News from the Portland Fire & Rescue Office of Public Information: Busy Memorial Day Weekend (Photo) - 05/31/17

***News from the Portland Fire & Rescue Office of Public Information***

One Busy Memorial Day Weekend

The term "PF&R crews" is one you often see in press releases. This term refers to all of the pieces of equipment and personnel that respond to emergency incidents in the city. This includes fire engines, ladder trucks, battalion chiefs, quick response rescues, specialty squads, deputy chiefs, air supply & rehabilitation units, public information officers, and members of the Arson Investigation Unit.

PF&R's Arson Investigations Unit keeps track of all fire activity and today they were still busy tracking information and compiling evidence and witness testimony to understand the details behind the multiple fires that happened over this Memorial Day Weekend. According to Investigator Rob Garrison "I can't remember the last time we've seen so many incidents happening concurrently for this many days in a row."

What Investigator Garrison is referring to is the 15 working house and/or apartment fires, 9 miscellaneous fires and 5 vehicle fires (including one fatal vehicle fire) along with hundreds of medical calls and other requests for 911 service. These "medical calls and other requests for 911 service" included a very difficult scene for crews who attempted, with all they could, to save the lives of three men who were tragically attacked on a MAX train in NE Portland.

Each of the days that comprised the Memorial Day Weekend had one or more moments in which crews were scrambling to cover multiple fires happening concurrently; that activity carried through with a second alarm house fire on NE Rocky Butte Rd early Tuesday morning.

Operations Chief Tom Williams said of the busy weekend " Our men and women put a lot of hard work in this weekend, often without getting any rest from the incident they had just finished cleaning up from just prior and on one of the hottest weekends we've had all year. I'm proud of their resilience and their determination."

It's hard to speculate on why so much activity this weekend. The first warm weekend of the summer? More people out of their homes? Late spring cleaning or yard projects? It's anyone's guess. One thing is for sure, the Arson Investigators are still working hard to figure out why so many fires happened and how to prevent busy weekends like this in the future.

Memorial Day Weekend Fire Stats:

-29 total fires
-9 miscellaneous fires
-5 vehicle fires

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PF&R Crews Contain Spread of Difficult NE Rocky Butte Fire (Photo) - 05/30/17

At 3:50am PF&R crews were dispatched to a residential fire at 2910 NE Rocky Butte where they found a house with heavy fire, smoke and difficult circumstances including a significant slope making firefighting options limited. Despite these difficulties, crews were able to contain the fire quickly and prevent spread to neighboring homes. The two occupants that were home when the fire broke out made it out safely. One pet cat is reported missing at this time. Investigators are at the scene trying to determine a cause and damage assessment. Updates will be provided when more information is available.