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REMINDER: Clackamas Fire District #1 will hold its Chain of Survival Celebration and challenge coin presentation on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Providence Willamette Falls Community Center, 519 15th St., Oregon City, OR 97045. Open to any media to attend.
Each year, approximately 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside a hospital setting in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 90 percent of these events prove fatal, and the chance of survival decreases by 10 percent with every passing minute without CPR. When community members are willing and able to provide CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are readily available, the chances of a patient surviving a cardiac arrest event increases. Clackamas Fire's celebration recognizes those in the chain of survival who participated in saving the life of a cardiac arrest victim who was resuscitated and survived neurologically intact.
Clackamas Fire will honor nine cardiac arrest "saves" made up of 85 individuals involved in their chain of survival. The chain of survival participants includes bystanders who performed CPR prior to emergency crew arrival, Clackamas County 911 dispatchers who encouraged and coached bystander CPR, Clackamas Fire crews; and partnering agencies involved in the resuscitations includes, American Medical Response, Portland Fire & Rescue, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and the Oregon City Police Department.
Each individual will be presented with a special challenge coin. This coin is only given to those individuals who participated in the resuscitation of a cardiac arrest victim who was successfully resuscitated in the field and survived neurologically intact. "This coin, literally, represents bringing someone back to life," said Division Chief Conway.
There will be seven cardiac arrest survivors and their spouses among the list of attendees, which is by invitation only and the media is welcome to attend. The survivors and rescuers will have the opportunity to meet each other for the first time.
On Friday, April 14, 2017 the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation donated to the Children's Center in Oregon City and Rowe Middle School's Food for Success program. Clackamas Fire District #1's Chief Fred Charlton and the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation President Don Trotter presented the first check for $5,000 to the Children's Center, a non-profit child abuse intervention center that supports and medically assesses children in Clackamas County who are suspected victims of abuse or neglect.
The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation "has been a critical partner in our intervention and prevention efforts for more than 12 years," said Tom Soma, Children's Center Executive Director. "The Foundation's gifts -- which now surpass $50,000 -- have helped to ensure the prospect of healing for hundreds of children whose lives depend on it. On behalf of all these children, we are deeply grateful."
Children are referred to the Children's Center by law enforcement agencies, child protective workers, parents, teachers, health care providers and others concerned for their welfare. Every day, the Children's Center faces a reality that most people prefer to avoid. "To victims," says Soma, "Children's Center offers comfort, care, and hope. To the community, we convey confidence that this serious challenge won't be ignored."
Chief Charlton and Foundation President Trotter presented the second check for $4,000 to Rowe Middle School's Food for Success program. The program began in 2011 by Evan King, the school's social worker, which provides free, nutritious snacks to more than 600 students each school day afternoon. With no extra money in the school budget, King reached out for help from area organizations and churches. The program's mission is to eliminate hunger during the school-day, and through "partnerships like these that we can make sure that our students have what they need to succeed every school day," said Greg Harris, Principal of Rowe Middle School.
The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation consists of emergency service agencies within Clackamas County and provides assistance to people who've been affected by disaster, tragedy, injury or other adversities. "It is an honor to be able to support these two programs that are focusing on the well-being of children within our community," said Chief Fred Charlton. To learn more about the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation and or to make a donation, please visit Clackamas Fire's website at http://www.clackamasfire.com/emergency-services-foundation/.
For more information or to learn ways that you can donate to the Children's Center, contact Ronecca Norvell, Development Director at 503-655-7725 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Food for Success program or to donate food, money or school supplies, contact Evan King, Social Worker at North Clackamas School District's Rowe Middle School at 503-353-5741 or email@example.com.
Shortly after 7:30 am this morning, firefighters at the Clackamas Fire District #1 Damascus Station 19 noticed a strong smell of smoke within the fire station. While investigating the cause, smoke was found to be venting from the attic space above the apparatus garage. On-duty firefighters quickly removed fire apparatus from the building and activated a first alarm fire response. Station 19 firefighters accessed the attic space and extinguished the fire before it could spread any further. Damage was minimal and was contained to the attic space and garage area. No one was injured during the incident.
Clackamas Fire began fully staffing Station 19 24-hours per day on February 27, 2017. Had the on-duty crews not been onsite, the damage would have been much more extensive.
During the fire investigation, PGE noted that a blossoming cherry tree down the road had pushed a live power line and a neutral line together. This electrical short at the power pole back fed the fire station causing the fire.
Clackamas Fire wants to ensure the community that service delivery will not be affected. Contingency plans are already in place to begin to repair the fire station and return it to operational status. Station 19 is closed for fire district and community use at this time. It is unknown how long the closure will be in place.
While it is rare to have a fire in a fire station, emergencies can happen anywhere and at anytime. Clackamas Fire would like to remind everyone to check and install smoke detectors on every floor of your home as well as outside of every bedroom.