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Office of State Fire Marshal to Host Media Field Day with Regional HazMat Team in Astoria - 04/18/19

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, in coordination with its Oregon fire service partners, is hosting a Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team (RHMERT) Media Field Day at three locations statewide. The next event is in Astoria on April 23.

Tuesday, April 23
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM11 Astoria
Astoria Fire Department
555 30th St., Astoria, Oregon 97103
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Two more events will follow in May and June:
Tuesday, May 28
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM02 Eugene
Eugene/Springfield Fire
1705 W 2nd Ave., Eugene, Oregon 97402
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 4
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM08 Southern Oregon
Medford Fire-Rescue - Station #4
2208 Table Rock Road, Medford, Oregon 97501
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Local media are invited to attend the events. Each event will begin at the set time above with a short presentation to provide media outlets, agency public information officers, and elected officials an overview of Oregon’s statewide RHMERT program, an understanding of HazMat response terminology, and information about the local HazMat Team response services.

Tours and photo opportunities will be available of the HazMat response vehicle and equipment following each presentation.

Regional teams respond to hazardous materials emergency incidents that exceed the resources of local jurisdictions. There are 13 teams across Oregon. They are a technical resource for local incident commanders.

Team members receive 160 hours of specialized training to the technician level and are equipped to provide different levels of response. Teams are prepared for response to petrochemical highway incidents, as well as supporting response partners at biological, radiological, and explosive incidents. The teams provide outreach training to local responders and industry to ensure communities are prepared to respond to a hazardous materials incident and create safer communities.

For more information on the RHMERT program, go to: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Regional-Response-Teams.aspx. See the attached fact sheet for additional information.

Please join us as the RHMERT program celebrates 30 years of service to Oregon, protecting life and the environment by responding to chemical emergencies and minimizing the dangers associated with them.

Register here to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/media-field-day-and-open-house-tickets-59741241662.

For media inquiries, please contact: Rudy Owens, Public Affairs Specialist; Rudy.Owens@osp.oregon.gov; tel: 503.934.8217; cell: 971.332.0052.

Briefing at approximately 1300 at the Umatilla County EOC
Briefing at approximately 1300 at the Umatilla County EOC
Office of State Fire Marshal Sends IMT to Support Pendleton Flood Response Efforts (Photo) - 04/14/19

The Office of State Fire Marshal has mobilized an incident management team (IMT) to support ongoing coordinated efforts in response to flooding in the Pendleton area. Tom Williams of Portland Fire & Rescue is the incident commander.

The OSFM late Saturday received a request from the Oregon Emergency Response System to send the IMT to the Umatilla County Emergency Operations Center to unify with the City of Pendleton, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the Umatilla County Sheriff Office and assist with responses to flooding issues. The OSFM’s “Green team” arrived in Pendleton for a briefing at 1 p.m. today.

The OSFM IMT will support efforts to address sewer back up and health concerns, public safety, and evacuations issues if needed.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued a flood warning on April 12 for northwest Umatilla County, specifically southwest Pendleton, along McKay Creek. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation increased flows out of McKay Creek Reservoir to accommodate possible future precipitation or other circumstances such as a continued wet weather conditions.

Umatilla County has activated a Type Three Command Team, and the Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at the Pendleton Convention Center.

For real-time McKay Creek flow information from McKay Dam, check https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/rtgraph.html?list=mcko%20q&daily=mcko%20qd. Also follow updates from the City of Pendleton at https://pendleton.or.us/.

The OSFM runs three IMTs that provide comprehensive incident command to manage ongoing emergency operations. Teams respond with resources mobilized by the Governor for a conflagration or other emergencies that exceed the control and resources of local emergency responders.

The IMTs provide enhanced coordination among responding agencies during incidents such as floods, fires, earthquakes, structural collapse, tsunamis, the spilling of hazardous materials, and other natural or human-caused incidents.

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Office of State Fire Marshal Will Host First of Four Media Field Days with Regional HazMat Teams in Hermiston - 04/05/19

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, in coordination with its Oregon fire service partners, is hosting a Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team (RHMERT) Media Field Day and Open House at four locations statewide. The first event is in Hermiston on April 9.

Tuesday, April 9
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM10 Hermiston
Umatilla County Fire District #1 - Station 21
320 South 1st St., Hermiston, OR 97838
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The next events will be held at the following locations:
Tuesday, April 23
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM11 Astoria
Astoria Fire Department
555 30th St., Astoria, Oregon 97103
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM02 Eugene
Eugene/Springfield Fire
1705 W 2nd Ave., Eugene, OR 97402
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 4
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM08 Southern Oregon
Medford Fire-Rescue - Station #4
2208 Table Rock Road, Medford, Oregon 97501
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Local media are invited to attend the events. Each open house will begin at the set time above with a short presentation to provide media outlets, agency public information officers, and elected officials an overview of Oregon’s statewide RHMERT program, an understanding of HazMat response terminology, and information about the local HazMat Team response services.

Tours and photo opportunities will be available of the HazMat response vehicle and equipment following each presentation.

Regional teams respond to hazardous materials emergency incidents that exceed the resources of local jurisdictions. There are 13 teams across Oregon. They are a technical resource for local incident commanders.

Team members receive 160 hours of specialized training the technician level and are equipped to provide different levels of response. Teams are prepared for response to petrochemical highway incidents, as well as supporting response partners at biological, radiological, and explosive incidents. The teams provide outreach training to local responders and industry to ensure communities are prepared to respond to a hazardous materials incident and create safer communities.

For more information on the RHMERT program, go to: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Regional-Response-Teams.aspx.

Please join us as the RHMERT program celebrates 30 years of service to Oregon, protecting life and the environment by responding to chemical emergencies and minimizing the dangers associated with them.

Register here to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/media-field-day-and-open-house-tickets-59741241662.

For media inquiries, please contact: Rudy Owens, Public Affairs Specialist; Rudy.Owens@osp.oregon.gov; tel: 503.934.8217; cell: 971.332.0052.

Office of State Fire Marshal to Host Media Field Days with Regional HazMat Teams - 04/02/19

The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, in coordination with its Oregon fire service partners, is hosting a Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team (RHMERT) Media Field Day and Open House at four locations statewide:

Tuesday, April 9
Umatilla County Fire District #1 - Station 21
320 South 1st St., Hermiston, OR 97838
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM11 Astoria
Astoria Fire Department
555 30th St., Astoria, Oregon 97103
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM02 Eugene
Eugene/Springfield Fire
1705 W 2nd Ave., Eugene, OR 97402
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 4
Regional Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team HM08 Southern Oregon
Medford Fire-Rescue - Station #4
2208 Table Rock Road, Medford, Oregon 97501
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Local media are invited to attend the events. Each open house will begin at the set time above with a short presentation to provide media outlets, agency public information officers, and elected officials an overview of Oregon’s statewide RHMERT program, an understanding of HazMat response terminology, and information about the local HazMat Team response services.

Tours and photo opportunities will be available of the HazMat response vehicle and equipment following each presentation.

Regional teams respond to hazardous materials emergency incidents that exceed the resources of local jurisdictions. There are 13 teams across Oregon. They are a technical resource for local incident commanders.

Team members receive 160 hours of specialized training the technician level and are equipped to provide different levels of response. Teams are prepared for response to petrochemical highway incidents, as well as supporting response partners at biological, radiological, and explosive incidents. The teams provide outreach training to local responders and industry to ensure communities are prepared to respond to a hazardous materials incident and create safer communities.

For more information on the RHMERT program, go to: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/programs/sfm/Pages/Regional-Response-Teams.aspx.

Please join us as the RHMERT program celebrates 30 years of service to Oregon, protecting life and the environment by responding to chemical emergencies and minimizing the dangers associated with them. Register here to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/media-field-day-and-open-house-tickets-59741241662.

For media inquiries, please contact: Rudy Owens, Public Affairs Specialist; udy.owens@osp.oregon.gov">Rudy.Owens@osp.oregon.gov; tel: 503.934.8217; cell: 971.332.0052.

Attached Media Files: hazmatbrochuresmall.pdf.pdf