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Portland Firefighters Honor victims of 9/11 - 09/11/21

This morning on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Portland firefighters held a ceremony at fire station 1 to remember the victims of 9/11. The event was live streamed for public viewing. Guest speakers were Portland Firefighters Association Vice President Jason Lehman, Deputy Chief Christine Artman, Portland Fire lieutenant Neil Martin and retired Firefighter Wes Loucks who are 2 of the 4 Portland firefighters who flew to New York after the tragic events to help FDNY Firefighters. Senior first officer Tiffany Vlasek American Airlines who was the pilot who flew our 4 firefighters to New York. The last speaker was NYPD officer Dante Messina who was there on the tragic day. The Portland Firefighter pipes and drums band along with Portland Police Highland Guard marched to the Waterfront Park seawall where they performed amazing grace with the historic Portland Fireboat Campbell water display in the background. This day also marks the retirement of the David Campbell fireboat which has protected the waterways of Portland since 1927. Portland Firefighters will never forget the innocent victims and brave heroes who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. 

Below is a link to the recording

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/EumLfsUnjwB87QGgC0_4TUNDdovjxLoiqNrWbBpo0XOQfxSTowfjK1LKx_6yeTHQErdh5Dnd_M68yr9N.GWbgp0DS0OFednTy?startTime=1631379317000&_x_zm_rtaid=9603RKM1RvSuC0Yn87LD8Q.1631393753023.5e7e400dc887c28f315d5bf60d8fd424&_x_zm_rhtaid=885

Portland Firefighters Honor victims of 9/11 - 09/11/21

This morning on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Portland firefighters held a ceremony at fire station 1 to remember the victims of 9/11. The event was live streamed for public viewing. Guest speakers were Portland Firefighters Association Vice President Jason Lehman, Deputy Chief Christine Artman, Portland Fire lieutenant Neil Martin and retired Firefighter Wes Loucks who are 2 of the 4 Portland firefighters who flew to New York after the tragic events to help FDNY Firefighters. Senior first officer Tiffany Vlasek American Airlines who was the pilot who flew our 4 firefighters to New York. The last speaker was NYPD officer Dante Messina who was there on the tragic day. The Portland Firefighter pipes and drums band along with Portland Police Highland Guard marched to the Waterfront Park seawall where they performed amazing grace with the historic Portland Fireboat Campbell water display in the background. This day also marks the retirement of the David Campbell fireboat which has protected the waterways of Portland since 1927. Portland Firefighters will never forget the innocent victims and brave heroes who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. 

Below is a link to the recording

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/EumLfsUnjwB87QGgC0_4TUNDdovjxLoiqNrWbBpo0XOQfxSTowfjK1LKx_6yeTHQErdh5Dnd_M68yr9N.GWbgp0DS0OFednTy?startTime=1631379317000&_x_zm_rtaid=9603RKM1RvSuC0Yn87LD8Q.1631393753023.5e7e400dc887c28f315d5bf60d8fd424&_x_zm_rhtaid=885

Portland Fire sends resources to the Cougar Peak fire - 09/10/21

UPDATE:

Yesterday evening (September 9th) at 6:30pm Portland Fire and Rescue (PF&R) deployed more resources in support of the Oregon State Fire Marshals Office (OSFM) to fight the Cougar Peak fire.  The Cougar Peak fire is about 15 miles Northwest of Lakeview, Oregon has grown to over 37,000 acres. There are level 3 and level 1 evacuations in the area.  The additional resources that PF&R has deployed includes the following; 

 

Logistics Truck and Trailer:  Task Force Leader and Task Force Leader Trainee

 

Brush Unit: Engine Boss and Engine Boss Trainee

 

Brush Unit: Engine Boss and Engine Boss Trainee

 

Water Tender: Engine Boss and Engine Boss Trainee

 

Additional information regarding the Cougar Peak Fire can be found at:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7835/

 

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Portland Fire & Rescue has deployed two members to the Cougar Peak Fire in Lake County in support of the Oregon State Fire Marshal IMT – Blue Team. This is PF&R’s eighth deployment this fire season. The two members assumed the following positions:

-Deputy Operations Section Chief

-Deputy Planning Section Chief

Additional information regarding the Cougar Peak Fire can be found at:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7835/

Portland Fire sends resources to the Cougar Peak fire - 09/08/21

Portland Fire & Rescue has deployed two members to the Cougar Peak Fire in Lake County in support of the Oregon State Fire Marshal IMT – Blue Team. This is PF&R’s eighth deployment this fire season. The two members assumed the following positions:

-Deputy Operations Section Chief

-Deputy Planning Section Chief

Additional information regarding the Cougar Peak Fire can be found at:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7835/

Portland Firefighters honor 20th anniversary of 9/11 - 09/08/21

(Portland, Oregon) This year marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people at the World Trade Center site, Shanksville, Pa. and at the Pentagon.

The Portland Firefighters Association and Portland Fire & Rescue will honor the fallen heroes with a small ceremony. The event will be live streamed for the public due to COVID restrictions for large groups.

Media is invited to attend at 10 am on Saturday September 11, at 10 am (Station 1, 55 SW Ash Street). Staging will be available at 9:30 am. Social distancing and masks are required. Please use street parking.  

“Our members believe it’s our duty and honor every year to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives twenty years ago trying to save others,” said Alan Ferschweiler, president of the Portland Firefighters Association. “Although our ceremony is virtual again this year, we have guest speakers who will share their stories of being at ground zero that horrible day and how it has forever made an impact on their lives,” said Ferschweiler.

Portland Firefighters who flew to New York immediately after the terrorist attack and a retired New York City Police officer will share their stories of assisting in the recovery efforts.  A total of four Portland Firefighters flew to New York City to help a fellow firefighter at ground zero.  

“That horrific day 20 years ago brought firefighters, emergency workers, law enforcement and fellow citizens together to help one another and stand united in the midst of chaos,” said Chief Sara Boone of Portland Fire & Rescue. “Today we come together to honor and recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001,” said Boone.

“On this 20th anniversary of 9/11, we remember all the innocent lives lost and honor the bravery of firefighters and all first responders who are willing to risk everything at a moment’s notice in service to our communities.” Says Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

So far, 110 firefighters have died due to 9/11 related illnesses due to the World Trade Center terror attacks, and 343 firefighters died on September 11, 2001.

“We will never forget those men and women who lost their lives that day, or those who have died and are suffering from illnesses related to their grueling recovery efforts,” said Ferschweiler. 

The David Campbell fire boat will close out the special ceremony, along with the Portland Firefighters Pipes & Drums. The 1927 historical fire boat was retired earlier this year and the 9/11 ceremony will be its last Bureau sponsored public event. 

The public can watch the livestream event on “Portland Fire Fighters’ Association, IAFF Local 43” Facebook Livehttps://www.facebook.com/iaff43/live_videos/

 

Media that will not be there in person are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Sep 11, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Portland Firefighters 9/11 Remembrance

 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88382667801

 

*Interesting history on the fireboat David Campbell; https://youtu.be/hGOFRZr9fo4

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13th Annual Portland Metro Fire Camp scheduled this weekend (Photo) - 08/27/21

This weekend marks the 13th annual Portland Metro Fire Camp (PMFC) hosted by Portland Fire & Rescue.  This is the second of two opportunities held this summer, the first of which was hosted by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in July. This makes PMFC the 2nd longest running female focused fire camp in the nation and has​ included female firefighter instructors from as far as Georgia.  This two day “hands-on” event introduces young women (ages 16 to 21) to many aspects of firefighting and emergency services plus exposure to careers that are historically male dominated. The goal of the PMFC is to empower young women to seek out non-traditional careers that otherwise are limited in equitable exposure.

If Media would like photo/video opportunities and possible hands-on interaction for this event, there will be a PIO available on site Sunday, August 29th from 10:30 am to 11:30.  The event is hosted at Portland Fire Station 2 (4800 NE 122nd Ave.) and the PIO will be Lt. Irene Concepcion-Sestric (503) 313-8672.