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TVF&R Lifts Burn Ban - 09/21/18

On September 20, the "High Fire Danger Burn Ban" was lifted in all areas served by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, including portions of Washington, Clackamas, Multnomah, and Yamhill counties.

It is important to note that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's backyard burning season does not begin until October.

Learn more: http://www.tvfr.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=498 

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Woman Found Dead Inside Duplex During Fire Near Tigard (Photo) - 09/20/18

At 6:45a.m. this morning, multiple callers to 9-1-1 reported dark smoke and flames coming from one side of a duplex located in the 9000 block of SW 91st Avenue in unincorporated Washington County close to Tigard. 

Firefighters responding to the scene could see a plume of smoke. The first crew from TVF&R’s Progress fire station arrived within four minutes of being dispatched and quickly began to douse flames while searching for a female occupant who was known to be inside. Sadly, when they found her, she was already dead. Due to privacy rules, we are unable to release the fire victim’s name. 

The 69-year-old woman who lost her life resided in the home with her brother. Though he was able to escape the home, he was treated for smoke inhalation and transported by Metro West Ambulance to an area hospital. The occupant of the neighboring unit was unharmed but will be displaced due to smoke and water damage. A TVF&R chaplain is supporting residents and neighbors after the traumatic event.

A fire investigator is working to determine where and how the fire started. Washington County Sheriff’s Office is supporting the investigation and provided traffic control during the fire. A Washington County medical examiner will verify the cause of death.

Firefighters did not hear smoke alarms when they entered the home and it did not have a fire sprinkler system. When a fire sprinkler system is present, the likelihood of injuries and costly damage is dramatically reduced. More information about fire sprinkler systems can be found at: http://www.tvfr.com/index.aspx?nid=144

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Firefighters Battle 2-Alarm Convenience Store Fire (Photo) - 09/20/18

Just before 10 p.m., firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the report of a fire at a 7-Eleven store, located at 185th Avenue and Bronson Road, near Highway 26. A quick-acting employee at the store made the call to 911 while also evacuating other employees and a customer.

First incoming firefighters from Station 64, located in close proximity to the 7-Eleven store, arrived within minutes to find heavy black smoke inside the store that was also billowing out the eaves of the roof. The incident was immediately upgraded to a first alarm to bring in additional units to assist with firefighting efforts, since it was a confirmed working fire. As crews aggressively battled the flames, they found a significant amount of smoke in the attic space, with cause for concern that the fire may be spreading. The call was then upgraded to a second alarm, to bring in more firefighting resources to help fight the fire and due to the store being attached to multiple other businesses.

The fire was considered under control in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the 7-Eleven store, preventing extension to connected businesses. Store employees and the customer evacuated unharmed and businesses in the connected units were closed at the time the fire broke out. 

The area of origin is near a refrigeration unit within the 7-Eleven store; however, the cause of what started the fire is unknown at this time. A TVF&R investigator is currently on scene.

Due to extensive fire and smoke damage, the 7-Eleven store will be temporarily closed for an unknown period of time while restoration work is performed.

TVF&R was assisted on scene by Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, NW Natural and Portland General Electric. MetroWest Ambulance provided medical standby services. 

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Union Firefighters, Pipes & Drums Band, Honor Guard, and TVF&R Chiefs Will Attend Fallen Firefighter Memorial (Photo) - 09/07/18

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Each September, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) honors those who have died in the line of duty during the previous year. This year, Retired Tualatin Valley Firefighter Ron Bielenberg will have his name added to the memorial wall. Bielenberg passed away in September 2017 from occupational-related cancer.

Local 1660 union officers, firefighters, the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums Band, TVF&R Honor Guard, TVF&R Fire Chief Mike Duyck, and two divisions chiefs will travel to Colorado Springs to participate in the 32nd IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial on Saturday, September 15. The delegation will accompany Bielenberg’s family to the service. 

The memorial honors the thousands of professional firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Each year, thousands of attendees travel from across the United States and Canada to pay tribute to their deceased brothers and sisters.

There has been a significant increase in the number of firefighters diagnosed with cancer. From 2002 to 2017, cancer caused 61 percent of all line-of-duty deaths, according to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Firefighters are 9 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer and are 14 percent more likely to die from cancer than other individuals.

The Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union and TVF&R are committed to reducing firefighters’ exposure to carcinogens. We’ve also teamed up to support efforts educating our crews about cancer prevention.

 

Tualatin Valley Firefighters Local 1660 Union:

The Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union represents more than 700 members throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

 

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Firefighters Rescue Three People From Early Morning Fire in Cedar Mill Home - 08/30/18

Update: Early morning fire in the Cedar Mill neighborhood that sent three residents to a local hospital.

TVF&R investigators continue to investigate this early morning fire that sent three residents to a local hospital. Investigators have determined this to be a total loss estimated at $450,000. It is still unclear if smoke alarms were functioning at the time of the incident. TVF&R is unable to update any additional patient information.

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News Release

Date:               August 30, 2018

Release:          Immediate

Contact:          Lt. Ryan Stenhouse, Public Information Officer, 503-441-9324

Firefighters Rescue Three People From Early Morning Fire in Cedar Mill Home

Just before 1 a.m. today, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were called to a residential fire in the 12800 block of Northwest Lovejoy Court in the Cedar Mill community in unincorporated Washington County. 
 
Multiple callers to the 911 dispatch center reported seeing heavy flames and dark smoke coming from the residence.
 
Crews from TVF&R Station 61 arrived within minutes of being dispatched and found heavy flames coming from the front of the residence with a partial roof collapse near the front door. 

Firefighters initiated an aggressive fire attack and began to search for victims inside the residence. During the search, firefighters located three people inside the home. They were carried out and brought to awaiting medical personnel, where lifesaving efforts were immediately started. 

Due to the volume of fire and the number of occupants located inside the home, the incident commander called for a second alarm to bring more resources to the scene. All three patients were transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

TVF&R fire investigators are currently on scene working to determine the cause of this fire. It is unknown at this time if the home contained working smoke alarms.

TVF&R personnel were assisted on scene by Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Portland Fire & Rescue, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Metro West Ambulance.

TVF&R would like to remind residents that working smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms should be located in each bedroom and outside of sleeping areas on each level of your home. For more information on the importance of working smoke alarms, please visit our website at www.tvfr.com.

 

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