Oregon News

Friday, April 20, 2018

Tangent Rural Fire District: Six decades of service

This much is verifiable: Tangent used to contract with Albany for fire service. Some fires didn't need an actual engine. And in the days before cell phones, it wasn't easy to tell the difference. Whether there really was a fire one day back in the 1950s that Albany merely sent a guy in a pickup to check out — a fire that eventually destroyed multiple buildings before the neighboring city could scramble a full crew and a tanker truck in response — is no longer known for sure. But it has become the story over the years as to why, on May 9, 1958, Tangent came to create its own fire department.
Albany Democrat-Herald

Seven injured in farm in accident in St. Paul hops field

A malfunction on a tractor-towed hop-stringing cart injured seven farm workers Thursday morning, some of whom are in critical condition. St. Paul Fire District firefighters responded to an incident at a hops farm field in the 15500 block of River Road northeast of St. Paul at about 10 a.m. Thursday. Responders found a crew of farm workers that had been working on an elevated cart used to hang hops to dry when a malfunction caused the cart and workers to fall. The driver of the tractor was also injured, Assistant Fire Chief Dan Mullen reported.
Portland Tribune

300 free smoke alarms to be installed in Madras

Every day, an average of seven people die in home fires throughout the United States. Most of these deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. That’s why the American Red Cross, in partnership with the Jefferson County Fire District #1, will be holding a mass smoke alarm installation event in Madras called Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. The event, which will take place on Saturday, May 5, aims to install 300 smoke alarms in homes that need them and is part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to install 100,000 lifesaving smoke alarms in homes across the United States to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires. Community members can sign up to volunteer at the event or request a free smoke alarm installation by visiting SoundTheAlarm.org.
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21

Fire burns deck of Lebanon home

A deck fire in Lebanon has caused thousands of dollars in damage. Firefighters were called to a home in the 100 block of Bromil Street around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Crews said a neighbor noticed smoke coming from the deck of the home and started fighting it with a garden house. The neighbor was able to alert the people in the home to the fire. Firefighters were able to completely put the fire out when they arrived by removing smoldering decking and siding. They said the fire did not spread to the rest of the home. They said it was caused by improperly discarded ashes from a metal fire pit on the deck. No one was hurt. The fire caused an estimated $4,000 in damage.

Medford Vineyard Bestows Over $10,000 in Grants to Local Fire Districts

The owners of 2Hawk Vineyard & Winery made a contribution of $10,080 in grants to local fire districts on Thursday, as a part of their 9-1-1 Fund. The grants went to Jackson County Fire District #5 (JCFD5) and Applegate Valley Fire District #9 (APFD9). The 9-1-1 Fund comes from the sale of 2Hawk Vineyards 9-1-1 wine—and more than 50 percent of all proceeds from the wine's sale goes toward building the Fund. The wine was first released on September 27 of 2017 in honor of National First Responders Day. According to a statement, 2Hawk's owners Jen and Ross Allen came up with the idea for the 9-1-1 Fund when they were looking for a way to show support for their community. Ross has a 17-year background in law enforcement, giving the Allens an appreciation for first responders and leading to the fund's creation. JCFD5's grant will go toward backcountry and rope rescue equipment, intended to enhance their technical rescue response for wildland firefighters and backcountry rescues.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Engine fire leaves train blocking railroad crossings in Roseburg

An engine caught fire Wednesday and stopped a train blocking the railroad crossing at Garden Valley Boulevard and Stewart Parkway. Roseburg Fire got the call around 12:26 p.m. Minutes earlier, security cameras at NEXCom Networks captured footage of flames erupting from the engine as the train moved. Security cameras at NEXCom Networks captured footage of the fire. The train came to a stop blocking a busy railroad crossing. Umpqua Transit said the closures had delayed routes.

Third fire of year in homeless area east of Redmond

The third fire of 2018 in an area populated mostly by homeless people east of Redmond broke out early Wednesday morning. The area has no electrical power for heating or stoves. It still gets cold at night in April, and people have to keep warm and cook food. So those living on the land have to use propane or an open flame. That makes fires a lot more likely, especially with plenty of brush around. "Individuals who find themselves living in the land east of town are using open flame, propane or kerosene fuel, and as a result, accidents happen, unfortunately, more often than they do elsewhere," Redmond Police Lt. Curtis Chambers said Wednesday.
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21

Firefighters respond to house fire in SE Portland; Man arrested

Police arrested a man for starting a fire at a house in Southeast Portland. Portland Fire & Rescue crews were called out about 3:15 p.m. on reports of a fire near SE 59th Avenue and Gladstone Street. Authorities say the seven people inside the home all made it out safely. One of the tenants tells KATU News that his landlord somehow set a freezer unit on fire. Authorities have not confirmed that allegation, and investigators are working to determine an official cause. No word from police on what charges the arrested suspect faces.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Firefighters convene in Astoria for survival and rescue training

The mood started to shift as a few dozen firefighters finished their lunch break Friday inside a damp, abandoned building on Marine Drive. “We’re done taking it easy,” said Jason Bostron, a Sterling, Colorado, firefighter, as “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses blared on a stereo. “We started out a little timid. Now we’re going to ramp it up a notch.” Firefighters were about to continue the first day of survival and rescue training. The Randy Carpenter Memorial Fund — named after a Coos Bay fireman who died when a roof collapsed in a burning building — sponsors the training. Classes have taken place as far east as Wisconsin, and firefighters often use vacation time to learn how to handle life-or-death scenarios. “It’s just nice being around people who want to be good at their job, being around passionate people and pushing the limit, really,” said Tyler Myers of the Hoodland Fire District. “It was the best ‘worst class’ I’ve ever taken.”
Daily Astorian - Metered Site

Open burn causes vehicle fire in Merlin

Firefighters respond to a structure fire in the 300 block of Vannoy Creek Rd early Thursday morning. Rural Metro Fire say they found a fully involved vehicle when they arrived on scene. There was no threat to nearby buildings. The cause of the fire was determined to have been from an open burn from the night before that had spread to the vehicle. "The unfortunate loss serves as a reminder to stay in attendance of open burns, and to make sure they are "dead-out" at the end of the day," said Rural Metro Fire said.
KTVL-TV Channel 10

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