Millington Fire District No. 5 Chief Drew Solomon was a man who was "passionate about fire protection service," not only for the residents he was sworn to protect, but to all of the citizens of Coos County through his cooperative efforts working with fellow firefighters in Coos County.
Solomon, 61, died Feb. 10 after a valiant battle with lung cancer.
"Chief Solomon was a dedicated and hard working Fire Chief who enjoyed sharing his knowledge, teaching new firefighters and always fighting for what he believed in," said a post from the North Bay Fire Department on its Facebook page. "His fingerprints will forever be on the Coos County fire service and his name, accomplishments and dedication will never be forgotten. God bless Drew, his family and the Millington Fire District. You are all in our thoughts and prayers."
A nationwide, longstanding drop in volunteerism across all interests has so impacted the fire service that federal grants have been awarded to boost volunteer firefighter rosters.
Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue has begun its second four-year grant-funded position aimed at increasing volunteerism.
Division Chief Rob Torrey started work in January at the fire district, bringing with him over 30 years of experience in the fire service. His area of responsibility is training and volunteer recruitment and retention. The grant actually covers both MCFR and the Dallesport Volunteer Fire department, said MCFR Chief Bob Palmer.
Torrey has already dived into the process of streamlining training processes for new firefighters — both volunteer and paid — and making it easier for officers to use the system.
The Dalles Chronicle
A garage fire damaged a Southeast Portland home Wednesday morning, Portland Fire and Rescue said.
Crews responded to the fire in the 12800 block of Southeast Claybourne Street at 9:30 a.m.
As they approached the scene, they saw a column of smoke coming from the structure.
When firefighters arrived, they found a fire in the garage. They took off the garage door and sprayed water into the building from outside.
The garage eventually collapsed.
Firefighters heard small explosions, but a Portland Fire and Rescue official think they were caused by aerosol cans or small fuel tanks.
Officials say no one was inside at the time of the fire, but two dogs were rescued.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
An investigation into a fire that killed a Coos Bay couple Monday morning has determined the cause of that fire.
According to Coos Bay Fire Department, combustibles placed too close to a heater caused the blaze.
Fire crews say flames broke out early Monday morning near S. 19th and Idaho and the couple was found dead inside.
While the fire was contained to mostly one room, the entire building was exposed to thick black smoke.
"One of the things we look for during our investigation is to see if there were any working smoke alarms, and they had no smoke alarms,” said Coos Bay Fire Battalion Chief Dan Crutchfield. “It's not that there was one there that may or may not have worked; there were zero smoke alarms installed in that home."
Investigators believe an electrical failure caused a residential fire that destroyed a two-story house in Klamath Falls Wednesday morning.
According to Klamath County Fire District 1, an “electrical overload” was likely the cause of a fire on the 800 block of North Eighth Street.
Crews were dispatched to the fire at 5:52 a.m. and were told an occupant may be inside. They confirmed the resident was out of the house and the fire resulted in no injuries to crews or civilians.
Damage from the fire was estimated at $150,000, a total loss for the house. District 1 was assisted in their response by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Klamath Falls Police Department.
A District 1 news release Wednesday said residents should be cautious of how they employ electrical heaters during cold weather.
Klamath Falls Herald and News