Oregon News

Friday, February 23, 2024

Oregon Army National Guard working with fire and police to train drone pilots

VIDEO: The National Guard is working with local and state agencies to train pilots to fly unmanned aerial systems. Organizers hope the program will allow pilots to use their skills to help law enforcement and fire agencies in our region. Staff Sergeant Taham Khosrabadi is the program manager for the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Program for the Oregon Army National Guard. He returned from serving in Somalia just before the Almeda Fire in 2020 and that’s what inspired him to get involved. Khosrabadi said, “I went to my unit, tried being able to utilize our drones to support EMS. We were told we weren’t allowed to, that there wasn’t any standards and training. There was just a lot of red tape at that moment.” He said that motivated him to find ways to fix those issues for future natural disasters, so he got involved with the local Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Program.
KOBI-TV NBC 5 Medford

Men from Central Oregon use police, fire training to save drowning man in Puerto Rico

VIDEO: Three young men from Central Oregon went to Puerto Rico for vacation in November. They came back as heroes after they revived another vacationer who nearly drowned. “They said he was probably unconscious for 3-5 minutes. His entire body was just blue,” Sunriver Police Department seasonal bike patrol officer Logan Buckley said. “It was scary, I’m not going to lie. Having someone’s life in front of you like that, where you don’t know if they’re gonna make it or not.” Buckley, 20, Haydon Hossick, 18, and their friend were vacationing on the Caribbean island last year when nearby commotion drew their attention. “Dozens of people, lined on the beach, just standing still like statues. They were in shock,” Buckley said. A man named Luis, who was visiting from Colombia, was dragged out of the ocean, unresponsive, discolored with no pulse. Buckley and Hossick say he was clinically dead.
Central Oregon Daily

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Corvallis Fire Assists with Water Rescue in Philomath

Rescue swimmers and medics from the Corvallis Fire Department (CFD) carried out a successful water rescue near the Marys River Park in Philomath on February 20. The incident began with a 9-1-1 call that came in shortly after 3:30 p.m. with a report of people in the water requesting assistance. Philomath Fire & Rescue, along with local law enforcement, were first on the scene. First responders located two individuals in the water and began working their way through heavy brush to gain access. At this point, Philomath Fire requested rescue swimmers and additional support from Corvallis Fire. CFD personnel deployed their portable raft and three rescue swimmers, who then traveled upstream to retrieve one victim and one dog from the river.
City of Corvallis

Roseburg: Firefighters receive training & instruction through ’Young Officers on Fire’

The Roseburg Fire Department is saying thank you to the instructors of Young Officers on Fire. Last week saw instructors from the Pacific Northwest teaching in Douglas County at the Roseburg Public Safety Center, including Battalion Chief Rob Fisher, Captain Ryan Seellick, and Retired Deputy Phil Jose. The experienced instructional team offered two days of knowledge, training, awareness, and education to local firefighters, the department said on social media. The instructors altogether have over 75 years of experience in the fire service. Monday brought a day of training that included followership, leadership, and mentoring. Tuesday was a full day of lessons on tactical decision-making. Firefighters received additional training in effectively leading their current or future employees as a company officer.
KMTR-TV NBC/CW+ 16 Eugene

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