Oregon News

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Stress-related disability claims filed by Portland police, firefighters expected to increase under new state law

Portland’s public safety disability fund expects to receive 10 new claims a year from police or firefighters seeking benefits for two types of stress disorders as the result of a new state law that went into effect last month. Lawmakers this summer approved Senate Bill 507 to define post-traumatic stress and acute stress disorders as occupational diseases for full-time police, firefighters, 911 emergency dispatchers, corrections officers and emergency medical service providers. “There’s a lot of work we need to do in the mental health field,” said Alan Ferschwiler, president of the Portland Fire Fighters Association. “The city needs to take care of our members in a way we haven’t in the past.” Ferschwiler cited examples of past rejected claims that he said should have been approved: a firefighter’s stress claim after being pulled out from a collapsing building and a firefighter who raced into a fire wearing no mask to rescue a woman.
Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Marion County Fire: 10 firefighters helped free driver from SUV after crash on northbound I-5

One person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on northbound Interstate 5 Wednesday morning. The crash involving a white SUV and semi-truck occurred at around 4:15 a.m. near milepost 268, about four miles south of Woodburn. Oregon State Police said an investigation revealed a Chevy Tahoe was parked on the shoulder of I-5 when it was struck by a Peterbuilt truck and semi-trailer that had left the roadway for unknown reasons. Marion County Fire District #1 officials told FOX 12 it took 10 firefighters to take apart the Chevy to get a man out of the vehicle. The man was then life-flighted to Salem Hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was treated for minor injuries, according to OSP. The right lane of northbound I-5 was affected by the crash.
KPTV-TV Fox 12 Beaverton

Work begins on new fire station near Buxton

Banks Fire District 13 board members, fire chief Rodney Linz, and other community members and those involved in the district turned the first few ceremonial shovels of dirt at the future home of the Hornshuh Creek Station, located along Highway 26 in Buxton on Wednesday, October 9. The land the building will sit on — located between Fischer Road and the Oregon Department of Transportation property in Manning — was donated by the Horshuh family, who agreed to donate the land on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 in honor of their parents, Carol and Fred Hornshuh, staunch supporters of the district. Fred Hornshuh served on the Banks Fire District Budget Committee, and their son, Captain Mark Hornshuh, has been a firefighter and paramedic with the Banks Fire District since 1988, according to a press release.
The Banks Post

Lostine is Wallowa County’s 1st ’Firewise’ community

The Lostine Canyon neighborhood has become northeast Oregon’s first nationally recognized “Firewise” community, an event that could lead to more efforts to prevent or combat wildfires in Wallowa County. Firewise communities are a part of the association’s program that teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action now to prevent losses. The approximately 110 properties with 120 structures make up about 15 square miles or 9,600 acres south of Lostine. About 45 individuals are participating in the community, according to Mike Eng, the leader of the Lostine Canyon Firewise Committee. On Friday, Oct. 11, at the Lostine Wildlife Area the Firewire groups and Commissioner Susan Roberts met to dedicate signs along the road recognizing the Firewise community. Roberts expressed hopes that Lostine’s actions will be an example to other communities in the county.
Wallowa County Chieftain

Shevlin Park in Bend burns again, to head off wildfires

As we head toward winter, Deschutes National Forest rangers are still working to protect our forests from wildfires -- at times, by setting them ablaze. A 78-acre prescribed fire as set Tuesday at Shevlin Park, and a public tour was held to let community members learn more about prescribed fires. In an effort to maintain forest health and to reduce chances of future fires, Bend Parks and Recreation is using prescribed fires as a part of its vegetation management plan for Shevlin Park. Previous prescribed fires the park took place in 2017, totaling 150 acres. The Forest Service said this year's prescribed fires were set in two areas. A 56-acre unit is in a newly expanded portion of Shevlin Park that was a former tree farm. In addition, 22 acres in the Fremont Meadow area on the other side of Tumalo Creek will be burned.
KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21

’I have Molotov cocktails all in my restaurant’: Eugene brewery damaged by vandal

Instead of getting ready for their lunch rush, staff at Elk Horn Brewery spent Tuesday morning cleaning up broken window glass. And instead of customers, the brewery was filled with Eugene Police officers. "How does this happen? My restaurant is a wreck," Elk Horn owner Steve Sheehan said. "I have Molotov cocktails all in my restaurant." Surveillance footage from around 5 a.m. Tuesday shows a woman throwing what appears to be burning bottles through a broken window. Sheehan said repairs will cost around $10,000 - and that doesn't include loss of revenue from the restaurant being closed. "Every minute I'm not open, it's affecting my workers," he said. "We have bills to pay, we can't afford to be shut down. We're a small business, we're not a big corporation." The Thai restaurant next door, Manola's, was also damaged, their window broken by a rock. Police arrested 30-year-old Courtney Lee Albin in connection to both incidents. Investigators believe she has targeted Elk Horn before.
KVAL-TV CBS 13 Eugene

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Vehicles catch fire in Northeast Portland towing lot

Vehicles in a lot at Speed’s Towing in Northeast Portland caught fire Tuesday morning, fire officials said. Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the vehicle fire in the 14300 block of Northeast Whitaker Way at around 3:30 a.m. They said an employee called 911 and said there were two cars and a truck on fire and that the fire was spreading to other vehicles. When engines arrived, they found four vehicles on fire. The fire was not threatening any buildings. Crews extinguished the fire and are investigating the scene.
KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

The 2020 wildfire season is already on the minds of Oregon’s Department of Forestry

Even though fire season is over in our area for right now, the work doesn't stop there. Thanks to a federal grant, the Oregon Department of Forestry is working to gear up for the next fire season in Lane County, creating defensible space in communities at risk of wildfires. This year's fire season was a lot milder than we anticipated. However, you never know what to expect, as we've seen record breaking fire seasons in Oregon over the last 10 years. That's exactly why fire officials put such an emphasis on defensible space. “It really comes down to that preventative maintenance every Spring before fire season really starts,” said Alex Rahmlow, the fire planning coordinator with ODF. He says for the last 10 years, the department has been getting grants to help cut fuel reductions at homes in the wildland-urban interface, including about 100 homes each year in Lane County.
KMTR-TV NBC 16 Eugene

Central Point hemp farmer says 2019 was a ’learning curve’

Hemp harvest season is over and now it's time for farmers to process and dry their product. Different farms use different techniques to dry their product, but fire crews says some of the drying facilities have been starting fires. There have been 3 fires in hemp drying facilities within the last week in Jackson and Josephine counties. The most recent one burned down a barn in Medford along with 3,000 pounds of hemp. "There's a lot of variables in a hemp drying process. Obviously they have a lot of electric with the heating. Those are some of the things were going to be looking at, the electrical system in here as well as any other equipment that they used," says Jimmy Johnson with Fire District 5. NewsWatch 12 talked with a local hemp farmer today about how hemp is dried. Daniel Richardson owns Lane Creek Hemp Co. He says some people use heaters but he only uses fans and dehumidifiers because he has less hemp than a lot of farms.

Great Oregon Shake Out 2019 is coming up on Thursday

This Thursday at 10:17 a.m. the City of Roseburg along with many local agencies, families and businesses, will participate in the Great Oregon ShakeOut. Fire Marshal Monte Bryan of the Roseburg Fire Department said the event is a state-wide earthquake drill which is designed to prepare Oregonians to survive the fury and devastation of an earthquake. Bryan said during the drill, participants will “drop, cover and hold on’ for one to two minutes. He said City employees will then practice an evacuation drill from their places of work. At the conclusion of the drill, they will be able to assess their work spaces for items which may fall and injure them during an actual earthquake, making any necessary changes. Last year, over 670,000 Oregonians participated in the ShakeOut with over 700,000 signed up so far for this year.
KQEN News Radio 1240

Firefighters install free smoke alarms in Lebanon

October is National Fire Prevention Month and every year has a different theme. This year, the focus is on home fire escape planning. “Part of that planning would of course be ensuring that people have the tool that can alert them and get them out of the house safely,” said Rudy Owens, public affairs specialist for the Office of the State Fire Marshal. ““We know that when you have a working smoke alarm in your home you are more likely to survive a home fire incident.” To promote home fire safety, the state operates the Smoke Alarm Installation Program, which provides free smoke alarms to residences which lack them. Lebanon firefighters were out on Friday installing free smoke alarms at the Cascade Meadows mobile home park as part of this program.
Lebanon Express

Fire Station Fun: Open House At Baker City Fire Department

It’s not every day you can watch a helicopter land in the middle of Second Street and then see a car’s roof cut off. And nobody was hurt in either case. But dozens of kids, and not a few adults, had a chance to experience both events, and several other fun activities besides, on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Baker City Fire Department. The open house was the culmination of National Fire Prevention Week. Among the highlights was the arrival of a Life Flight helicopter from La Grande. Pilot Micah Budge set down the Agusta 119 chopper in the center of Second Street in front of the Fire Department.
Baker City Herald

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