Issue No. 14March 2011
Fire Camp 2011  

Women firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue and other metro-area fire agencies will teach and supervise a 3-day fire training camp specifically for young women ages 16 to 19.  The goals of Fire Camp are to instill confidence and build leadership and team skills in young women and to provide an opportunity to try firefighting through hands-on training. 


The application period for Fire Camp 2011 will

open on

April 4th. 


Fire Camp 2011 will be held June 24, 25, and 26, 2011 at Portland Fire & Rescue's Training & Safety Facility located at 4800 NE 122nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon.  Applications will be available at: on April 4th.

Inside PF&R's Station 2  

Station 2 is located at 4800 N.E.  122nd Ave in Parkrose, on Portland Fire & Rescues Training Center Campus.  Station 2 houses an engine and a truck.  The emergency response area that Station 2 covers borders the Columbia River to the north, I-84 to the south, encompasses Portland International Airport to the west, and the City of Gresham to the East. 


What makes Station 2 extremely unique is its commitment to excellence in training new firefighters (recruits).  Once a recruit makes it through Portland Fire's Training Academy, also located on Station 2's campus, they move to Station 2. There, they go through the final 12 weeks of hands-on training on the engine and 12 weeks on the truck. During this time, they respond to live calls as well as participate in numerous drills at the training center. 


Resources available at Station 2's Training Center allow recruits to utilize a six story drill-tower, a two story Class-A burn building, fire apparatus and equipment, and other training props on five acres.


The goal of training at Station 2 is to prepare new recruits to properly handle the dangers and responsibilities of being a firefighter.  During training at Station 2, recruits are expected to start thinking on their own and "outside the box."  Recruits are given complex situations on the drill ground that require thinking and reaction on their part as they utilize their solid base of fundamentals learned while at the Training Academy. 


As an officer or trainer at Station 2, there are advantages and challenges unlike those at other fire stations.  Station 2 allows you to work with a wide variety of people.  Located in the center of the Training Academy, Station 2 works with the most experienced firefighters and the least.  Training Captain Mark Kaiel finds it to be one of his best assignments in 22 years and especially finds fulfillment in the opportunity to teach.  "It is very rewarding to turn a crew with no experience into successful firefighters," said Kaiel.

Station 13 Joins Portland Winterhawks for Mascot Night  

On March 4th, firefighters from NE Portland's Station 13 participated in Mascot Night at the Portland Winterhawks hockey game.  Prior the game at Portland's Rose Garden, Lieutenant Jason Kelly and his crew from Truck 13 handed out hundreds of red plastic firefighter helmets to the Winterhawks' littlest fans and posed for photos with families. 

Engine 24 Scrambles to Keep Spilled Fuel out of Local Waterways 
On March 9th at 10:40 am, firefighters from Station 24 responded to a Haz Mat incident that occurred along N. Interstate Avenue.  Motorists noticed that fuel was leaking from a saddle tank on a semi-truck as it drove down the street.  The truck driver pulled over at the intersection of N. Interstate and N. Russell and reported the gasoline leak to 9-1-1.  Responders determined that the leak involved 20 gallons of fuel that spilled from the tank and was headed into the storm water system due to heavy rains and runoff.
Firefighters from Station 24 were first on scene and lined the contaminated water's path with absorbent material to help prevent as much gasoline as possible from entering storm drains.  Firefighters from Station 13 also assisted on this call by bringing additional absorbent material to the scene. 
In This Issue
Fire Camp 2011
Inside PF&R's Station 2
Station 13 Partners with Portland Winterhawks
Engine 24 Prevents Spill from Reaching Waterways
Emergency Response Statistics
Station 18 and 31 Construction Updates
Lila the Arson Canine Named "Citizen of the Year" by Elks
About PF&R
Emergency Response Statistics (February 2011)

Total Incidents:                          5,225
Medical:                                     4,222
Fire:                                           207
Other:                                        796
Major Fires:                                20*

*Major fires are those with over $10,000 in estimated fire damage.
Station 18 and 31 Construction Updates

Station 31, located at 1927 SE 174th Street, is nearing completion.  A live webcam has been set up by Sierra Construction Co., so you can see the progress being made on the project.  Station 31 is expected to be complete in May 2011.   


Meanwhile, the crew of Station 18, located at 8720 SW 30th Ave., will be moving to a temporary location on SW Barbur Blvd.


Stations 18 and 31 are the last two Portland Fire stations to be rebuilt under the 1998 GO Bond passed by voters to seismically upgrade or rebuild fire stations to make them safe and operable in the event of a major disaster such as an earthquake.

Lila the Arson Canine Named "Citizen of the Year" by Elks

On March 18th, Lila and her handler, Lieutenant Jackson, were honored at a Gateway Elks Lodge dinner.  The Lodge held an awards ceremony in which it named PF&R's arson canine, Lila, it's "Citizen of the Year".    

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