Inside PF&R's Station 22
Station 22 is located at the foot of the historic St. Johns Bridge at 7205 N. Alta St. Built in 1954, this double company fire station houses Engine 22 and Truck 22 - both of which are staffed with Advanced Life Support - a brush unit and a utility truck with two ATV's.
Surrounded by water on three sides, Station 22 is responsible for the largest and most varied Fire Management Area (FMA) in the city. Their FMA extends beyond St. Helen's Highway into Cornelius, all the way past Columbia Blvd., to the furthest tip north where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers meet. The area includes heavy industrial facilities in the Rivergate district, chemical and petroleum facilities along St. Helens Highway, port facilities along the Willamette River, wooded and rugged areas of Forest Park, the small towns of Linnton and Burlington, and the businesses and residences of St. Johns.
Besides its location, what makes Station 22 so unique is the incredible community support it receives. This support dates all the way back to an unfortunate incident in 1955 when Shirlee Ann Howell choked on a grape the day before her first birthday. Shirlee Ann died en route to the hospital. Firefighters felt Shirlee Ann's life might have been saved with an inhalator-respirator. When facts were relayed to Mr. and Mrs. Howell and other residents, the ground work began for community projects and fundraisers - one of which was a "resuscitator fund" that brought the station its first resuscitator and first aid car. To accommodate and afford a crew necessary to operate the equipment, St. John's became a part of Portland Fire.
The Shirlee Ann trust fund is still alive today and is dedicated to providing Station 22 with life-saving equipment that is not always available in the city's budget. Through the "Shirlee Ann", Station 22 received the first Hurst Tool or "Jaws of Life" in the City of Portland as well as advanced medical equipment, dive-rescue equipment and high-angle rope rescue equipment. Still active today, the "Shirlee Ann" has made other significant donations including a rescue boat and ATV's.
The Shirlee Ann fund was carried on through the work of Barbara Parmalee, who sadly passed away last month. Mrs. Parmelee would visit the station frequently and had an unofficial parking space reserved just for her outside the station. She will be missed but her legacy will be carried on by the members of the community with whom Station 22 and Portland Fire & Rescue has a strong relationship.
Women in Trades Career Fair
Women firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue took part in the largest, non-traditional career fair of its kind. The Women in Trades Career Fair has occurred annually since 1993. This year the fair was held at NECA/IBEW Electrical Training Center at 16021 NE Airport Way.
This unique, industry sponsored and volunteer powered event offered dozens of hands-on activities designed to introduce women and girls to the possibility of a future career in the trades, including firefighting. The event allowed young women to meet employers, attend hands-on workshops, learn about training opportunities and explore a career in trades. More than 70 companies, apprenticeship training centers, government agencies and community colleges were represented.
Firefighters Christine, Emily, A.J., Stephanie, Kristine, and Kelly proudly represented Portland Fire & Rescue, talking to interested young women about career possibilities, opportunities, and benefits of choosing firefighting as a career.
Portland Fire and Rescue's recruiting officer, Terry Foster was also in attendance to promote PF&R's firefighter recruitment.
|TIP Graduation and Texas Hold'em Tournament
Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. (TIP) Northwest hosted a graduation ceremony for the TIP Class of 2011. The event was held at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 and included desserts, refreshments, and a special appearance from the Clackamas Firefighters Pipes and Drums.
The graduating class included 37 graduates total, 10 of whom were teenagers. Each trainee was assigned a TIP mentor during the mandatory 3-Month Field Training Program. Trainees had the opportunity to visit hospitals, talk to veteran TIP volunteers, and sign up for three 12-Hour monthly on-call shifts.
In additon to the graduation ceremony, TIP held it's 7th Annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The event was held at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Gresham. Proceeds from the event will benefit TIP Northwest and its commitment to provide help to those who are emotionally traumatized in emergency situations to assure they receive the assistance they need. For more information on TIP NW, please visit: www.tipnw.org.
FMO Cinco de Mayo
The Fire Marshal's Office hosted the first annual
Cinco de Mayo Salsa Contest to raise money to benfit local charites. This year's winners were, Elaine's Guacamole and
Wy-Lee's Argentine Green Salsa. Between the two winners, $90 was raised and donated to Centro Cultural in Washington County which benefits local farm workers and St. Therese Catholic School Scholarships Fund.
In additon to the salsa contest, a delicious potluck that featured enchiladas, tacos, bean dip, and salad was enjoyed by all!
Emergency Response Statistics (April 2011)
Total Incidents: 5,079
Major Fires: 14*
*Major fires are those with over $10,000 in estimated fire damage.
Triennial Airport Drill
The Triennial Airport Emergency Exercise Drill, sponsered by the Port of Portland, was held May 11, 2011. The purpose of the drill is to prepare first responders for an actual airplane crash emergency. Particiapting agencies included
The Port of Portland, Portland Fire & Rescue, Hillsboro Fire, Gresham Fire , Clackamas County Fire, and private ambulance company AMR.
The aircraft emergency drill simulated an aircraft that departed from a runway, and for an unknown reason, discontinued its climb and suffered a low impact crash. The aircraft then came to rest in a gravel lot off the end of the runway. This test crash then set in motion the initial emergency response phase of the exercise that started with an Alert 3 notification and continued for 2 1/2 hours. Buses were staged to simulate the fuselage of the aircraft and approximately 40 people with staged injuries were on site as accident victim actors.
Portland Fire participated in fire attack, search & rescue, triage & treatment, IC, RIT and Rehab. Companies that participatedc were: E12, E28, E19, E10/RH10, T7, S1, C3 and C3R.
Fire Camp 2011
Online applications for Fire Camp 2011 are still available and will be accepted until May 23, 2011. PF&R's Fire Camp is open to young women ages 16 to 19.
The 3-day fire camp will be held June 24, 25, 26 at Portland Fire & Rescue's Training & Safety Facility located at 4800 NE 122nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon.
For applications and more information, please log-on to: www.portlandonline.com/firecamp
PF&R at the 49th Annual St. Johns Parade
Chief Klum and Station 22 in St. Johns participated in the annual St. Johns Parade on Saturday, May 14, 2011. The parade is the third largest in the city and draws about 2,000 entrants from Vancouver to Salem. The parade included school marching bands, floats, cowboys and cowgirls, horses, and classic cars. This year's theme was "Reach for the Stars" and a commemorative pin is available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.stjohnsparade.com/.
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) is the largest fire agency and emergency medical service provider in the State of Oregon with 755 employees and serves a population of 582,000. In 2010, PF&R responded to 65,403 emergency incidents, consistently demonstrating our commitment to be Always Ready, Always There for the citizens of Portland.
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