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Clackamas Fire  To safely protect and preserve life and property.

Today Chief Charlton, BC’s Santos and Hopkins and PIO Paxton were honored to attend the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. In Clackamas Fire’s history two firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice. Warren Nott and George Mead were both honored today.

Our firefighters had the chance to do some live fire training in the Wildland setting out in Beavercreek. It was a busy year fighting wild fires both in the district and across the state so this drill was a great way to recap the lessons learned and reinforce this special skill set.

Firefighters have extinguished a fire at the Town Center Terrace Senior Living Facility. The fire has been extinguished and crews were able to safely remove multiple pets and reunite them with their owners. Rocky, the little dog in the picture needed a little extra oxygen after being pulled out of the building. Medic 301 and AMR were able to provide the oxygen using our pet resuscitation kit that all of our engines, trucks and medics carry. It appears all animals will be okay.

Meet Laker the yellow lab that is in training to become a guide dog for the blind. Laker and his handler came by Station 1 to get more comfortable around the fire engine and the different sounds that it makes. Good luck to Laker on his path to service!

Our recruit volunteer firefighters are hard at work today learning the basics of their personal protective equipment or PPE. The focus this morning was learning the limitations of this important equipment and practicing putting it all on in 60 seconds or less.

Today was our annual Hilltop Safety, Health and Wellness Fair in Oregon City. This event included a number of safety booths and demonstrations to include our technical rescue team showcasing some auto extrication techniques. Life jacket and helmet giveaways were also part of this great event. @cityoforegoncity

Engine 301 found time in their day to have a quick hands on hose drill in the parking lot of Station 1. The focus was deploying attack lines that are pre connected to the engine in the safest and most efficient way possible. The pre connect is 200 feet long, can discharge 170 gallons per minute of water and is frequently used by firefighters when working inside of a structure fire.

Even with the recent rain and cooler temperatures the risk of a wildfire still remains high. Under these fire conditions a backyard fire pit is allowed within Clackamas Fire’s service area. As always we ask that you use caution with open flame and dispose of the material using a metal bucket and water to ensure all burning material is out.

Last night at our training center this group of recruit volunteer firefighters attended their first night of academy. The six and a half month academy will teach these recruits the basics of firefighting and will prepare them to serve in one of our community fire stations.

Six of our firefighters are being trained to cut down larger trees on wild land fires and other incidents. Today is a skills refresher and sign off day being led by Captain Brent Olson on a stand of trees that was offered up by the land owner in Beavercreek. This task is highly dangerous and takes advanced training and practice. Next week we will be using the same property for wild land firefighting training and engine operations.

It’s the last day of high rise training at the Hillside Manor building. For these incidents, Apparatus placement and quick hose deployment is key to reducing life and property loss. The drill these last two weeks has emphasized those points and allowed our crews to practice their skills.

Just before 7:00pm our technical rescue team was called to a report of a subject who had fallen down a 20 foot embankment. When our technical rescue team arrived they were able to hike in a quarter mile through very rough terrain to access the patient who had fallen about 60 feet down a vertical cliff. The rescue team packaged the patient in a stokes basket and carried back out the quarter mile to the waiting Life Flight helicopter in a nearby field. The patient was transported with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries to an area trauma hospital. Our technical rescue team is highly trained and able to handle a variety of complex situations that require critical thinking and often creative solutions. The team is made up of Truck 316 from Oregon City, Heavy Rescue 305 from Mt. Scott and Truck 308 from the Clackamas Station.

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