August 2018
Message from the Chief, Fred Charlton
Are you prepared? Are you really prepared? September is National Preparedness Month and Clackamas Fire District #1 would like to help you prepare yourself, your family, home, business, and pets for any type of natural or human-caused disaster. This year’s theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” To learn more about emergency preparedness, please visit us at www.clackamasfire.com .
Due to continued hot and dry weather, Clackamas Fire will remain at HIGH regarding the fire danger level. It is critically important to use extreme caution when recreating and working outdoors during these conditions. Please help us keep our community safe.
The Fire District recently opened our new Fleet and Logistics Building and are preparing to open a new community fire station in Oregon City and another fire station in the community of Damascus. These major capital construction projects have been funded through the Fire District’s 2015 General Obligation Bond.  
Clackamas Fire Reached 50,000 Community Members Trained in CPR in Four Years
Clackamas Fire District #1 in collaboration with the City of Happy Valley worked to achieve their goal of 50,000 community members trained in Hands-Only CPR since 2014, and trained over 500 people in one night. This milestone was reached at Happy Valley’s Concerts in the Valley on August 23, 2018 for the third annual First Responder Night at Happy Valley Park, 13770 SE Ridgecrest Road, Happy Valley, at 6:30 pm.

Community members supported Clackamas in achieving their goal of 50,000 people trained in four years, as first responders and volunteers hosted free Hands-Only CPR demonstrations and training during the concert’s intermission at 7:30 pm. The Hands-Only CPR program is designed to provide anyone with basic skills needed to save a family member, friend, or person nearby experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest. Using only compressions, Hands-Only CPR can more than double a victim’s chance of survival.

To increase the chances of survival, what better way than to educate middle and high school students in area school districts, which began nearly four years ago. The huge success of this life-saving initiative, transformed Clackamas Fire’s vision to expand beyond students in our community to all community members.
Message from the Board of Directors
At the August 20, 2018 Board of Directors’ meeting, the Board approved the following:
  • Proclamation 18-03 for Emergency Preparedness Month for September 2018 with the Theme – “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.”
  • John, Higgins, Frank Magdlen, Ed Mura, Alex Roth, and Craig Van Valkenburg as Trustees for the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Resolution 18-03 – Authorizing Interfund Loans for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.
 
The next board meeting will be Monday, September 17, 2018, at 6:00 pm at Mt. Scott Fire Station 5 located at 9339 SE Causey Avenue, Happy Valley, Oregon.
Safety/Public Education
Preparing Homes for Wildfire

Research around home destruction vs. home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects. Full article .
Health and Safety

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Employee Highlight
Accounting Specialist Halee Holst

I began working with Clackamas Fire District #1 on August 13, 2018. My current title is an Accounting Specialist within our finance department. I am responsible for accounts receivable, including retiree accounts. I will, also, assist with payroll.

My goal throughout college was to pursue a career in public service. I wanted to find a place where my contribution had a meaningful impact on our community, and I felt personally invested and committed to my work. I knew the opportunity to work for Clackamas Fire was exactly what I needed to achieve my goal. The family and community element found in a fire district is very unique, making it an extraordinary place to work. With a family history in the fire service, I knew this to be true and jumped at the chance to join. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Clackamas Fire family and am excited for all the adventures to come.
I love to ski, hike, climb, mountain bike, stand up paddle-board, and do yoga.
Community Outreach
Save the date

March 16, 2019

Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation
Benefit auction and dinner

Gray Gables
3009 SE Chestnut St.
Milwaukie, OR

More information to follow
Emergency Mangement
Clackamas County Public Alerts

On September 1, Clackamas County upgraded how it communicates with residents during times of disaster by replacing its emergency notification software system. All residents are urged to enroll or reenroll at www.clackamas.us/publicalerts .

By providing contact information, county residents can opt-in to receive critical messaging via email, phone call, and text during times of disasters. Important messages that could be relayed include notices to evacuate, shelter-in-place, shelter locations, and other extremely important information. 
Fire Investigations
July 2018


Date:  7/8/2018 8:22:43 PM
Address: 14831 Tannery St. Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s):  Dahlgren
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Outside area, other
Fire Cause:  After the investigation, the cause was undetermined after investigation.
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $268,933 
Investigator Narrative: The cause of the fire was undetermined. The most probable ignition source was improperly discarded smoking materials.

Date:  7/9/2018 1:43:21 PM 
Address: 8132 Se Lake Rd. Milwaukie, OR 97267
Investigator(s):  DeLair
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Laundry area, wash house (laundry)
Fire Cause: Intentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $1,250 
Investigator Narrative: After examination of the fire scene, physical evidence, and witness and firefighter statements, there were two origins. First, in the trash can in the laundry room; and second, in a hole in the sheet rock behind the door of the laundry room. I was unable to determine a competent ignition source, the item first ignited, or the ignition sequence was due to hazards in the garbage. It is possible that the fire was started with a flame held to combustibles in the trash can, as well as to the debris in the hole in the sheet rock. Based on witness statements and investigator observations, this fire was classified as incendiary.

Date:  7/18/2018 10:35:59 AM 
Address: 14380 SE Carol Ave. Milwaukie, OR 97222
Investigator(s):  Stenhouse
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Bedroom - < 5 persons
Fire Cause: Failure of equipment or heat source
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $14,500 
Investigator Narrative: The fire occurred in a basement bedroom when the USB charging cord or audio headphones failed. There were no other items plugged into the electrical outlet. The fire was confined to the bedroom, desk, and wall area. The residents smelled smoke, investigated, and located the fire. The smoke detector in the room was missing a battery, and did not alert.

Date:  7/21/2018 11:00:28 PM 
Address: 22750 SE Van Curen Rd. Eagle Creek, OR 97022
Investigator(s):  Dahlgren
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Exterior balcony, unenclosed porch
Fire Cause: Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $192,809 
Investigator Narrative: This fire was classified as accidental. The homeowner was staining their deck, and left the stain soaked rags in a pile on their wooden deck.

Date:  7/25/2018 1:11:07 AM 
Address: SE MONTEREY AVE AND SE 82nd Ave. Milwaukie, OR 97222
Investigator(s):  Amos
Type of Fire: Passenger vehicle fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Vehicle area, other
Fire Cause: Cause undetermined after investigation
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $0 
Investigator Narrative: The cause of the fire was undetermined, due to the lack of an ignition source. The occupant of the vehicle claimed the fire was started by a cigarette that ignited a window screen, but there was no evidence to support this claim. 

Date:  7/29/2018 1:57:33 AM 
Address: 3200 SE Silverleaf Ln. Milwaukie, OR 97267
Investigator(s):  Dahlgren
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Exterior balcony, unenclosed porch
Fire Cause: Cause undetermined after investigation
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $50,000 
Investigator Narrative: This fire was undetermined. There were several cigarette butts that were found discarded in the area. 
Station Activities

The Incident Types by FMZ for June 2018 are available HERE.
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