December 2018
Message from the Chief, Fred Charlton
Thank you to our community for the out-pouring of support for Clackamas Fire District #1's annual Operation Santa program. This year we celebrated our 44 th year collecting food and toys for those in need across the communities we proudly serve. A record amount of food and toys were collected from community parades, business partners, schools, cities, and other community partners. Operation Santa was able to help provide food and toys to over 500 local families and numerous service organizations. This year’s totals included over 53,000 pounds of food and 8,300 toys. 

2018 was a busy year for the Fire District from spending general obligation bond funds on the completion of our new Fleet and Logistics’ Facility and beginning the construction on two new community fire stations. The year continued with the hiring and training of new employees and volunteer personnel, responding to a record number of calls for help, providing services to other strategic partners, and executing the goals and objectives of the Strategic Business Plan. 

2019 is sure to bring new challenges and opportunities as we continue to focus on our mission - "To Safely Protect and Preserve Life and Property."

Have a safe and Happy New Year!
Engine 306 from Happy Valley Station 6 decorated and en route on an Operation Santa parade.
The non-perishable food items were collected and sorted by community volunteers at our warehouse.
Message from the Board of Directors
At the Dec. 17, 2018 Board of Directors’ meeting, the following took place:
Presentations:
  • CPA Russell Ries, from Jarrard, Seibert, Pollard & Co., presented the annual audit report. The Fire District received a clean audit.
  • The Fire District’s Agent of Record, Jeff Griffin from Wilson-Heirgood Associates, presented information about the insurance renewal with Special Districts Insurance Services (SDIS) regarding the Longevity Credit and rate Lock Guarantee Program.

The Board approved the following:
  • Annual audit
  • Insurance renewal with SDIS for Longevity Credit and Rate Lock Guarantee Program


The next board meeting will be Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at 6:00 pm at the Mt. Scott Fire Station 5 located at 9339 SE Causey Avenue, Happy Valley, Oregon. Please note that the meeting is one week later than usual, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Jan. 21.
Safety/Public Education
Preventing Home Heating Fires
In addition to furnace heating, alternative sources of home heating are quickly becoming popular. More cost-effective methods like the use of wood burning stoves, space heaters, and fireplaces may be the right choice for you and your family. However, they are a major contributing factor in residential fires. These safety tips can help you create a fire safe home this winter.

Furnace Heating:
  • It is important that you have your furnace inspected to ensure that it is in good working condition. 
  • Leave furnace repairs to qualified specialists. Do not attempt repairs yourself unless you are qualified. 
  • Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system. 

Wood Stoves and Fireplaces: 
  • Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. Wood stoves should have at least three feet of adequate clearance from combustible surfaces, and proper floor support and protection. 
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace opening to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out, unwanted material from going in, and help prevent the possibility of burns to occupants. 
  • Do not use flammable liquids to start or accelerate any fire. 
  • Before you go to sleep, be sure the fire in your fireplace is out. Never close your damper with hot ashes in the fireplace. A closed damper will help the fire to heat up again and will force toxic carbon monoxide into the house. 
  • Have the chimney inspected annually and cleaned, if necessary, especially if it has not been used for some time. 

Remember, it's important to ALWAYS have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home! 
Health and Safety
The Power of Positive People
Are your friendships giving you a boost or bringing you down? If you'd like to learn how surrounding yourself with positive people is beneficial to your well-being, click HERE for the full article from The New York Times .
Emergency Management
Family Emergency Communication Plan
Creating your Family Emergency Communication Plan begins with considering these simple questions:

  • What if something happens and I'm not with my family?
  • Will I be able to contact my family?
  • How will I know my family is safe?
  • How can I let my family know I'm okay?

During a disaster, you will need to send and receive information from your family.

Communication networks, such as cell phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity could be disrupted. Planning in advance will help ensure that all members of your household, including children and people with disabilities, and others with access and functional needs, as well as outside caregivers - know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency.

Out-of-state contact:
During or following a disaster, local cell phone service may become challenged. You may have more luck in contacting someone out-of-state.

Be sure to include contact information for an out-of-state contact. If all else fails, try texting.

Planning starts with three simple steps:

COLLECT
Create a paper copy of the contact information for your family and other important people/offices, such as medical facilities, doctors, schools, or service providers.

SHARE
Make sure everyone carries a copy in his or her backpack, purse, or wallet.

PRACTICE
Have regular household meetings to review and practice your plan.
You can click HERE to download your own Family Emergency Communication Plan. You should, also, post a copy of your plan in a central location within your home, such as the refrigerator or bulletin board.
Upcoming Events
Fire Investigations
December 2018
 
 
Date:  12/10/2018 2:02:01 PM
Address: 22008 SE Edward Dr. Damascus, OR 97089
Investigator(s): Dahlgren
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Vehicle storage area; garage, carport
Fire Cause: Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $90,000
Investigator Narrative: The cause of the fire was material from hot work coming into contact with combustibles being stored in the garage. The area of origin was in the NE corner of the garage where the hot work was being performed. 
 
Date:  12/17/2018 12:08:29 PM
Address: 8360 SE Carnation St. Milwaukie, OR 97222
Investigator(s): Olson
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Attic: vacant, crawl space above top story, cupola
Fire Cause: Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $55,000
Investigator Narrative: The fire was classified as accidental. The cause of the fire was undetermined. The fire originated in the attic with an area of origin near the chimney. 
 
Date:  12/18/2018 11:23:49 AM
Address: 606 SE 4th Ave. Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s): Stenhouse
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Vehicle storage area; garage, carport
Fire Cause: Failure of equipment or heat source
Estimated Dollar Loss: $41,000
Investigator Narrative: All fire pattern indicators and investigation findings center on the quad battery and the connection handles from the battery charging unit.

Date:  12/18/2018 2:51:49 PM
Address: 1630 SE Oak Grove Blvd. 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: $155,000
Investigator Narrative: Incident under review.
 
Date:  12/18/2018 6:32:59 PM
Address: 1213 4th St. Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s): DeLair
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Attic: vacant, crawl space above top story, cupola
Fire Cause: Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss: $75,000
Investigator Narrative: Incident under review.
Station Activities
For a more detailed list of Incident Types, which doesn't include mutual aid, by FMZ for November, click HERE.
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