February 2019
Message from the Chief, Fred Charlton
Snow, ice, rain, wind, and hail…Clackamas Fire has been busy making sure we meet your needs as winter continues across the region. February has been especially busy for the Fire District as we opened the new Hilltop Station 16 in Oregon City, working on the completion of Damascus Station 19, and a number of other facility improvements. We are also hard at work to develop next fiscal year’s budget, July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The Fire District is primarily funded from property tax revenue with a very small amount of other revenue coming from grants and medial transport response income. Expenditures continue to challenge the Fire District as we grow and expand our services, re-invest in our capital assets, and support programs that ensure we meet our mission, “To safely protect and preserve life and property.” 
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of New Fire Station

Clackamas Fire District #1 held a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for its newest building, the Hilltop Community Fire Station 16 in Oregon City on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The ceremony began with a presentation and history of the building, followed by the formal ribbon cutting. Fire District staff and firefighters were available for tours of the new station, immediately after the ceremony.
The new, state of the art fire station replaces the existing fire station that was originally built in 1972 and served the Oregon City community for 44 years. The construction of this building was paid for by funds from the Fire District’s general obligation bond that was passed by voters in May of 2015 for $29 million.
Hilltop Community Fire Station 16 was designed and built with future growth in mind, and will be a vital structure for delivering emergency services well into the future. Currently, Hilltop Community Fire Station 16 houses Truck 316 with four firefighters, Medic 16 with two paramedics and one Battalion Chief, who will collectively respond to the over 3,000 calls for service each year in the Hilltop area.
The Fire District began the process for designing a new Fire Station in 2016 through a request for proposals for architectural and contractor services. The request for proposal process resulted in the hiring of Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc. and Emerick Construction to complete the project.
Message from the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors had a work session on Feb. 21, 2019. Discussion items included:
2019 Strategic Business Plan updates
  • Legislative updates
  • Capital Projects update
  • Interviews for Civil Service Commissioner positions
At the Feb. 25, 2019 Board of Directors’ meeting, the Board approved the following:
  • Two, four-year terms to the Civil Service Commission
  • Surplus vehicles and apparatus
  • Construction contract amendments
A meeting of the member of the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation was held to approve the three-year term renewals of Trustees Ron Gladney, Kyle Gorman, Sherri Magdlen, Sherie Rosenbaum and Don Trotter.
The next board meeting will be Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Mt. Scott Fire Station 5, located at 9339 SE Causey Avenue, Happy Valley, Oregon.
Safety/Public Education
Be smart, take care of your heart!
February is American Heart Month. According to the American Heart Association, more than 17.3 million people die from cardiovascular disease every year worldwide. Clackamas Fire encourages you to take these small steps to live healthier and reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease.

  • Encourage healthy eating habits. Reduce the sodium, added, sugars, and trans fats in your diet, and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Promote physical activity. Engage in physical activity for at least 150 minutes each week. If working out alone is difficult for you, go for walks or to fitness classes with friends or family members.
  • Stop tobacco use. Tobacco use can greatly increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. If you smoke, look for a support system to help you quit. Support those around you who are trying to quit as well.
  • Regular health care checks. Visit your health care provider regularly to ensure you are healthy, and to address any cardiovascular disease risk factors you may have1.
  • Learn CPR. One of the most important things you can to do increase the likelihood of somebody surviving a sudden cardiac event, is to learn CPR. Studies have shown that one in three people survive a cardiac event when they receive immediate CPR, and of these survivors 40% received initial CPR from a bystander. Visit  www.heart.org to find a CPR training center near you.
 
1. Adapted from Million Hearts, 2017, “American Heart Month 2017: Change Starts with a Heart-to-Heart.”
Health and Safety
New Cholesterol Guidelines Focus on Personalized Approach
New cholesterol guidelines recommend a more personalized approach in risk assessments, a returned focus on LDL target levels and new drug options for those at highest risk for cardiovascular disease. The guidelines were announced in November during the American Heart Association's annual scientific
conference.

Click HERE for the full article.
Employee Highlight
Training Technician Joey Danna
I began working for Clackamas Fire in February 2019. I am currently the new Training Technician. I began volunteering as a firefighter for Clackamas Fire in 2014, and immediately felt at home and knew this was a special place. After my volunteer academy, I knew I wanted to work within the fire service because of the team and family-oriented atmosphere that I felt from being a part of Clackamas Fire as a volunteer.
My parents live in Happy Valley where they have been for many years now. My dad is a firefighter for a neighboring department. My mom is a retired school teacher from a small private school in Milwaukie. I have an older sister who graduated from Oregon State University and Concordia University, and is now a teacher in Eugene. I have a younger sister who is graduating from Oregon State University this spring. I set a goal to learn a second language, and I am currently taking Spanish classes at Clackamas Community College. I enjoy spending time outdoors and my hobbies include fishing, hunting, and skiing. One thing that most people do not know about me is that I love music. I play the ukulele and guitar.
Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation
Foundation Donates $5,000 to Search and Rescue
On Feb. 12, 2019, the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation presented a donation of $5,000 to the Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council. A non-profit whose primary focus is for the safe return of missing or injured persons, while keeping volunteers safe. The rescue teams rely heavily on donations from the public in order to fund training opportunities. The teams volunteer their time and are not reimbursed for their personal expenses, such as going on a search, using their own vehicles, and their time off from work from search efforts. The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation’s donation will provide the necessary training for hundreds of Mt. Hood Search and Rescue volunteers, who would otherwise not be able to attend. The training includes avalanche rescue, high angle mountain rescue, rope rescue, and search and rescue dog training/K-9 dog handler, and helicopter safety with patients.
To learn more information about the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation, click HERE .

Clackamas Fire and Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation trustees presented a check for $5,000 to council members. Bottom left photo, from left to right: Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton, Apparatus Operator Dale Cook, Firefighter Walter Herzog, Firefighter Phillip Orefice, Captain Ted Willard; Foundation Trustee Frank Magdlen; Foundation Vice President Jerry Kearney; Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council Rocky Henderson; Foundation Trustee/Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council member Sherri Magdlen; and Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council Sean Caroll and Mike Walsh.

Bottom right photo, from left to right: Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Sean Carroll and K-9 Slade.
Emergency Management
Power Outages
Extreme winter weather can result in extended power outages. Consider these tips to keep your family comfortable and safe:
  • Open freezers and refrigerators infrequently and for very short periods.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
  • Check on neighbors.
Station Activities
For a detailed list of Incident Types for 2018, which doesn't include mutual aid, by FMZ for 2018, click HERE.
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