October 2018
Message from the Chief, Fred Charlton
Fall is here and Clackamas Fire District #1 is busy focusing on completing a number of major projects, hiring new employees, and supporting those in need throughout our community.
Capital construction projects are well underway to include the following:
  • The new Hilltop Fire Station 16 in Oregon City is in the last stages of construction with an anticipated completion date of December 2018.
  • The new Damascus Fire Station 19 is well underway with a completion date of early 2019.
  • Designs are being finalized for a new Administration building in cooperation with Clackamas Community College. The proposed building will be an estimated 15,000 square feet, is anticipated to be completed by early 2020, and will be built on the Harmony Community Campus.

Clackamas Fire is hiring – we are currently interviewing entry-level firefighter candidates and will be filling an estimated 20 vacancies in 2019. 
With the cold, wet weather, the threat of wildfires has diminished, but the effects will last for years. Clackamas Fire protected numerous communities by responding to the devastating wildfires across Oregon.

The 44 th annual Operation Santa begins in November to help those in need throughout our community by collecting and distributing new toys and non-perishable food. More information to include community parade routes can be found at www.clackamasfire.com .
Fire Prevention Month

During October, Clackamas Fire District #1 recognized Fire Prevention Month and hosted five fire station open houses. During these open houses, CFD welcomed hundreds of visitors, who were able to tour the fire stations and apparatus, get to know their local firefighters, and learn important fire and life safety information. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) determines a theme each year for the focus of this outreach. This year’s theme was “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” Through public outreach, CFD and the NFPA ensured that everyone knows just how important it is to have working smoke alarms in their homes and to have an escape plan. 
Message from the Board of Directors
The following took place at the October 15, 2018, Board of Directors’ meeting:

  • Chief Charlton shared about the 2018 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Ben Franklin Award for Valor. This award was presented at the August 9, 2018 general meeting of the IAFC to Captain Kyle Olson, Apparatus Operator Andrew Brian, Firefighter Scott Kohler, and Firefighter Matt Towner for their rescue of a woman from a house fire on Sept. 6, 2017. 
  • The Board of Directors presented their Award of Distinguished Service to Captain Kyle Olson, Apparatus Operator Andrew Brian, Firefighter Scott Kohler, and Firefighter Matt Towner in honor of their outstanding service for the rescue mentioned above.
  • Battalion Chief Steve Deters provided an update on preparations for the 2018 Operation Santa Claus Program. More information may be found HERE.

The Board approved the following:
  • Revised Board policy Manual.
  • Funding for remodeling of Lake Road Fire Station 4 and Mt. Scott Fire Station 5.

The Board tabled the discussion regarding the request from Estacada Fire District #69 to extend the current intergovernmental agreement (IGA) regarding services that are provided between Estacada Fire and Clackamas Fire District. Further discussion will take place at the November board meeting.

The next board meeting will be Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Mt. Scott Fire Station 5 located at 9339 SE Causey Avenue, Happy Valley, Oregon.
Emergency Medical Services
Community Paramedic Program Receives $7,000 Grant

Clackamas Fire’s Community Paramedic, AmyJo Cook, applied for and was awarded a $7,000 grant from Clackamas County’s Small Grants Program. This grant program supports projects and services that directly reflect the community’s health equity goals. The Community Paramedic frequently performs a needs assessment to see where to focus assistance. The priority for care remains on the reduction of non-essential 911 activations, community outreach, substance use disorder/overdose, homelessness, and connecting residents to resources.

With the funds received, the Community Paramedic is able to assess and overcome most barriers that prevent our community’s most vulnerable from the care they need. One hundred percent of these grant dollars are put directly back into the communities within Clackamas Fire. Connecting people to the resources and programs available create a healthier, more livable community. Our Community Paramedic program has partnered with outside resources to add mobile flu and Hepatitis A/B vaccinations, as services that are now offered to those who would not be able to easily have access to these lifesaving vaccines. Reducing barriers to care, reducing the non-urgent use of the 911 system, reducing those without a permanent home, reducing repeat overdoses/death from opioids, and improving the quality of life for all, remain the central mission of Clackamas Fire’s Community Paramedic.
Safety/Public Education
Health and Safety
Check your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because it often has no symptoms or warning signs and many people do not know they have it.

If you have high blood pressure, your heart is having a difficult time pumping blood through the blood vessels. The easiest way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to monitor it on a regular basis.

It's important to measure your blood pressure regularly. If you haven't had your blood pressure monitored lately, call your physician or visit the health department to have it checked.
Volunteer Highlight
Volunteer Apparatus Operator Joey Danna

I have been a volunteer with Clackamas Fire for four years and am currently a Volunteer Apparatus Operator at Station 12. I am, also, the Vice President of the Volunteer Association Board. I began volunteering with Clackamas Fire because I grew up in Clackamas County, and wanted to serve the community that I call home. I grew up in a very loving home with my parents and two sisters. My Mom, Mary, retired as a grade school teacher from St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Milwaukie. My Dad, Steve, will be retiring in Feb. after 33 years in the fire service. My older sister, Elizabeth, is a grade school teacher in Eugene. My younger sister, Catherine, is a senior at Oregon State University, and will be graduating this spring. I, also, have a very supportive girlfriend, Mikala, who is a nursing student and a gymnastics coach in Clackamas. We have a four-year-old golden retriever named Charlie who loves short walks, duck hunting, and hiding her tennis ball collection.

I enjoy the outdoors and the public lands that we call ours. I am part of a group of off-road enthusiasts called Northwest Jeepers who drive trails on public lands, and take part in trail clean ups in the National Forests in our local areas. I enjoy many things outdoors like camping, fishing the Clackamas River, and archery hunting in eastern Oregon. I, also, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and surfing. One interesting fact that most people don't know about me is that I can play the ukulele and guitar, and was in a classical guitar orchestra.
Volunteer Firefighter Aaron Franchuk

I have been a volunteer with Clackamas Fire for three years. I volunteer out of Station 13 in a very peaceful community known as Clarkes. I, also, serve as the Treasurer on the Volunteer Association Board. My role on the board is to present finances to fellow volunteers and recently assisted in rolling out the new volunteer duty schedule. I have a passion for teaching ground ladders within the volunteer ranks.

My interest for the fire service was sparked when I joined the Explorer program with Portland Fire and Rescue, as part of a high school internship requirement. This led me on an amazing path to join the Explorer program at Clackamas Fire, and eventually becoming a Volunteer Firefighter.

I grew up in Portland to a large Ukrainian family. I have six brothers and two sisters.I have, yet, to start a family of my own. I dedicate a lot of my time to my church with various projects. Lately, I have been helping out with major renovations of our church, as well as building new cabins on our campground out by Astoria. Additionally, I enjoy going on missionary trips with my church to Mexico where we visit rehab centers, orphanages, and other less fortunate than we are. I enjoy exploring Oregon's beautiful landscapes, finding new fishing holes, and snowboarding up on Mt. Hood. Something you may or may not know about me is that I'm currently enjoying life as a Paramedic Intern with Multnomah County AMR.
Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation

Save the date

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation
Benefit auction and dinner

Gray Gables
3009 SE Chestnut St.
Milwaukie, OR

More information to follow
Emergency Management
Winterizing your Vehicle

Fall is in full swing and that means winter weather is just around the corner. Now is the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the treacherous conditions we can experience in the Northwest. Have your vehicle serviced to include the checking of all fluids, wipers and breaks. Having a few items in your car can help keep you safe and comfortable in the event you do break down:

  • Warm jacket, gloves, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Food
  • Water
  • Flashlight
  • Snow chains
  • Shovel
  • Kitty litter
  • Ice scraper

Remember in Oregon that snow tires are legal from Nov. 1 through March 31 .
Upcoming Events
Fire Investigations
September 2018

Date:  9/18/2018 1:03:17 PM
Address: 8709 SE Causey Ave., Happy Valley, OR 97222
Investigator(s):  DeLair
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Cooking area, kitchen
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $35,000
Investigator Narrative: Based on the fire scene examination, physical evidence, witness statements and firefighter statements, this fire originated on top of the stove. Ignition was the result of combustibles being stored on top of the electric burner, and the electric burner being accidentally turned on. This fire was classified as accidental.
Station Activities

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