September 2018
Message from the Chief, Fred Charlton
As the weather changes and fall arrives, Clackamas Fire District #1 is preparing for a number of community events to help keep you safe and support the communities we serve. 
September was Emergency Preparedness Month, with the theme, “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.”  October is Fire Prevention Month and this year’s theme is, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.”  The Fire District will be hosting five community fire station open houses, with one each Saturday during the month and one on Wednesday, October 31. Please see the open house information in the "Upcoming Events" section of the newsletter or visit us at .
During the months of November and December, the Fire District will be asking for your help in supporting two of our annual programs. From October 15 to November 16, we will be collecting gently used coats and blankets, as well as hats, gloves, scarves, and socks for Feed the Hungry, Inc. and the Clackamas Service Center. Our annual Operation Santa Claus program, November 24 to December 10, is focused on helping those in need throughout our community. Donations of new toys and non-perishable food items are received through donation barrels at our community fire stations, 15 community parades, local businesses, schools, and other community partners, and then distributed back into our community. 
Clackamas Fire is focused on meeting our mission, “To safely protect and preserve life and property, ” through emergency response, training, community outreach, public engagement, and fire and life safety education.
Be Safe.
National Preparedness Month
This year’s observance of National Preparedness Month was a great success for the Fire District. Several disaster professionals from around the region joined Emergency Manager Gregg Ramirez in the production of a series of videos addressing a wide range of preparedness topics. The videos were featured on the Fire District's website and social media platforms. and can be found on the Fire District’s Facebook page. Emergency Manager Ramirez was a guest on KGW’s Greater Portland Today morning show and fielded some pretty tough questions on KGON’s Terry Boyd’s world radio program.
Other National Preparedness Month activities included:
  • 4th annual CERT Summit
  • Participation in the Red Cross Prepare Out Loud campaign
  • Community disaster preparedness presentations
  • Clackamas River Water Providers spill exercise
The work of the Emergency Manager never ends. It’s October and time to prepare to be earthquake resilient by participating in the Great Shake Out. This year’s Shake Out will occur on 10/18/18 at 10:18 am. Stay tuned for more information on how you can be more earthquake resilient.
Message from the Board of Directors
New officers were elected at the September 17, 2018 Board of Directors’ meeting. These officers will serve in their positions for one year. 
  • President – Jim Syring
  • Vice President – Don Trotter
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Jay Cross
  • Director – Thomas Joseph
  • Director – Marilyn Wall
Congratulations to the new officers!
The following presentations were given:
  • North Clackamas School District Superintendent Matt Utterback shared information regarding their local option levy that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
  • Deputy Fire Marshal/Captain Kari Shanklin shared the events scheduled for the month of October, which is Fire Prevention Month.
  • Public Information Officer (PIO) Brandon Paxton provided an update of the changes and plans for this department.
The Board approved the following:
  • Proclamation 18-04 – To Designate the Month of October 2018 as Fire Prevention Month.
  • Architectural services contract for the remodel of the Fire District’s Training Center.
The next board meeting will be Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Mt. Scott Fire Station 5 located at 9339 SE Causey Avenue, Happy Valley, Oregon.
Safety/Public Education
Backyard Burning Season to Open on October 15
The Clackamas Fire District #1 backyard burning season has been delayed, due to dry conditions and is tentatively scheduled to open on October 15, 2018 . The backyard burning seasons, dependent on weather conditions, are March 1 – June 15 and October 1 – December 15, unless fire danger levels are “High” or “Extreme.”
Backyard burning is the burning of organic yard debris on the property of origin, on approved burn days, during approved burn hours, as indicated by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Clackamas Fire District #1 has a daily burn message line that is a recording of whether DEQ determined the day to be a burn day. The burn message line is 503.632.0211. The burn information applies to the areas served by Clackamas Fire District #1.
If you reside within the city limits of Happy Valley, the city requires a residential burn permit. For more information, Happy Valley residents can visit the city website at: .
Backyard burning is only allowed on property located outside of the DEQ Burn Ban Area and is not allowed in compact housing developments.
Backyard burning materials must be dried, to the extent practicable, loosely stacked (to provide adequate air supply) to ensure good combustion; therefore, avoiding smoldering fires. If the smoke or odor emission affects others, the fire must be extinguished. Materials prohibited from burning, include but are not limited to, garbage, plastic, rubber, petroleum treated materials, and any other material that creates dense smoke and noxious odors.
Backyard burn piles can be no larger than 10’x10’x10’ and must be a minimum of 50-feet from a structure or other combustible materials. A maximum of two burn piles may be burned at any one time, if space allows. All backyard fires must be attended to at all times and extinguished by the fires out time, which means no flames or smoke beyond the end of the established burn hours.
For more information on backyard burning, associated rules, best burning practices, and all other types of regulated burning, please visit the Open Burning Categories information on our website at .
Health and Safety
Excercise Gets your Brain in Shape as well as your Body
Studies indicate that regular exercise can promote cognitive health. Physical activity can boost mood, alleviate anxiety and depression and improve memory. Aerobic and strength training both have benefits, so make sure they're part of your fitness routine. Click HERE to learn the benefits of exercising.
Employee Highlight
Administrative Assistant Rachel Trotman
I have been working for Clackamas Fire District #1 since September 10, 2018. I am an Administrative Assistant located at our main administration office in Milwaukie. After spending time in the medical field, I was ready for a career change. I love helping people and am excited to get involved more with the community.
I was born and raised in Oregon and have two older siblings. I was married last August, to my wonderful husband Christian! We live in Troutdale with our two cats, Bella and Pixel. I have previously volunteered with the Oregon Food Bank and really enjoyed those opportunities. I would love to volunteer more with them and the Humane Society in the future! I enjoy cooking and baking, as well as watching movies. I also enjoy crafting. I have a passion for traveling and exploring both new and familiar places. Something you may not know about me is that I love decorating for Christmas! Last year, we had a total of three trees in our home: two regular sized and one mini!
Community Outreach
Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge

On Saturday, September 23, 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the Portland Firefighters Stairclimb Challenge. The milestone was celebrated by having more than 450 firefighters from around the world register. Not only did they see record numbers in participation but the challenge raised $175,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

Congratulations to our very own Apparatus Operator Matt Stevens (pictured right) who completed his 10th Portland Stairclimb Challenge. AO Stevens is one of six firefighters who've climbed in all 10 years. Additionally, AO Trent Morgan and Volunteer Firefighter Jeremy Neel climbed this year as well.
Upcoming Events
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
StarCycle Happy Valley Charity Ride Raises $3,000 for Worthy Cause
On September 15, 2018, StarCycle Happy Valley held its second annual “Cycle Under the Stars” charity event at the Happy Valley Crossroads Shopping Center. The indoor spin studio brought their bikes outside to ride under the light of the stars in an effort to raise money for the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation.
This was the second year StarCycle Happy Valley partnered with the City of Happy Valley to rally for a cause, designating the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation as this year’s recipient. Riders donated $45 to ride an outdoor class at either 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., while others purchased raffle tickets to support the fundraiser. With 50 riders during the evening, StarCycle Happy Valley raised $3,000.
“This was our biggest event of the year!” said Heather Hedges, co-owner of StarCycle Happy Valley.
On Thursday, September 27, 2018, StarCycle Happy Valley presented the check to Clackamas Fire District #1 Chief Fred Charlton, who accepted the check on behalf of the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation.
The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation consists of emergency service agencies within Clackamas County and provides assistance to people who’ve been affected by disaster, tragedy, injury or other adversities. To learn more about the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation or to make a donation, please visit Clackamas Fire’s website at .
Photo: From left to right: Firefighter Dallas Oja; Battalion Chief John Hopkins; Happy Valley Police Department Chief Scott Anderson; Fire Chief Fred Charlton; Kelly Mreen and Heather Hedges, co-owners of StarCycle; Lieutenant David Aasland; and Apparatus Operator Alan Pernich.
Fire Investigations
August 2018

Date:  8/1/2018 5:29:43 AM
Address: 14020 SE Arista Dr. Milwaukie, OR 97267
Investigator(s):  Olson
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Courtyard, patio, porch, terrace
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $45,000
Investigator Narrative: The most probable cause of this fire was due to high heat weather conditions, lack of precipitation, and loose combustible material from trees and vegetation. A poorly discarded smoking device was the ignition source. 
Date:  8/2/2018 12:59:13 PM
Address: 5025 SE Jackson St. Milwaukie, OR 97222
Investigator(s):  Stenhouse
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Vehicle storage area; garage, carport
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $200,000
Date:  8/6/2018 6:24:28 AM
Address: 14389 Maplelane Rd. Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s):  McGladrey
Type of Fire: Self-propelled motor home or RV vehicle
Fire Area of Origin:  Vehicle area, other
Fire Cause:  Cause undetermined after investigation
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $8,000
Investigator Narrative: An RV fire with an area of origin inside the RV. There were no obvious competent ignition sources in the area. 
Date:  8/8/2018 3:53:13 PM
Address: 16797 SE 130th Ave. Clackamas, OR 97015
Investigator(s):  Olson
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Processing/manufacturing area, workroom
Fire Cause:  Failure of equipment or heat source
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $35,000
Investigator Narrative: Based on witness statements, fire patterns, and witnessed fire behavior, the fire originated inside the out building where the Styrofoam recycle machine was located. The fire was classified as accidental.
Date:  8/13/2018 1:59:59 AM
Address: 16075 Front Ave. Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s):  Stenhouse
Type of Fire: Fires in structures other than in a building
Fire Area of Origin:  Outside area, other
Fire Cause:  Intentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $30,000
Investigator Narrative: This fire occurred outside and destroyed a picnic table, sitting bench, and playground structure at the school. The fire began to spread to the covered playground structure but firefighting efforts prevented further damage. The fire cause was found to be incendiary. Oregon City police were on scene when firefighters arrived and provided assistance in the investigation. A suspect was identified, apprehended, and is currently being processed through the judicial system.
Date:  8/16/2018 8:38:19 PM
Address: 1839 Molalla Ave. Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s):  Olson
Type of Fire: Inside trash or rubbish fire, contained
Fire Area of Origin:  Bathroom, checkroom, lavatory, locker room
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $1,000
Investigator Narrative: At this time, I was not able to identify a competent ignition source during the night of the fire. It is possible, that human actions poorly discarded a smoldering object into the trash can or provided a piloted ignition source to light weight combustibles resulting in a fire. The fire originated in the Fred Meyer restroom near the cashier work stations.

Date:  8/28/2018 1:17:34 PM
Address: 21672 S Ferguson Rd. Beavercreek, OR 97045
Investigator(s):  Boumann
Type of Fire: Brush or brush-and-grass mixture fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Open area - outside; included are farmland, field
Fire Cause:  Cause under investigation
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $3,100
Investigator Narrative: Brush fire caused by improperly discarded cigarettes. Fire was surrounding home on arrival but due to the quick action by crews, the home was saved.
Date:  8/30/2018 9:32:26 AM
Address: 17563 SE 82nd Dr. Clackamas, OR 97015
Investigator(s):  Amos
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Attic: vacant, crawl space above top story, cupola
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $185,000
Investigator Narrative: Investigators responded to a fire in a single family residence. With the help of a witness, and photos from the early stages of the fire, the cause of the fire was determined to be a bathroom fan failure. The exact cause of the failure was undetermined.
Station Activities

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