January 2018
Clackamas Fire's Community Newsletter
Message from the Chief, Fred Charlton
As Clackamas Fire District #1 kicks off 2018, we reflect on all of the challenges and opportunities that 2017 brought us. Here is a year in review:
  • Firefighters responded to a record number of emergency and non-emergency responses totaling over 24,000.
  • We responded to eight major wildfire Conflagrations across Oregon and California.  
  • We welcomed new employees, promoted the very best and retired many who collectively had nearly 175 years serving our community.
  • Community event attendance and public education was at an all-time high to include safety fairs, celebrations, open houses, fire station tours, ground breakings for new facilities and National Night Out.
  • Our Operation Santa Program had a record setting year – 15 community parades, 19 Fire Stations, 32 businesses and numerous community groups collected food and toys resulting in 57,000 pounds of food and over 8,400 toys collected and distributed to over 400 families in need across the communities we serve.
  • We continued to focus on reinvesting in Clackamas Fire through our 2015 general obligation bond to include purchasing new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for all career and volunteer firefighters, began construction on a new Fleet and Logistics building that is expected to open this summer, broke ground on a new Fire Station in Oregon City and the community of Damascus and completed numerous facility improvement projects.
Heading into 2018, we reopened the current Damascus Community Fire Station, which was closed due to an electrical fire; we are preparing a fiscally responsible and transparent budget; leadership development and succession planning; continuing to focus on the goals and objectives in our Strategic Business Plan and ensuring we continue to meet our mission – “To Safely Protect and Preserve Life and Property.”
Expanding Services in 2018
2018 will bring a number of enhancements as the Fire District continues to improve and expand our service delivery. We are excited to see the following changes:
  • We hired, trained, and welcomed four new employees who will be filling a new role for the Fire District. These new employees are paramedics only and not firefighters, allowing us to deploy them on two smaller medic units to help get to your emergency faster. Photo, pictured from left to right: Dan Dyquisto, Kristin Lind, Ashley Hagey, and Harold Chaves.
  • The Eagle Creek Community now has a staffed fire unit 40-hours per week with career firefighters/paramedics as a result of a federally funded staffing grant. Additional staffing will be through our volunteer firefighters.
  • Three new Battalion Chiefs to help with command and control of major emergencies have been added to the Fire District’s east battalion designated as the communities of Barton, Boring, Carver, Damascus, Eagle Creek, and parts of Pleasant Valley.
  • The Fire District hired nine new entry-level firefighters in January to help fill a number of upcoming retirements.
  • A new recruit class of 15 volunteer firefighter and support personnel completed a five-month long training academy and will be serving the Fire District from our three volunteer community fire stations.
Message from the Board of Directors
At the January 22, 2018 Board of Directors’ meeting, the following took place:
Presentations:
  • Chief Charlton presented the Business Appreciation Award to Pacific Seafood for their generous donation of the use of one of their warehouses for housing the food and toys for Operation Santa Claus.
  • Battalion Chief Steve Deters presented an update of the Operation Santa Claus program. There were 15 community parades; 34 local businesses and agencies along with three schools, 19 fire stations, the Oregon National Guard, and several community groups who collected food and toys; 57,000 pounds of food was collected; 8,400 toys were collected; and 411 families were helped.
  • The Fire District’s Lobbyist, Genoa Ingram with Court Street Consulting, presented an overview of discussions that would be held during this legislative session.
The annual meeting of the Member of the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation was held to approve the 2018 budget.
The second reading was held of Ordinance 18-01 – Repealing Ordinance 09-01: Adopting Cost-Based Fees and Rates for Non-Emergency Response Services and Allowing for Future Board Amendment of Fees and Rates by Resolution.
The Board approved the following:
  • Ordinance 18-01
  • Updated Board Policy Manual
  • Hose and Ladder Testing Three-Year Contract
  • Type III Apparatus Purchase
  • Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) In-Service Emergency Distribution
The next board meeting will be Monday, February 26, 2018, at 6:30 pm at Mt. Scott Fire Station 5 located at 9339 SE Causey Avenue, Happy Valley, Oregon.
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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.
Woodstoves and Fireplaces:
  • Be sure the fireplace or stove is installed properly. Woodstoves should have adequate clearance (36”) 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 your fireplace fire 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.
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.
Remember, it is important to always have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home!
Health and Safety
Blood Pressure vs Heart Rate (Pulse)

Understanding the difference between blood pressure and pulse: While your blood pressure is the force of your blood moving through your blood vessels, your heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Visit HERE to link to the article from the American Heart Association.
Employee Highlights
Administrative Assistant Melissa Fielman

I began working at Clackamas Fire District #1 at the beginning of January 2018. My role is an Administrative Assistant with our Operations Division. I think it's great to be able to support those helping our communities and this is a great opportunity to be able to do just that. I just moved to Oregon this past summer with my partner and our cat. We came from Indiana, where our families still live. Some of my hobbies include running, cycling, hiking, camping, snowboarding, and reading. I am also a photographer. In interesting fact that others may not know about me is that I've lived in Spain and Germany and hope to go back in the future.
Training Technician Austin Thiele

I have been working with Clackamas Fire District #1 since January 8, 2018. I am the current Training Technician for the District. I will be involved with the academies and preparing the drill grounds for training. I've wanted to work within the fire service since I received my associates degree and started going on ride alongs. I have never met a Clackamas Fire employee that doesn't truly believe they have the best job. This is what I want in a career and I believe I've found that with Clackamas Fire. I've been married to my wife, Amanda, for almost four years now. We have a beautiful little girl together. Her name is Aria and she is 8 months old. I have been volunteering with Clackamas Fire since 2015 and have done some volunteer work with American Red Cross as well as Habitat for Humanity. I'm very passionate about hunting and anything outdoors. I do my best to make time every year to get out in the woods and take that opportunity to relax and recharge. I’m also passionate about conservation and making sure we have public lands for future generations. I enjoy woodworking and usually have more than one project going on at a time.
Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation
Art Johnston Memorial Scholarship

The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation sponsors college scholarships to  students who have chosen to pursue a course of study related to emergency services professions. Applicants for the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation’s Art Johnston Memorial Scholarship must be a high school senior, high school graduate and/or continuing college student. Eligibility to apply for the program requires the applicant to be one of the following: 1) a resident of Clackamas County whose college studies are directed towards a career in fire science, law enforcement or emergency medical response, 2) an employee or volunteer of an organization who is a member of the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation for a minimum of three years who wants to further their education in fire science, law enforcement or emergency medical response, or 3) a child of that employee or volunteer, or the child of a deceased or retired employee or volunteer whose college studies will lead toward a career in fire science, law enforcement or emergency medical response. Applications and further eligibility requirements are available at the Administration Office or may be found on the Fire District’s website at   www.clackamasfire.com/foundation.html

Completed forms are due by May 4, 2018 at the Administration Office located at 11300 SE Fuller Rd, Milwaukie, OR 97222. Please spread the word.
Upcoming Events
Stairclimb Fundraiser at Valley Growlers

Join the Clackamas Fire Seattle Stairclimb Team for the 4th Annual Clackamas Firefighter at Valley Growlers, 15735 SE Happy Valley Town Center Dr., Happy Valley, to help raise money for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. Firefighters will be practicing for the climb in full gear on a stair stepper, raffle prizes and tickets can be purchased for $1 each, and 10% of Valley Growler sales from 12-4 pm will be donated. More information can be founded on our Facebook or by visiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's website.
Sponsors Needed for the Foundation Dinner/Auction

The Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation will be holding its 7th annual Benefit Auction and Dinner on March 10, 2018 at the Abernethy Center, 606 15th Street, Oregon City to support Clackamas County residents in need. Click HERE for more information.
December Fire Investigations
Date:  12/1/2017 3:43:11 PM
Address: 12744 SE River Rd. Milwaukie, OR 97222
Investigator(s): Amos
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin: Bathroom, checkroom, lavatory, locker room
Fire Cause:  Cause undetermined after investigation
Estimated Dollar Loss: $8,000
Investigator Narrative: The fire occurred in a bathtub in a vacant house. After the investigation, an ignition source could not be located.

Date:  12/5/2017 1:32:20 PM
Address: 821 Main St. Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s): Amos
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin: Computer room, control room or center
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss: $35,000
Investigator Narrative: The fire occurred in the basement of a Clackamas County Court building, and originated in a UPS. The cause of the equipment failure is unknown. The fire was controlled by the activation of a single fire sprinkler.

Date:  12/6/2017 3:49:08 PM
Address: 23815 SE Filbert Rd. Eagle Creek, OR 97022
Investigator(s): DeLair
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin: Vehicle storage area; garage, carport
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss: $319,804
Investigator Narrative: The area of origin was the garage. Ignition was the result of a flame held to a curtain until flaming combustion was achieved. This fire is classified as accidental.

Date:  12/14/2017 12:44:03 PM
Address: 15275 S Rosenbaum Rd. Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s): DeLair
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin: Open area - outside; included are farmland, field
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss: $13,000
Investigator Narrative: The area of origin was the 6ft x 4ft chicken coop. The cause of the fire was a heat source too close to combustibles, when the heat lamp made contact with the hay on the floor of the chicken coop. This fire is classified as accidental.
Date:  12/20/2017 12:54:58 PM

Address: 26313 SE Hwy 224. Eagle Creek, OR 97022
Investigator(s): Olson
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin: Cooking area, kitchen
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss: $32,500
Investigator Narrative: The fire originated on the kitchen stove. The cause of the fire was unattended cooking.
Apparatus Summary Reports by Apparatus Station
December 2017
Beavercreek/Clarkes Area
Station 10 – Beavercreek Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 10 Apparatus           77
Number of Medical Aid Calls        36
Number of Fires   10
Other    31
Station 13 – Clarkes Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 13 Apparatus           18
Number of Medical Aid Calls    10
Number of Fires    0
Other    8
City of Milwaukie Area
Station 1 – Town Center Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 1 Apparatus            299
Number of Medical Aid Calls   191
Number of Fires    11
Other    97
Station 2 – Milwaukie Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 2 Apparatus             171
Number of Medical Aid Calls   110
Number of Fires  10
Other    5 1
Station 3 – Oak Grove Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 3 Apparatus           454
Number of Medical Aid Calls    341
Number of Fires 10
Other 103
Station 4 – Lake Road Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 4 Apparatus             181
Number of Medical Aid Calls 115
Number of Fires 21
Other 45
City of Happy Valley Area
Station 5 – Mt. Scott Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 5 Apparatus             200
Number of Medical Aid Calls    130
Number of Fires    20
Other     50
Station 6 – Happy Valley Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 6 Apparatus             113
Number of Medical Aid Calls   83
Number of Fires    10
Other    20
City of Happy Valley/City of Damascus Area
Station 8 – Clackamas Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 8 Apparatus             147
Number of Medical Aid Calls    89
Number of Fires    13
Other   45
Logan/Redland Area
Station 11 – Redland Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 11 Apparatus           59
Number of Medical Aid Calls    44
Number of Fires    4
Other    11
Station 12 – Logan Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 12 Apparatus           17
Number of Medical Aid Calls 10
Number of Fires 4
Other 3
City of Oregon City Area
Station 9 – Holcomb Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 9 Apparatus             66
Number of Medical Aid Calls 43
Number of Fires 6
Other 17
Station 15 – John Adams Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 15 Apparatus         144
Number of Medical Aid Calls     84
Number of Fires    21
Other     39
Station 16 – Hilltop Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 16 Apparatus           282
Number of Medical Aid Calls    198
Number of Fires   14
Other   70
Station 17 – South End Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 17 Apparatus           80
Number of Medical Aid Calls 51
Number of Fires 6
Other 23
Boring/Damascus Area
Station 7 – Pleasant Valley Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 7 Apparatus             66
Number of Medical Aid Calls    37
Number of Fires    6
Other    23
Station 14 – Boring Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 14 Apparatus         104
Number of Medical Aid Calls   64
Number of Fires   7
Other     33
Station 18 – Eagle Creek Fire Station*
Total Number of Responses for Station 18 Apparatus           1
Number of Medical Aid Calls      0
Number of Fires    1
Other    0
Station 19 – Damascus Fire Station
Total Number of Responses for Station 19 Apparatus         52
Number of Medical Aid Calls    31
Number of Fires    6
Other     15
District – Wide
In 2016, the total apparatus responses in December were 2,790 and in 2017 were 2,541, which is a 8.92% decrease.
In 2016, the total apparatus responses from January - December were 29,657 and in 2017 were 31,036, which is a 4.65% increase.