Monthly news & updates
June 2019 Issue
Directors Re-Elected
Congratulations to Directors Thomas Joseph, Jim Syring, and Marilyn Wall who were re-elected in the May 21, 2019 Special District Election. They will each serve another four year term as a board member. 
 
Chief Charlton gave the oath of office to Directors Thomas Joseph, Jim Syring, and Marilyn Wall.   
Board of Directors Message
At the June 17, 2019 Board of Directors' meeting, the following took place:

The Fire District’s Agent of Record Jeff Griffin from Wilson-Heirgood Associates provided information regarding the annual workers’ compensation renewal.
 
The Board approved the budget for Fiscal 2019-2020. A special thank you to the Budget Committee consisting of citizens Erin Anderson, Charles Gallia, William Gifford, Tim Powell, and Rob Wheeler, and the Fire District’s Board of Directors: Jay Cross, Thomas Joseph, Jim Syring, Don Trotter, and Marilyn Wall.
 
It was followed by the regular board meeting where the Board approved the following:
  • Workers’ compensation renewal
  • Resolution 19-02 – Adopting the Budget, Making Appropriations, and Levying Taxes for Fiscal 2019-2020
  • Resolution 19-03 – Adopting and Appropriating Supplemental Budget for 2018-2019
  • Certification of election results for Directors’ positions
  • Michelle Chao as Trustee for the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Contract with Wilco for fueling services
  • Surplusing of modular home and temporary apparatus bay located at Clackamas Community College
 
The Board also discussed the proposed City of Happy Valley Urban Renewal Plan.
 
The next Board of Directors’ meeting will be Monday, July 15, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Scott Fire Station #5 located at 9339 SE Causey Avenue, Happy Valley, Oregon.
Chief Prepares Dinner for Special Guests
The Fire District provided a gift basket and a dinner prepared by Chief Charlton as an auction item for the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Giving Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. The winner and five guests were invited to Hilltop Station 16 on June 11 to have dinner and receive a station tour. Firefighters from Truck 316 and paramedics from Medic 316 gave the station tour, while Chief Charlton cooked dinner, and was able to join these special guests for dinner.
Preparing for Wildland Season
To protect your home from wildfires, create a defensible space. To provide extra protection, create a defensible space by clearing any brush away from your home or items that could catch fire, such as patio furniture, wood piles, swing sets, etc. Keep a minimum of 30 feet between your home and potential fuel sources. For more information on how you can protect your home, click HERE .
Refining Skills
On June 25, our crews practiced bail out and firefighters self-rescue at Station 14 in Boring. Each of our firefighters wear a harness and carry a bail out rope and hook, in the event they need to quickly escape a room from an upper floor during a fire. Since purchasing this equipment two years ago, it's been used once to rescue a woman trapped in a burning house from a second floor window. 

The rescue was an extremely high-risk incident where quick thinking, extensive training, and experience with bail out equipment paid off. In this incident, Clackamas Fire took 20 years of training our firefighters for self-rescue and turned it into saving a civilian in imminent danger. Here is the link to the full article on the bail out rescue.
May Fire Investigations
Date:  5/3/2019 6:14:14 AM
Address: 13531 Clairmont Way, Oregon City, OR 97045
Investigator(s):  Amos
Type of Fire: Passenger vehicle fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Cargo/trunk area - all vehicles
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $3,000
Investigator Narrative: The fire involved a single passenger vehicle parked outside a home under a carport. It was confined to the vehicle and the contents of the vehicle. There were no injuries or fatalities reported as a result of this fire. There was no known activity in the area prior to the fire, and there were no signs of criminal activity. Upon further investigation, I determined that the fire originated inside the vehicle and was caused by the improper disposal of oily rags.
 
Date:  5/11/2019 3:50:14 PM
Address: 8727 SE Margie Way, Happy Valley, OR 97086
Investigator(s):  McGladrey
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Wall surface: exterior
Fire Cause:  Cause undetermined after investigation
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $30,000
Investigator Narrative: The fire originated in a wooden planter filled with potting soil on the north side of the structure near the master bathroom. The ignition source was undetermined. Based upon information available at the time of the fire, this fire is classified as undetermined. 
 
Date:  5/27/2019 2:54:52 PM
Address: 15065 SE Legacy Ct., Clackamas, OR 97015
Investigator(s):  DeLair
Type of Fire: Building Fire
Fire Area of Origin:  Bathroom, checkroom, lavatory, locker room
Fire Cause:  Unintentional
Estimated Dollar Loss:  $5,000
Investigator Narrative: The fire originated in the bathroom on the west side of the structure. The area of origin is the bathroom exhaust fan. It is probable that ignition was the result of an electrical malfunction. However, the exact ignition source cannot be determined within my scope of expertise. I believe a spark or burning debris fell down into the trash can causing the loose paper items to ignite. Based upon information available to the investigator at the time of the fire, the cause is accidental.
Station Activities
For a detailed list of Incident Types for the month of May, click HERE.