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Lebanon Paramedics Deliver CPR Instruction To Students (Photo) - 05/10/17

Eighth graders at Seven Oak Middle School were introduced to the world of saving lives today through a partnership between their school and the Lebanon Fire District. Seven Oak teacher Leah Rainey approached the fire district with the idea a few months ago and LFD jumped at the opportunity to help. LFD paramedics Mark Fitzwater and Candace McHuron (who are also certified CPR instructors) spent the entire school day teaching CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use to 186 students. They were assisted by LFD Student Intern Jamin Hooley who is currently in the Chemeketa Community College Paramedic program.

Students were taught how to assess an unconscious patient, activate the 911 system, apply and use an AED, and perform chest compressions at the proper depth and rate.

"The reality is that you don't have to be a certain age to save a life", said Jason Bolen, LFD Division Chief in charge of public education. "Today we sent 186 students out into the world with life-saving skills. If they encounter a person experiencing sudden cardiac arrest they now know exactly what to do. Programs like this reduce the risk of death from sudden cardiac arrest in our community."

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death among adults over the age of 40 in the United States. In the U.S. alone, approximately 326,200 people of all ages experience SCA each year and nine out of 10 victims die. In fact, the number of people who die each year from SCA is roughly equivalent to the number who die from Alzheimers disease, assault with firearms, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, diabetes, HIV, house fires, motor vehicle accidents, prostate cancer and suicides combined. SCA is a life-threatening condition--but it can be treated successfully through early intervention with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation, advanced cardiac life support, and mild therapeutic hypothermia. When bystanders intervene by giving CPR and using automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before EMS arrives, four out of 10 victims survive.

Bolen says programs like today's class at Seven Oak are part of a broader focus by the Lebanon Fire District known as Community Risk Reduction.

"Community Risk Reduction involves taking steps to identify the current risks present within your community and provide interventions to ultimately lower those risks." he said. "The goal is to give our students and our community the necessary tools to keep their families as safe as possible."

The Lebanon Fire District hopes to provide more classes like this in the 2017-18 school year. For more information on CPR and AED instruction, contact the Lebanon Fire District at 541-451-1901.

*** HD video clips of today's event are located on the LFD YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjTxDBuPbD3DPAybCkCgEvg ***

Lebanon Fire District Preps For "Community Appreciation Day" - 05/10/17

The Lebanon Fire District is putting the finishing touches on plans for their annual Community Appreciation Day being held on Saturday May 20th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is the second year that the event will be held at its new home of Lebanon's Cheadle Lake Park, directly across the street from fire station 34, and it will be the biggest event yet according to organizers.
The event is being billed as an opportunity for the whole family to see, do, learn and give. LFD apparatus and equipment will be on display alongside a number of other public safety and community agencies.
"This year we have so many activities lined up for people to participate in, not to mention all the local community agencies who will be there to display their services and hand out materials." said LFD Division Chief Jason Bolen. "We'll have the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District ladder truck here, the Albany Fire Department is bringing the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Regional HAZMAT Team trailer, Oregon State Police will have a large display, the Lebanon Police Department will be here to distribute bike helmets to kids who need one, the Linn County Sheriff's Office will be here with their K-9; there's just going to be a lot of things to see and experience!"
There are two helicopter landings scheduled at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and visitors can see both the REACH and Life Flight helicopters up close and personal. The Oregon National Guard will be on hand with a vehicle and equipment display, as will the Oregon Department of Forestry. Kids can also participate in a Junior Firefighter Challenge which mimics the activities of real firefighters. There will be two challenge courses set up: One for pre-school through 1st grade and another for 2nd grade and older. Home Depot will provide a building activity workshop for kids at the event and booths will also feature face painting and snow cones for little ones.
Several local service organizations will also be at the event to hand out materials and provide information about the services they provide. These include the American Red Cross, the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, the Lebanon Masonic Lodge, and the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce who will have free Lebanon info and be selling wristbands for the upcoming Lebanon Strawberry Festival Carnival.
There will be opportunities to learn some valuable hands-on skills at this year's event too. Hands-only CPR and Automated External Defibrillator drop-in trainings will be held at the top of each hour from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and a fire extinguisher training course will be held at the bottom of each hour from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm utilizing the fire district's live fire training prop.
In addition to the new CPR and fire extinguisher classes there are a few other things making their debut at this year's event. The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on hand for those wishing to give blood. Donors can schedule an appointment online with the Red Cross or just walk up to the Bloodmobile and make their donation. There will also be a number of food vendors on hand including the Toxic Wings and Fries food cart from Eugene and Lebanon's own Stick A Pork In It. Bolen says he hopes the festival-style environment encourages families to come early and enjoy the entire event from start to finish.
"We think it's important to demonstrate to our community all of the services that we can offer them." Bolen said. "If we can provide our kids and adults with a life-saving skill while they have a great time with their friends and family, then we think that's a winning combination."
The highlight of the day for kids always seems to be the fire engine rides. The line forms pretty early in the day and multiple fire engines take kids on a loop around the area with a little siren and lights thrown in to make the experience complete.
"Our community is just so supportive of us, and we love putting on this event for them to say thank you for supporting what we do." Bolen stated. "This day celebrates our entire organization and the fantastic community partners that we work with daily. We love serving our community, and this is a great way to show it!".
There is no charge for the Community Appreciation Day and parking at the Cheadle Lake Park Festival Site is also free. The Lebanon Fire District Community Appreciation Day is on Saturday May 20th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm across the street from 4000 Weirich Drive in Lebanon.
***Local media agencies are invited and encouraged to attend this event for story opportunities. LFD would request all media representatives contact Division Chief Jason Bolen (jbolen@lebanonfire.com; 541-619-6193) for information or special requests***

(L-R) John Paul Crowe, Jacob Mellander, Brad McInnis, Jason Read, Casey Topp, Annette Duerr, Bob Berry, Troy VanLoovan, Kathryn Sears Not Pictured: Blaine Suing, Nick Tyler
(L-R) John Paul Crowe, Jacob Mellander, Brad McInnis, Jason Read, Casey Topp, Annette Duerr, Bob Berry, Troy VanLoovan, Kathryn Sears Not Pictured: Blaine Suing, Nick Tyler
Lebanon Firefighters Sprint From District Awards Banquet To Fight Structure Fire; One Civilian Injured (Photo) - 04/28/17

On April 27th the members of the Lebanon Fire District gathered to honor the service and accomplishments of their peers. The District held it's annual banquet at the Boulder Falls Event Center which was attended by over 100 district members and their family. LFD members range between less than one year of service all the way up to their most senior volunteer, Captain Bob Berry, who marked his 58th year with the district.

Firefighters from the Albany Fire Department and Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance District provided coverage for Lebanon during the event in an attempt to allow on-duty members to attend the ceremony. Their coverage was quickly put to use, as a working structure fire with possible trapped victims was reported just as the awards banquet got underway. On-duty LFD crews quickly responded from the banquet, and along with the Albany and Sweet Home crews they extinguished the blaze and transported one victim to Lebanon Community Hospital with smoke inhalation.

The Lebanon Fire District administration is extremely proud of the work that their members do each day, and they know that their members are just as proud of their peers. "We are fortunate to work with such an incredibly inspiring group of people every day, and the community of Lebanon is lucky to have such a dedicated group serving on behalf of the Lebanon Fire District." said Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe.

Below is a list of this years award recipients:

Glenn "Pappy" Yocum Memorial EMS Award- Jacob Mellander

Jacob is an excellent paramedic with a great bedside manner. Jacob has received several letters of commendation from patients who state how well they were treated. He shows great commitment, confidence and compassion.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Volunteer Firefighter of the Year- Brad McInnis

Brad has become an integral part of the Lebanon Fire District over the past year. He has stepped up and helped out with training and many District events. It is obvious that Brad enjoys what he does and pushes himself to become better all the time.

Albert J. Smith Memorial Career Firefighter of the Year- Blaine Suing

Blaine is an outstanding firefighter on emergency scenes and in daily operations. His pride in ownership is apparent in the way he takes care of the District apparatus. He always works extremely hard and does a fantastic job.

Jeff Cole Memorial Volunteer Officer of the Year-John Paul Crowe

John Paul is a great advocate for his community and his station. He is a very competent and confident responder. He always has a great attitude and willingness to help and teach others.

Jeff Cole Memorial Career Officer of the Year- Nick Tyler

Nick has done an outstanding job of recruiting new members to the District. He is a great motivator, teacher and leader. He is always willing to help and give others advice.

Bob Berry Outstanding Volunteer Member Award- Troy VanLoovan

Troy is dedicated and has become one of our most valuable volunteers over the past year. From incident response to cooking hotdogs to spreading gravel at substations, he can always be counted on. He is always up for a challenge, and obtained his Fire Officer 1 this year.

Bob Berry Outstanding Career Member Award- Annette Duerr

Annette is an exceptional employee who works tirelessly at her desk. She is extremely efficient and exceeded industry standards in percentage of revenue. She is a pleasure to have around the front office.

Intern Firefighter of the Year- Jason Read

Jason has surpassed all expectations of his new intern role this last year. He is a very hard worker and completed countless inspections. He takes his job very seriously and is a true professional to the public.

Support Volunteer of the Year- Kathryn Sears

Kathryn Sears is a fantastic support volunteer who is always willing to lend a hand in whatever area needs some extra attention. We're thankful for her efforts and willingness to help the district.

Rookie of the Year- Casey Topp

Casey is a passionate member of the District. He is very involved with drill and District events. His dedication and love for the job is apparent to all who work with him.

Bruce Parton Community Service Award- Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan

Bob Berry and Troy VanLoovan perform a large amount of community outreach for the District. Bob and Troy have cooked thousands of hotdogs and burgers over the years for various community events. They truly have made an impact in this community.

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Lebanon Fire District Awarded $1.5M Seismic Rehabilitation Grant (Photo) - 04/28/17

Lebanon Fire District Chief Gordon Sletmoe received word this week that his department has been selected to receive a $1,497,555 grant for seismic rehabilitation of the Lebanon Fire District's aging main station located at 1050 W. Oak Street.

The grant is from the state of Oregon competitive grant program that provides funding for the seismic rehabilitation of critical public buildings, particularly public schools and emergency services facilities. For emergency services facilities, the emphasis is on first responder buildings. This includes: hospital buildings with acute inpatient care facilities, fire stations, police stations, sheriff's offices, 9?1?1 centers and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).

Eligible activities for the grant include structural improvements, architecture and engineering expenses, and overall project management. Applications were evaluated by a statutorily designated grant committee, which represents the education sector, emergency services, local government and other state agencies. Scoring and ranking criteria was determined by the grant committee and included project readiness, scope of work, and the importance of the building in the community it serves.

Grant funds will be used to seismically stabilize the aging main fire station. Constructed in 1975, Station 31 has been renovated and added onto no fewer than five times over the past 42 years. The industry standard for a fire station's average lifespan is 40 years, and LFD has worked hard to maintain Station 31 so well and extend it's life, but with aging facilities comes upkeep and stability issues and this seismic grant will help to address some of those deficiencies.

What once housed a a small handful of firefighters running a few hundred calls per year in the 1970's is now bursting at the seams as the headquarters station for 24 firefighters, 10 student interns, the district's training division, fire & life safety division, and the administrative offices. In 2016 the Lebanon Fire District responded to 6,070 emergency calls for service, and there are no indications of that call volume slowing down as the city of Lebanon continues to rapidly grow.

For more information on this story contact Fire Chief Gordon Sletmoe at 541-451-1901.

Kitchen fire in Lebanon summons fire crews - 04/27/17

Lebanon, Sweet Home and Albany Fire crews responded to a report of a house fire Thursday evening. Initial reports were of a kitchen fire at 3295 Lupine in Lebanon. First arriving crews found dark smoke coming from the structure with 2 adult females and 2 toddlers outside. The adults were in the process of cooking when a grease fire started which quickly began to spread. The pan was accidently knocked to the floor which caused the smoke and flames to rapidly increase. Attempts by the occupants were made to extinguish the fire with no success. Fire crews performed an aggressive interior attack and quickly extinguished the fire before it could progress further. One female occupant suffered minor burns and may have breathed some smoke and was transported by ambulance to Lebanon Community Hospital for evaluation. Damage was extensive to the kitchen with significant smoke and heat damage to the rest of the residence. Red Cross and FireCorps are arranging accommodations for the occupants.