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Camper fire in Juniper Ridge 2-1-23 (Photo) - 02/01/23

Bend Fire Department was dispatched to a reported motorhome and encampment on fire in Juniper Ridge as noted by multiple callers. Crews arrived to find the motorhome and camp fully involved but had not spread to neighboring camps. The occupant had already escaped the motorhome and was safely in another vehicle away from the fire when we arrived. 

The main fire was stopped quickly but took another hour to fully extinguish due to the extent of what had burned. Bend Fire Department engines were assisted by a water tender from Redmond Fire and Rescue and deputies from DCSO. The fire was determined to be caused by a failed heater I the motorhome. The failure allowed the propane tank to catch fire and spread to the rest of the vehicle and adjacent materials. One motorhome, 2 vehicles and an adjacent tarped area were destroyed in the fire. Damages were estimated at $20,000 for the vehicles and contents lost. No injuries were reported. 

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Early Morning Fire in Bend - 01/27/23

At 05:46 am on January 27, 2023, Bend Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the area of 720 NW Florida.  Upon arrival, crews found brush and vegetation on fire, and were able to quickly extinguish the fire without damage to nearby structures or vehicles.  Upon investigation it was determined that the fire was intentionally set.  Further investigation is being conducted by the City of Bend Police Department and anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact them at (541) 322-2960.

Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Camper Fire on Hunnell Road (Photo) - 01/21/23

At 3:50 pm on January 21, Bend Fire & Rescue crews responded to a report of a small camper on fire on Hunnell Road just north of Cooley Road.  Arriving units found the pickup-style camper fully engulfed, but were able to quickly extinguish the fire without it spreading to other vehicles or adjacent brush.  Total loss is estimated at $1,500.  

The occupant of the camper, who was unidentified, left the scene prior to fire department arrival.  On investigation, the fire was determined to be accidental in nature, and related to smoking inside the camper.  

When the first fire crews arrived, they found that another motorhome was parked directly in front of the fire hydrant. Bend Fire & Rescue would like to remind drivers to never park blocking a fire hydrant; in fact, Oregon law prohibits parking within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.  Please help your first responders by keeping hydrants clear and unobstructed at all times.  For more safety tips, visit our website at https://www.bendoregon.gov/government/departments/fire-rescue/education-safety-tips.

Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Photo courtesy of Bend Fire & Rescue
Media Invitation - Bend Fire & Rescue Ice Rescue Training (Photo) - 01/10/23

MEDIA ONLY, NOT FOR PUBLIC

Bend Fire & Rescue would like to invite our local media to attend our annual ice rescue training, which will be on Wednesday, January 11 at 9:00 am.  The location is the pond at Discovery Park, 1315 NW Discovery Park Drive in the Northwest Crossing area.  

Ice rescues, while infrequent in Central Oregon, are a highly dangerous operation that requires specialized training, protective clothing, and equipment.  The many variables involved mean that there is no such thing as a standard ice rescue, each operation requires a plan based on the environment, ice thickness, current, and many other factors.  

Please join us at Discovery Park tomorrow and watch your Bend Firefighters as they train for this high risk type of rescue.

Ice Safety Tips For Public:

  • There is no such thing as 100% safe ice.
  • It takes a minimum of 4 inches of solid clear ice to support the weight of a person.
  • The strength and quality of ice is affected by temperature, wind, sun exposure, current below, refreezing, and many other factors.
  • Your best best is to stay off the ice!  Keep pets off the ice as well.
  • If a person falls through the ice, call 911!  Never go out onto the ice yourself, you risk falling through as well.  Call to the victim, encourage them and let them know help is on the way.  If you can safely do so from shore, extend a ladder, rope, tree branch, or other item that the person can grasp to pull themselves out.  

 

Bend Fire & Rescue Celebrates Staffing a Fire Engine at Station 306 - 01/09/23

On Tuesday, January 10, Bend Fire & Rescue and the Deschutes Rural Fire Protection District No. 2 will place a new fire engine into service at Station 306, located at the base of Pilot Butte (425 NE 15th Street). 

The community is invited to attend and participate in the traditional push-in celebration and ceremony at 10 a.m. The “push-in” ceremony has been a fire department tradition since the 1800’s where the community helps push the new apparatus into the station to celebrate the beginning of its service to the community. 

Station 306 opened in 2019, but due to staffing limitations, the station has been staffed with only a medic unit and not a fire engine. Thanks to a partnership between the City of Bend, Rural Fire Protection District, and the community, Bend Fire & Rescue is now able to staff an engine at this fire station. 

“This is the first engine we have added to our operations to serve our community since the year 2000”, stated Fire Chief Todd Riley. “We are excited to have an engine responding from the core of our city which will improve our response times to emergencies in both the city and the rural district.”