Portland Comm. Jo Ann Hardesty
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News Release
Commissioner Hardesty Statement on Heroic Early Morning Rescue Operation by Portland Fire & Rescue - 05/11/22

In the earliest hours of the morning, a large 4 alarm fire erupted at the Hope N Care residential care facility in outer Southeast Portland. This had the potential to be a mass casualty event had it not been for the heroism of the care facility employees and Portland Fire & Rescue’s Fire Fighters, who together evacuated everyone in the building and prevented a horrible tragedy. 

I want to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to everyone that was involved in this successful, lifesaving operation – Our IAFF Local 43 Fire Fighters at Portland Fire & Rescue, the Hope N Care staff, Portland Police Bureau, AMR, TriMet, Red Cross, and mutual aid partners Clackamas County Fire and Gresham Fire. 

This timely response saved lives and underscores the importance of a well-resourced Fire Bureau that maintains 4 person crews. These dangerous fires demand extra resources throughout the entire City and I’m thankful to all that stepped up to ensure the continuation of services for all Portlanders while this rescue operation was underway. Portland Fire & Rescue is well prepared for these moments under the leadership of Chief Boone and as Fire Commissioner, you will always have a champion to improve the resources, health, and wellness of Portland’s bravest. Thank you for all you do to keep Portland safe. 

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