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Oregon House Bill Protects Portland Fire Fighters - 06/02/21

The Oregon State Fire Fighters Council (OSFFC) would like to thank our leaders in the Oregon Legislature for their consideration and ultimate passage of House Bill 2915. House Bill 2915 extends to Portland fire fighters the presumption that death, disability, or impairment caused by heart or lung disease are compensable diseases for which career fire fighters are covered since 1961 under the worker’s compensation statute.

Firefighting is inherently a dangerous occupation, but the danger continues to grow with exposures that are unpredictable. During the firefighting process, dangerous chemicals are absorbed, inhaled and ingested due to contact with dust, fumes, vapors, gases and radiation of dangerous and poisonous particulates. According to research by the CDC and National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH), fire fighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population.

OSFFC President, Karl Koenig says, “This critical legislation demonstrates that our elected officials in Oregon recognize fire fighters as being at a higher risk for lung and heart disease. This presumption assures every career firefighter in Portland  and their families now are equal to the rest of Oregon’s fire fighters.”  

Thank you to Representatives Dacia Grayber (District 35) and Representative Janeen Sollman (District 30) and Senators Kate Lieber (District 14) and Rob Wagner (District 19) who were instrumental in leading the charge in this bipartisan bill to the Governor’s Office for her signature. Resulting in the equal protection when heart and lung injuries occur to all career fire fighters in Oregon.

Photo Credit Greg Muhr and Dick Harris - PF&R Photographers

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Off Duty Bend Firefighter Rescues Prineville Woman (Photo) - 05/24/21

Special thanks to Kyle Spurr from the Bend Bulletin for the story on Bend Firefighter Jared Hopper, follow the link for full story. 

https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/off-duty-bend-firefighter-rescues-woman-from-burning-home-in-prineville/article_d073ad88-bb46-11eb-9ca4-dbb8cab7bd67.html

Bend Firefighter/Paramedic Jared Hopper was off-duty Friday morning and on his way to his second job when he saw heavy smoke billowing out of a house in Prineville.

Firefighter Hopper noted the smoke and a distressed neighbor and stopped to find out what was happening. The neighbor said there was a disabled woman who lived in the home on Mariposa Ave.

28 year old Firefighter/Paramedic Hopper, who has worked with Bend Fire Department for three years, didn’t hesitate and ran into the smoke filled home. Inside the home, Hopper found a woman with a broken foot and lifted her into her wheelchair. Hopper made his way out of the smoke filled home before the home became uninhabitable. After pushing her across the street Hopper made sure the woman was ok and didn’t need medical treatment for smoke inhalation.

“It’s a pretty humbling moment, honestly,” Hopper said Saturday. “Looking back at it, it seems like a blur.”

Crook County Fire & Rescue and Prineville Police responded around 10 a.m. to the fire, which was contained to the garage.

Hopper gives credit to the neighbor, who was the first on scene and called 911. The neighbor went into the house and closed all the doors to the garage, which helped keep the fire mostly isolated to the garage, Hopper said.

“The guy who flagged me down, he’s the one who really made a lot of the heroic efforts,” Hopper said. “If he wouldn’t have done that, I don’t think the outcome would have been the same.”

Hopper is grateful he was driving by as the smoke started to spread. He was in his truck on the way to his second job, a concrete business, Hopper Concrete Pumping. 

“She didn’t have much more time before the whole house was full of smoke, the timing just happened to be perfect.” Hopper said.