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Sweet Home Fire utilizes Life Flight 2 times in one day. (Photo) - 07/15/24

Sweet Home Fire District has a busy day with technical rescues and a motorcycle wreck. Two patients were transported to local hospitals by Life Flight and a third by ambulance to another local hospital. 

A Sweet Home Medic unit responded to approximately milepost 34 of Quartzville Rd. at approximately 1243, for a reported motorcycle wreck involving one male patient. The Medic crew arrived on scene and activated Life Flight due to the severity of the patients injuries. Life Flight landed at Sunnyside Park where the medic crew met them and transferred patient care. Sweet Home Fire was assisted on scene by Linn County deputies.

At approximately 1715 hours, a Sweet Home Medic unit was dispatched to the Upper Calapooia river for a male patient who had jumped off a rock and broke his leg. The medic crew arrived on scene to find the patient was a quarter mile down a trail and laying in the water. With assistance from Linn County deputies, Linn County SAR, and Lane County SAR the patient was packaged in a stokes and a rope system was utilized to lift the patient to the trail. 

At 2059 hours Sweet Home Fire was dispatched to McDowell Creek Falls for a report of a female patient who had fallen and possibly broken her wrist and knee. Medics arrived on scene and hiked the trail finding the patient had fallen 75-80 off of a water fall. Due to the severity of this patients injuries the medic utilized Life Flight for the fastest transport to a local hospital. The patient was found in the water at the base of the waterfall. With assistance from Linn County deputies, Linn County SAR, and Lebanon Fire District, crews utilized rope systems, and a stokes basket to get the patient to the trail. 

Sweet Home Fire would like to thank our partners from the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Life Flight, Lebanon Fire District, and Lane County SAR for their assistance. The teamwork used to safely and efficiently treat these patients was outstanding.


Shed Fire Rapidly Spreads to Multiple Buildings and Threatens Homes in Sweet Home (Photo) - 07/05/24

Sweet Home Fire units responded to a report of a structure fire spreading into the trees. The fire was discovered by the home owner just before 6:30pm. He noticed an orange glow out of his window. He went outside to investigate and found his storage shed fully involved spreading into a stand of fir trees and towards multiple outbuildings on his property as well as the adjacent property. The first fire unit on scene was a brush truck, staffed by a seasonal grant from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. It arrived 5 minutes after the 911 call was received, to find heavy fire consuming the shed and spreading rapidly to surrounding vegetation, trees, and exposure buildings. Those exposure buildings included two homes, 4 small outbuildings, and 1 storage trailer. All of those structures sustained fire damage. In total, 2 outbuildings and the storage trailer were completely destroyed, 1 of which contained a UTV.  The home to the South which was on the same property where the fire originated, sustained significant fire damage to the exterior on one side as firefighters were unable to access it initially due to arcing power lines which had come down on the roof of that home as a result of the fire. The fire continued burning through vegetation and spotting toward homes to the East as well. Two engines, two ambulances, a ladder truck, a water tender, a brush truck, and three command vehicles responded from SHFAD, with a total of 16 firefighters. Aiding in the firefight were 2 engines, 1 brush rig, and 1 command vehicle with a total of 7 firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry. We were also assisted by multiple units from Sweet Home Police, and 1 Linn County Sheriff's Deputy, those units handled traffic control and crowd management. There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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North River Drive Crash Sends One by Life Flight (Photo) - 06/22/24

At 9:03 pm Sweet Home Fire was dispatched to a report of a motor vehicle crash on North River Drive near Gedney Creek boat ramp. Initial information reported the passenger of the involved vehicle had been ejected with one other patient on scene. 
Sweet Home Fire responded with a Battalion Chief vehicle, two medic units, and a rescue vehicle with a total of nine personnel. 
The incident commander arrived and found a heavily damaged vehicle had struck a group of trees. The ejected occupant was found approximately thirty feet from where the vehicle came to a stop and the driver was able to self extricate with minor injuries. 
Due to the severity of the passengers injuries a Life Flight helicopter was requested to transport the patient. Medics packaged and transported the patient to the helipad located at the Samaritan Urgent Care and transferred care to the Life Flight crew. 
This is the seventh crash Sweet Home Fire has been dispatched to since Friday morning. 

Stranded Kayakers rescued by Sweet Home Fire (Photo) - 06/22/24

At 12:01 pm Sweet Home Fire was dispatched to a report of two stranded kayakers who had flipped their kayaks while traversing the rapids beneath the Green Peter Dam. The kayakers were traveling down river when the water levels quickly began to rise due to the water being let out of the dam. This increase in water flow caused the rapids to become much stronger and they were unable to maintain control of their kayaks causing them to flip. The individuals were able to swim to shore but found themselves trapped on a rock outcropping between the water and thick brush/briars at the base of a very steep hillside. Sweet Home Fire responded with a Battalion Chief vehicle, one medic unit, and one rescue vehicle with a total of eight personnel. Once on scene, the Incident Commander was able to make visual contact with the stranded kayakers who were approximately 200 feet down near the waters edge. A lowering system was made so that rescuers wearing harnesses were able to safely navigate down the embankment while clearing the thick vegetation with a machete. Once contact with the kayakers was made, it was determined that they were shaken but uninjured and were able to be assisted back up the embankment to the road. This is a good reminder that Green Peter Dam routinely lets water out which can quickly and drastically change the condition of the river below it. Be prepared with proper safety equipment and plan accordingly when enjoying our local waterways.

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Sweet Home Crews Respond to a Vehicle That Crashed into Foster Lake (Photo) - 06/21/24

At 5:13 pm this evening Sweet Home Fire was dispatched for a report of a vehicle into the water off of the Foster Dam. Bystanders reported that they witnessed the crash and did not see any occupants escape the vehicle. A Sweet Home ambulance crew was the first to arrive at the scene along with Officers from Sweet Home Police Department. One firefighter and one officer went over the bank to the scene where bystanders were in the water over top of the vehicle attempting to reach it and searching for any occupants. The firefighter entered the water and with the use of an SCBA made continuous attempts to access the inside of the vehicle, which was submerged in an estimated 6 feet of water, to search for the occupants. A Linn County Sheriff's Office boat, which was already on Foster Lake at the time of the incident, arrived on scene and supported rescue efforts. Sweet Home Fire crews arrived with a second boat, a second ambulance, and an Incident Commander. Attempts to locate any occupants of the vehicle were unsuccessful. The rescue operations were terminated after approximately 45 minutes of searching, and the scene was turned over to the Linn County Sheriff's Office who were awaiting their dive team's arrival. At this time it is suspected that the driver was the only occupant. Linn County Sheriff's Office will be handling the investigation. No other details are available at this time.