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FEMA Grant-Funded Safety Gear Deployed to Firefighters - 07/16/21

On Monday, July 12, 235 new Scott 3X Pro self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and 700 air cylinders were deployed on all Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue frontline fire apparatus, thanks to a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

The grant application was submitted on behalf of all Washington County fire agencies by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue. Awarded grant funds were allocated to TVF&R, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection District, Cornelius Fire Department, Cornelius Rural Fire Protection District, Gaston Rural Fire District, Banks Fire District, and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue to replace their current air pack equipment that was nearing and/or had reached their end of service life.

Extensive testing of multiple brands of SCBAs was performed before picking an option that included technological innovations and universal features that greatly improve firefighter performance and safety when battling fires. Advancements include enhanced communication and amplification, which is critical to ensuring efficient and effective firefighting efforts and overall safety for responders. The selected air pack is also more ergonomic and lighter weight, allowing for a wider range of motion and reduced risk of injury.

“Replacing our air packs to the Scott 3X Pro model will be a game changer when it comes to firefighter performance and safety,” states TVF&R Respiratory Protection Program Coordinator, John Lee, who led the deployment effort Monday. “The new SCBAs have technologically advanced capabilities that far surpass our existing, aged equipment. We are grateful for the coordinated effort by our Washington County fire agency partners, who helped secure the grant, making this SCBA replacement come to fruition.”

The FEMA grant awarded to the Washington County fire agencies will cover 90% of overall costs for the regional SCBA replacement, with each agency contributing to the remaining 10% of the cost. By coordinating regionally, this also standardized equipment with all fire agencies, who often respond mutually on larger fires.

UPDATE: Firefighters Dispatched to Gas Leak Near Providence Newberg. - 07/15/21

UPDATE: NW Natural has mitigated the gas leak. Providence Drive and Highway 99W have both REOPENED to traffic. Providence Newberg Medical Center is now available to take new patients and visitors. Evacuations have all been lifted and everyone can return back to their buildings and homes. Please use caution in the area as crews will remain on scene. 

On July 15 at 5:56 p.m., firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue were dispatched to a gas leak at a construction site adjacent to Providence Newberg Medical Center off Highway 99W and Providence Drive.

Highway 99W at Providence Drive is CLOSED in both directions to all traffic and people seeking medical care at Providence Newberg Hospital will need to divert to another nearby hospital until the gas line is repaired and the scene is deemed safe.

We understand this may cause inconvenience and appreciate the cooperation. Safety is our highest priority.

NW Natural is working as quickly as possible to repair the gas line. It’s not clear when the repairs will be complete.

Oregon State Police, Oregon Department of Transportation, Newberg-Dundee Police Department, and Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (911 dispatch) have assisted with this incident.

An updated notification will be sent out as soon as the scene is clear and can safely return to normal operations and access to all traffic.

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Tualatin Valley Firefighters Deploy to Florida to Provide Peer Support to Rescue Workers - 07/09/21

Tigard, OR- In response to the recent building collapse in Surfside, Florida, the International Association of Firefighters requested the services of Tualatin Valley Firefighters’ Peer Support Team. 

Firefighters Jeff Campbell, Brandon Henry, and Kyle Leonard were deployed for six days to provide peer support counseling to urban search and rescue workers, firefighters, and their families who were affected by the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse. 

The building collapse was a tragic event requiring a nationwide response. Fire departments across the Miami region and urban search and rescue workers from around the United States were deployed to the scene to search for victims. Peer Support Team Lead Jeff Campbell said, “Our primary role was to assist Miami Dade firefighters and their families work through and process mental health issues related to the building collapse.” 

In the past few years, there has been increased awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and job-related mental health illness in fire and emergency services. It is estimated that 20 percent of firefighters and emergency responders will suffer some form of job-related mental illness or PTSD during the life of their careers. 

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and the Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union partnered in 2018 to create a Peer Support Team. More than 60 people were trained in a two-day event from various work groups from within the agency. Through ongoing training and awareness, Peer Support Team members are available 24 hours a day to help someone in need, debrief crews following a difficult call, and assist fire departments in the region. 

Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union:

The Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union represents over 700 members throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

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Firefighters Extinguish Brush Fire on SW 229th Avenue & SW Rosedale Road - 07/05/21

News Release

Date:               July 5, 2021

Release:          Immediate

Contact:          Megan Rye, Public Information Officer, 503-259-1111

Firefighters Extinguish Brush Fire on SW 229th Avenue & SW Rosedale Road

At 6:11p.m. today, firefighters were dispatched to a fast-moving fire in a dry grass field near SW 229th Avenue & SW Rosedale Road in Washington County.

First- arriving crews immediately worked to surround the fire that was quickly moving toward homes and outbuildings. Firefighters shuttled water with water tenders and stretched hose lines to protect all structures. Nearby landowners were prepared to use dozers to create a firebreak, but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and protect all structures within 45 minutes. They spent additional time mopping up and spraying water to prevent hot spots from starting new fires. There were no injuries to residents, firefighters, or animals.

Based on witness interviews and burn patterns, a TVF&R fire investigator has determined that the fire was intentionally set and may be fireworks related. Washington Country Sheriffs Office will continue investigating.

Due to the location of the fire, multiple agencies responded to the scene. TVF&R was assisted by Hillsboro Fire & Rescue, Cornelius Fire Department, Washington County Sheriffs Office, and Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (911 dispatch).

TVF&R Urges People to Not Use Fireworks this Holiday - 06/29/21

With record-breaking weather and drought conditions, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is urging people to not use fireworks this year. Though TVF&R does not have the legal authority to ban fireworks, some cities in the region have already banned fireworks or are considering doing so. Please consider attending a professional show, watching an event on television, or celebrating Independence Day without fireworks.

This is normally the busiest time of year for emergency responders and dispatchers without record temperatures, and the heat has proven difficult for the most vulnerable in our communities. Only call 911 to report emergencies. Preventing fires requires collective effort and goes beyond fireworks. Visit https://indd.adobe.com/view/9c3bfb6a-277b-463a-843e-fcbce107c788 for tips about proper disposal of briquettes, smoking materials and other activities.