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Crews Extinguish Residential Fire in Aloha (Photo) - 05/08/20

At 9:35 a.m. today, firefighters were dispatched to a reported residential fire in 3200 block of Southwest 175th Avenue in the Aloha area of Washington County. The Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency received multiple calls reporting a house on fire, with flames visible. 

Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Hillsboro Fire & Rescue arrived on scene to find a three-story house with fire and smoke visible from multiple sides of the structure. 

Firefighters began firefighting operations by deploying hose lines to the back of the house. Additional crews began deploying hose lines inside the house and searching for any occupants. Due to concerns about the structural stability of the house, the incident commander ordered all crews out of the structure, and defensive fire operations began. Hose lines were strategically placed around the structure to extinguish the fire and prevent it from spreading to nearby structures. 

The fire was deemed under control at 10:37 a.m. Firefighters remained on scene for multiple hours, extinguishing hot spots and ensuring the fire remained out. The occupants of the home made it out of the structure safely. There were no injuries to the residents, and no firefighters were injured extinguishing the fire.     

TVF&R fire investigators responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire, which is undetermined at this time. 

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Whitney Drive House Fire
Whitney Drive House Fire
Smoke Alarms Save Five People in Newberg House Fire (Photo) - 05/04/20

At approximately 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, 911 dispatchers received a call regarding a garage and house on fire, located on South Whitney Drive in Newberg. Firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) and Dundee Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

Firefighters from Newberg Fire Station #20 arrived first on scene to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the garage with smoke rapidly spreading throughout the living area of the house. Crews began an aggressive fire attack and performed a search of the house to ensure all occupants had evacuated. The fire was extinguished within twenty minutes of their arrival. 

Working smoke alarms saved the lives of the five adults in the house. They were alerted of the fire by the alarms sounding and quickly exited the home. Three of the occupants sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital. They also owned two pet cats. Unfortunately, one cat was found deceased as a result of the fire. The second cat was taken to a veterinary hospital for further evaluation. 

The occupants of the home are temporarily displaced due to the fire and smoke damage throughout the house. They have declined assistance from Red Cross and are opting to stay with friends or family.

A TVF&R fire investigator was called out to the scene and has determined that the fire started in the garage. Cause of what ignited the fire is still under investigation.

For more information about smoke alarms and escape planning, visit https://www.tvfr.com/145/Smoke-Alarms-Escape-Planning

Attached Media Files: Whitney Drive House Fire
Tualatin River Water Rescue - 03
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Firefighters Rescue Stranded Kayaker on Tualatin River (Photo) - 05/01/20

At 3 p.m. today, emergency responders were dispatched to a call involving a female kayaker who was trapped in a fish ladder on the Tualatin River, just south of Interstate 205. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s water rescue team deployed from West Linn Fire Station 59, along with responders from Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Oswego Fire Department and American Medical Response. 

Upon arrival, crews found a distressed female in the water, who was unable to make it to the shoreline on her own. Firefighters made their way down steep terrain and over to the fish ladder, quickly pulling her to safety. The female kayaker was evaluated by medics on scene but declined transport to a hospital. Firefighters also made sure the rest of her group safely made it to shore. 

Our water rescue team has already responded to two drownings this year. Thankfully, the female kayaker in this incident was wearing a life jacket, which likely saved her life, especially in the frigid cold water. 

TVF&R wants to remind people who partake in water activities on rivers and lakes to always wear a life jacket. According to the Oregon State Marine Board - 90% of fatalities in Oregon occur because the victim wasn’t wearing a life jacket. Ensure they are properly fitted (not so large that they come off in the water); and they’re rated for the type for activity (rough versus calm water).

In addition to keeping your head above water, a life jacket will also allow you to conserve body heat by floating rather than swimming. Oregon law mandates that all boats must carry at least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for every person aboard.  Persons under 12 must be wearing the life jacket.   

About TVF&R’s Water Rescue Team
TVF&R's Water Rescue Team is comprised of firefighters cross-trained in swift-water rescue, rope rescue techniques and boat operations. The team trains once a week to ensure response readiness and hone specialized skills. On any given day, five to six water rescue technicians are on duty ready to respond around the clock. The team is strategically positioned at Station 59 in West Linn and Station 20 in Newberg near the Willamette River. In 2019, the team responded to 55 water rescue incidents. TVF&R’s team is a member of the Clackamas County Interagency Water Consortium. The consortium works to improve safety and performance in the water environment. This group trains together for water rescue incidents three days per month and responds to anywhere from 50 to 80 incidents per year. Other members of the consortium include Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Dive/Rescue Team, Clackamas County Fire District 1, Lake Oswego Fire Department, Gladstone Fire Department, Estacada Rural Fire District 69, Canby Fire District 62, Sandy Fire District 72, C-COM and American Medical Response.

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Lt Hart provides virtual station tour
TVF&R Launches Virtual Fire Station Tour (Photo) - 05/01/20

As a way to connect with our communities while in-person fire station tours are currently suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue launched a virtual fire station tour where people can learn about life in a firehouse from the comfort and safety of their own homes. 

Community members of all ages can virtually visit Aloha Fire Station 62, located along Southwest 209th Avenue, where they’ll meet the crew, check out the fire engine, and learn about some of the tools and equipment they use. They’ll get to see what the inside of the station looks like and learn about station life for a firefighter.   

Fire station tour video: https://youtu.be/ZkXhYQfAFlM

TVF&R encourages community members to continue following public health official’s recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent further spread of the contagious virus. Stay at home and only travel for essential reasons. Maintain good hygiene. And make sure to take time for yourself, whether it’s quiet time alone or reaching out to a loved one.