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News Release
TVF&R Firefighters Busy with Heat Related Calls - 07/05/24

In addition to an increase in medical calls related to heat exposure, firefighters have been busy with weather related incidents. TVF&R has added additional units during the hot weather. 


DROWNING IN WEST LINN
Just before 3p.m., a caller to 911 reported a person flailing in the water near the dock at the West Linn boat ramp in the 2000 block of Volpp Street. The 911 caller stated that the person had gone under the water and was no longer visible. Firefighters from TVF&R’s Water Rescue Team located at the nearby Willamette fire station arrived within minutes, and rescue swimmers began searching. Despite deep, murky water, rescuers located an adult male, pulled him out of the water, and began resuscitation efforts. Sadly, he did not survive. Law enforcement will not be releasing the drowning victim’s name until their family has been notified.


BRUSH FIRE IN 32000 BLOCK OF SW FIRDALE ROAD, UNINCORPORATED WASHINGTON COUNTY
Just after 3p.m., firefighters were dispatched to a fast-moving brush fire in the 32000 block of SW Firdale Road. Since the fire was near structures, and there were no fire hydrants in the area, the incident commander upgraded the incident to a second alarm to bring a sufficient number of firefighters and 4x4 brush vehicles to surround and contain the fire. Firefighters protected nearby structures and worked for two hours to mop up and ensure all hot spots were extinguished.


BRUSH FIRE NEAR SW SCHOLLS SHERWOOD AND SW ROY ROGERS ROADS, UNINCORPORATED WASHINGTON COUNTY
While crews were still working at the Firdale Road fire, another brush fire started in an unincorporated Washington County field that was also moving fast due to wind. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to two acres of recently cut hay. They worked for 90 minutes to douse hot spots and kept the fire from spreading to a 30-acre field of uncut hay. There were no injuries or threatened structures.


Both brush fires were caused by farm equipment. 


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