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Fire Chief: Summer and safety should go hand in hand

As you prepare for outdoor activities this summer, please think about safety first. From bike helmets to life jackets, take the time to ensure you, your family and friends are prepared to have fun. Clackamas Fire will be hosting many events this summer that focus on safety to include education campaigns, fire station open houses, safety fairs, community events and much more. As a reminder, backyard burning is now closed until the fall. For information regarding public events, public education, and safety reminders, please visit us at clackamasfire.com or stop by any one of our community fire stations.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CFD NO. 1 - Arriving in June, Truck 4 becomes the most maneuverable ladder truck in the entire Clackamas Fire District.In mid-June, Clackamas Fire received its new Truck 4, a project that has been ongoing for almost two years. This type of ladder truck is known as a Tillered Truck or a Tractor Drawn Aerial (TDA). The TDA concept has been in the fire service for over 100 years. With technology, the apparatus design has improved into the most maneuverable ladder truck in the fire service. Truck 4 is designed to meet the needs of the Clackamas Fire District for years to come. This past week, Truck 4 was put through some of the most challenging streets and complexes in our fire district and was able to maneuver with minimal challenges. We were able to do this with the instruction from a cadre of Seattle firefighters. This cadre travels around the country teaching at the highest level in this area. They were able to teach six members of Truck 4, who in-turn will teach other district firefighters the critical techniques and concepts required for a successful tiller program.

In addition to maneuverability, Truck 4 has an exceptional amount of compartment space. This allows equipment to be strategically placed for quick deployment and operation. This truck will hold a full complement of vehicle extrication equipment, rope rescue equipment, fire rescue equipment, as well as a fire pump with 250 gallons of water. The aerial device on this truck is 100 feet long and can be fully deployed in under a minute and a half from the time it arrives on scene. The Fire District is excited about this apparatus and look forward to its in-service date this summer.

Fred Charlton

Clackamas fire chief

Fund tobacco-use prevention

As a recent graduate with a degree in public health, it is upsetting to see the high amount of Oregonians still using tobacco products.

Not only is tobacco killing 7,000 Oregonians each year, it is also costing us $2.4 billion in direct medical expenditures and lost productivity due to premature death. Even though Oregon has seen a decrease in use, the numbers are still far too high, as tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death.

I have a family member that smokes on a regular basis and our entire family has been urging him to quit for the past few years without success. He has a wife, and a son in elementary school. Even though someone may have family or friends urging them to quit, that’s almost never enough.

I think many of us struggle with unhealthy choices but there is something that we can do to help others and prevent this from happening in the first place. It is important that the dollars awarded to Oregon from big tobacco companies through the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement are applied to Tobacco Prevention and Education Programs, as was originally intended.

I urge legislators to protect our community’s health by demanding the necessary funding for effective tobacco prevention programs.

Amanda Lindsay

Oregon City

Predictable is preventable

I just read the article regarding the on-duty death of our Clackamas County weighmaster.

When the incident originally occurred, I was shocked to learn weighmasters were allowed to make traffic stops of any type while in uniform.

Clackamas County deputy sheriffs as well as all law-enforcement professionals receive hundreds if not thousands of hours of officer-safety training involving traffic stops and other types of contacts before they are allowed to conduct their first solo traffic stop.

In addition they wear bullet resistant vests, carry tasers, pepper spray, impact weapons, etc. Foremost and above all, they possess experience which allows them to read situations for what they are and how to ask for assistance when they sense something isn’t right.

It has been five months, and just now Mr. Krupp, county administrator, has ordered Clackamas County weighmasters to stop pulling over commercial vehicles.

It is unbelievable the county took that long to issue that order. County leaders should take a look at all departments that are required to make authoritative contacts while wearing a semblance of a uniform.

Code enforcement comes to mind as a group that is at some of that same risk.

As an law-enforcement officer, I was required to attend many hours of training. I still remember the words from one of our instructors, “Predictable is preventable”

Yes it is.

Ed Mura

Colton

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