Leadership

Simultaneous Multiple Alarm Fires Endanger Portland, Oregon, Areas

Issue 10 and Volume 109.

Simultaneous Multiple Alarm Fires Endanger Portland, Oregon, Areas FEATURES —Oregonian photo Mutual aid invoked when all available city forces are engaged; Fire fighters praised for controlling fires against odds EVERY FIRE OFFICER dreads simultaneous fires, particularly those of multiple-alarm proportions. Nevertheless, every experienced fire fighter appreciates the possibility of such a coincidence occurring in his city. Such a possibility became fact in Portland, Ore., on September 5 last, when three fires broke out within less than 30 minutes of each other, calling into action every available piece of fire apparatus including all the reserves, as well as heavy reinforcements from out of town. Three other hazardous factors conspired to increase the serious threat to the city posed by these fires. These were low humidity; strong, gusty winds; and delay in notifying the fire department of the start of what turned out to be the worst of the blazes. The action…

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