Jun 11, 2015|
AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL JENNINGS FROM PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE ABOUT FIREWORK SAFETY.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSH LEAKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL ABOUT WHAT MOVIES WILL BE FEATURED, WORKSHOPS THAT ARE BEING OFFERED, AND NEW FEATURES FOR 2018.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BILL RUSSEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNION GOSPEL MISSION ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO WITH THE HOMELESS AND ABOUT THEIR SEARCH AND RESCUE PROGRAM.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BISHOP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR THE OREGON STATE SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION ABOUT THE WORK SHERIFF’S DO AROUND THE STATE.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MELISSA MILLER AND NICOLE VINCENT WITH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS WITH UCP ABOUT HOW THEY HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES GET JOBS AND HOW THEY HELP EMPLOYERS HIRE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
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You're listening to metrostars. A series of interviews of people of interest to northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm Gary Luxembourg and the fourth of July is quickly approaching and today amid the scope we have lots of fireworks safety for you. I'd like to welcome Paul Jennings Portland fire and rescue hi Paul. Good so it's it's a pretty busy Jameer you guys. It sure is done this is. Certainly the time of year when folks are looking forward to holidays and summer vacations and dead things like fireworks. Yeah I've been here and some fireworks going off many ruler of the task rounds that's it starts happening pretty early now so there's there's a pretty. Definite distinction we too in between what's legal and what's illegal cats some examples correct yet. So in organ any illegal pay any fireworks that fly. Bomb explode. Travel more than one foot in the air or more than six feet on the ground are considered illegal. And so that would include things like model rockets. Firecrackers. Larger small ones at things like and sixties and stuff like that that you may find are obviously all completely illegal and very dangerous. A lot of the aerial all any aerial rocket all of those types of fireworks are legal here in organ to pretty much anything that leaves the ground if it leaves a ground it's. Illegal and those are not sold in Oregon no they're not bound. Fireworks that are sold at stands an organ that stand has to be who licensed it into to sell fireworks to begin with. And they are of course only permitted to sell fireworks are legal in the state. Where do people get illegal fireworks. Well there is a few places obviously Tom many folks go over to the scene to Washington and they will get them there make people get them online. I'm so there are different avenues for getting the illegal fireworks and in some cases there are folks who even make their own fireworks which are extremely dangerous militant citizens really dangerous it really is. I'm many of the things that happened with fireworks will occur when. Firework for example does not explode after its delay. And sometime later maybe an hour later that someone will go in I've picked it up stand too close to it. And many of those fireworks including things like a bottle rockets. The and eighties large firecrackers those kinds of things if they explode in your hand. Not only me you lose a finger you may lose your entire hand. Guess what's your video on on your website and it's it's pretty shocking some of them some of the injuries that people get from. Illegal fireworks yet every year from across the United States there are are very high number of injuries that are recorded specifically from. A fireworks. And here in org and we are definitely not immune to that in and certainly not here in Portland as well. Every year we see a large number of injuries. I'm just in here and in org in since 2009 between 292013. We have had almost a 150 reported. Injuries from a fireworks. And last year among the many injuries including a gentleman who. I'm basically had his hand blown apart we had a group beyond folks who had a aerial rocket exploded in the crowd they were and amber were injured. Amongst that group we also had some firefighters that were injured in fighting some of the fires. And that again it's one of the big problems just on the fourth of July we had 26. Fireworks caused fires. And those are the recorded fires those are the ones that required the dispatch of fire apparatus and cruised to go with the fires out. You know many folks in and we finest horror doing enforcement will tell us yet we we started a fire by mistake or. You know they'll they'll be forthcoming last year I had a woman that. That you know came out and told us that they had actually cause a fire in their neighbor's yard had to go with buckets of water. So we've had quite a few fires the government Alan fire was fireworks caused. Very fortunate we didn't lose any lives in we had over twenty people that were trapped on government Allen and that was very huge fire and and cause a lot of issues not only there on the island but. Because traffic issues it cause smoke issues even Kaiser she's at the airport so. People just don't realize the the real serious issues sometimes but the real serious issues surrounding illegal fireworks and that was one bottle rocket that was one single model rocket and government that's crazy. Pretty scary socially and so far beyond bodily injury there's there's much more damage that can be done there is you know when we look at the entire issue of. Fireworks in general I'm you know our first thing is we want folks to have a good time we want them to enjoy the fourth of July. And we want them to use legal fireworks safely and it's important to remember Tom. You know some of the issues behind that I think we'll talk a little bit more about that and in a few minutes. But is as far as illegal fireworks go Tom. When you are using these large fireworks that you might. Find very similar to what the professionals are using. But you bring him into people's neighborhoods so you are not. Concerned with the safety aspect of it where when weird you know will we see a professional show being put on. Not the entire safety aspect of that is look at where it's located. You know emergency apparatus things like that all those issues. Are on a part of the planning process and it's done by someone who is professionally trained and certified to do that saying that we see accidents and it occur. Even in professional shows on dirt if you don't times went. You'll see a misuse or something like that and and you can find that that kind of thing all over the Internet you know did show not a right. When you take those same kind of fireworks into a neighborhood that com. You know maybe very actor you know with homes or things like that number one you putting up property at risk of fires. You putting that individuals at risk of injury because you tend to not have the kinds of distances that we have with legal firework shows which is why you see things like. I'm fireworks going straight into crowds or you know going onto her rooftop or some quick action causing these kinds house fires and things that we seek. But we also I'm have other issues Zach. Folks tend to forget about. I'm number one we have other members of our our community our population that for whatever reason don't go to legal fireworks. And as you saw on the PSA. Time there was a gentleman whose dad was a Korean War veteran. And you know. Dat gentleman inside extreme combat and so forth and he chose to never go to. To see fireworks in yet people would bring them to the neighborhood and that would cause a lot of stress of that individual. And you know it was his choice myself as a veteran I enjoy going to firework shows professional firework shows. But I can clearly understand why that gentleman. Chose to stay away from fireworks so here's a person that we're supposed to be respecting who served our country. In battle. In yet. You know we're not respecting him at all on on the fourth of July when we should be celebrating him. We have seniors. Many of whom maybe have medical issues and things and they can't leave their home and so again we're bringing these. Fireworks into the neighborhood and with with no consideration of their needs. And and you know we also have folks that are refugees have come here from war torn areas. And for many of them that we hear from you know it's they don't understand it hate it can be very frightening. Out in another big and really important group is our family pets and and also wildlife. Com the area shelters every year C a large increase in the ten days around fourth of July. About 25% increase of pets that enter the shelters. In many times in these pets commend the frightened they're injured. They've dug their way out of the yard offense they need to figure out a way to escape out of the house. So calm during a number of important things that you can view in that regard with your pet. Make sure that you keep them inside especially Disney fireworks going on your neighborhood. Not keep them in a safe it is quieter place as possible. If you have the opportunity to to take a mile on their walks and things like that early. That would be really helpful. Make sure that they have attacked make sure that catch you know in the event that they do get out pounders there's a way of not reuniting you with your pet. So we we really want folks to be aware that remember pets have much better hearing than humans do and so those loud noises. Tend to be just that much more scary for them. And dad and dramatic and outs anyway it's not hard to find pet owners who can tell you stories about how scared their pets get. But we absolutely and that's to say exponentially louder for them absolutely. What's it if the firework in cinema and assuming illegal firework is going for my neighborhood 'cause they see it up in the mirror what as a citizen what what can or should they do. Well there's a couple things com. First if you have illegal fireworks going off in neighborhood. Com do you can contact the non emergency line for police fire dispatch. And down here that's 5038233333. If you have any concern that. Dare fire has started that a fireworks. Maybe. Has landed on a roof maybe there was a fire and people think they put it out. Call nine. Get the professionals out there tighter and make sure that that fire was put out or if you had any concern that you know. A firework went up into an attic or someplace where you don't know. Call 91. And certainly. You know those kind of those kind of things we want to make sure that you know beforehand it it's been taken care properly. And Portland fire rescue was doing some community outreach for selling the share. We are. Com. So we do all a lot of community outreach and we do in a number different ways. Com we do have a very large ad campaign. That we has already started for this year. And what you see is a message hop on and on billboards on bus tells bus shelters BC and number the newspapers. I'm we've got some. PSAs public service announcements that are playing in the movie theaters. And dad and then of course we'll have quite a few radio spots. And and then we've worked to partner with many different groups who were going to have Tom. Some information are our video our public service announcement at video. Is going to be available through ecumenical ministries they gonna do I distribute two churches throughout the community. We are working with public a Portland public schools on providing safety information. But via email to parents the students. And now one of the biggest things that we're doing and that folks will start seeing this week. Is we are working with our neighborhood emergency team members. In those folks will be canvassing neighborhoods. Do be bringing. Effective fact sheets which are now firework fact sheets. Which have information about oh come firework safety. They have information about Tom what is legal and what is not in the state of organ. In they have information about where to see legal shows so you can go on there and you can take a look he'd go to our web site saw linked on there. On our website by the way is WWW. Dot Portland organ dot gov slash fire slash fireworks. And you can go there and you can learn. Although you know what's going on in in the area for fireworks displays. And you can just learn from some fireworks safety in facts there and and what to do. Also the safety information about again about using legal fireworks. Must be a little confusing firmed I'm imagining teenagers and hanging younger kids if you can go take a Washington State in by this firework. What makes it illegal. Right well let's talk briefly about the ability to purchase he sings and Washington State for example. It's a little bit of I'm misunderstanding yes you can go over to Washington and people say well why they legally Washington. If you go to out of Vancouver or Tacoma or Seattle. You'll find that and see Tom followed very similar a rules as we do here in Portland. And if it is far as the sales of fireworks goes. What we're seeing is that they are I'm coming moving their sales date closer and closer inclusive fourth of July every year. Because they have so many fires in so many injuries. Far outweighing the numbers of fires injuries at the we have here an organ because the fireworks mark sensible. And dom and also there are only supposed to be used in the areas where they're allowed to be used. On the fourth of July itself and not on other days so they also do quite a bit of enforcement and so forth so. What we're seeing is who dat or at this skis in the state of Washington. Is definitely. Dating to. Stronger and stronger on their enforcement side in on their regulations side of the fireworks it coming too much closer towards what we do here and organ. What are some goods safety tips that we should all. Practice room for it works sure absolutely. So you know first and foremost as is we said in the beginning is you know really observe a lot. Again if the firework if it flies if it explodes if it travels more than one foot into the air more than sixty on the ground it's illegal. I'm when you use illegal fireworks. Remember you know set them off only outdoors and clear areas away from homes are dry leaves or grass or other flammable materials. Com don't allow young children to play with fireworks. Really under any circumstances. Now older children that are using them should really be under adult supervision. I don't try to relay or handle any malfunctioning fireworks. Now what we recommended soaking them with water and in once they've been very well so often left. For quite awhile then you can dispose of them. Not keep a bucket of water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on fireworks at failed to ignite or explode. I'm always be sure that other people and pets are completely out of range before lighting any fireworks. You always want a story of fireworks in a cool and try to place. And have really the last thing would be to just remember Tom is far is burn materials or rashes and in those kinds of things. They should be placed in a metal can with a league and against stored away from possible. Buildings or or materials. Nom. You don't use your common sense be really safe with I'm. You know sometimes. Folks forget. About the safety aspects of things like sparklers. A lot of folks Dave bill look at sparklers and think well you know miss park where is that you know that series seems pretty benign yes he was Danks is little sparkles. But sparklers in fact the range and temperature from 12100 to 2000 degrees now compare that to boiling water at 212 degrees. So as sparklers that's burning it at 12100 degrees what people have said well you know how come out little sparkle that pops up there you know that doesn't hurt. Well the reason is because if you hold that sparked where few inches from your hand and that little sparkle hits you. If there's so little mass to that. That by the time it reaches year hand it's it's basically gone. But now he took that sparklers and turned it into your hand. That would burn right in your hand. And now if you're a little five year old kid junior running in each trip in you've fallen that piece of burning metal in that piece of burning metal. Goes into your throat in your face. So now you have a piece of burning metal in a project dial in your fate in your face or in your throat so. To that ended the statistics tell us that these injuries happen a lot. Adam in 2012 across the United States there were almost 9000. Reported. Fireworks caused injuries so that means that you maybe some of the smaller injuries and things like that we're ever recorded but these are the ones that folks went to the hospital. It got treatment. End of those with almost 902012. Nearly 3000. Word children under the age of fifty so fourteen years of agent under. End of that group about half were injured by sparklers. And it was Zack exact scenario we'd like child was playing with it and they they fell in the spark or dead into them burning because it's not gonna go while it's gonna continue to burn. Com or you know it could be got it you know an injury to their tying their hand all very very common injuries caused by fireworks. So all we're saying is in regards this the the legal fireworks. And things like sparklers and stuff his parents just be very cautious be very aware. Don't give into the little you know children and just make sure your older kids there are monitored when you do using them Pendleton provision is probably the key that is the key. So who around the Portland metro area we have tons of of beautiful fireworks displays can you tell us where we can find them. You'll be legal and due at the finish yet I'm so there are quite a few on different displays likened. I tell you if you have a netter in the area. Of course every year we have the waterfront blues fest will they'll be having fireworks displays on that evening. On the fourth of July oaks park on the Q a fireworks. And displaying in the evening mill pond. I they'll be having one and Lake Oswego. Will be having fireworks and there there's others as well I'm sure you can find an area. I'm and we just don't recommend and going online and and take a look in your particular area. The one thing you can't do she is go to our website and we'll have those from those four places listed. And that some other commissioners. Who is what's again it is www. Portland organ dot gov. Slash fire slash fireworks. Since interior everybody talks about their pets in in hell. Disturbed pets get put around fireworks. What's the best thing to do. Well it really did the best thing to do is. If they illegal fireworks going off in your neighborhood. Keep your pets indoors in a quiet location. If you know that you have had a history in your neighborhood of illegal fireworks it would be best to take your pet for a walk early in the day. Opt in if you can. Bring them even out of an integrated it someplace that you you can go where you know they're not gonna gonna be affected by them. Again if your pet does get away I'm Regis really be wanna remind you to make sure that I'm your your pay is around tagged. And you know this way you can be reunited is is quickly as possible you can check with the area shelters. I'm both fell multnomah county and Clark whose county animal services. As the Doug Lewis and humane society all have our web sites. With very good information about how to keep your pets safe. The Samir Portland fire and rescue must be just absolutely inundated with phone calls. Coach curry is doing half the country but we are you know it's really interesting we get a lot of phone calls and emails. From members of the community. And down. You a lot of them wanna tell us about what's been going on in their community or in their neighborhood. A lot of the folks you don't wanna find out about what we're doing in regards to enforcement and things like that. Com and so what's kind of talk about the enforcement side of it. So you know we believe that Portland fire that the best way to help reduce the injuries in the fires. And today and to reduce the anxiety and stress that a lot of folks. That it's cost a lot of folks and our pets because illegal fireworks. Nom the best way is by educating people. And when we do is much as we can't be trying to that word Al and in trying to educate folks. Bomb. For those folks that. May decide they're still gonna do it. That's why we do the enforcement. And now we will we will go while in working with Portland police. We call operation lowered the boom. And that every year we work in teams so what we do is we partner Portland police officer with the up Portland fire inspector from our fire marshal's office. And they'll blow typically on the third fourth and fifth of July. In work in different neighborhoods across the city. In they do a couple things one day respond to calls. So for example if it whereas Portland public school location and the facilities managers there and their. Folks using illegal fireworks and they beat me call. And you know will will respond in that manner and then we've they also will look for just the illegal fireworks use. And down. Just to be not clear if you are in possession of them. Even if you're not using them if your possession of illegal fireworks. At deck he gets you up to 1000 dollar fine. And am in. So I you know you have to really ask a lot of questions about whether or not this is worth it. When you can't go to professional show and you know see a really good show. You know that typically last a lot longer than whatever your fireworks are you gonna do and you know put anybody's life and at risk you know what is. It you know in the PSA. You know do the mom says. You know it's not worth it for what ten seconds of fine. And you know many people have. Yeah ended up dealing with. The effects of the negative at the illegal fireworks and those facts whether it's. Injury whether it's fires. Whether it's I mean I'm getting fine. You know there's a reason that there were out there and it's because they're dangerous if you look in 2011. We had a really significant fire here at seventeenth and Alberta caused by an illegal firework. Between the damage to the building and the loss of employment for about thirty people in the city. This but a million dollars loss in that one fire here in the city. Because somebody wanted to she got skyrocket some bottle rockets and things like that and what do the rockets went under the roof and as fire both. So. This is this is a really serious issue and we just we really hope that folks in the community will understand and and death. And take it to heart we will never really and have a great and safe and sane fourth of July the rate we deal with us what we really do and end. You are they can set our goal is is not says. Put a damper on people's fourth July's we want folks to go that wanna watch professional firework shows and don't enjoy them. We want folks that come. Don't wanna use legal fireworks to enjoy them but you know we just want them to do it safely protect themselves and children. In their neighbors and in just you know really look after each other and enjoy the fourth of July for what it is. And not down not take chances and risks and you know. We we see every year people whose lives are so badly affected. Because of the use of illegal fireworks and that's what we're trying to. Thank you so much verve of just a wealth of information hung the welcome very helpful thank you so much for having Portland fire coherent and spend the time deuce. Appreciate it pulled innings of Portland fire rescue thinks to being a microscope today don't thank you. 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