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DOJ Says Portland (OR) Street Response Can Begin Responding to Suicide Calls

The U.S. Department of Justice said Portland Street Response can respond to suicide calls, a change from current policy.
Paramedics attend to a man sitting on a couch

Portland (OR) Fire Launches New Alternative Response Program

The department received approval to launch a new community health program to address the health and social needs of community members.
Portland fire engine at December 2020 fire

Report: OR Firefighters Swamped with Senior Home Calls

Senior care home operators all over Oregon are increasingly calling on emergency responders to handle routine tasks.
Firefighter Sean Condon, left and Lt. Gabe Mills, assigned to the Alternative Response Unit of of Station 1, check on the welfare of a man in Mission Park in Spokane, Wash.

People Struggled to Tap Resources during Northwest Heat Wave

People in Oregon struggled to get rides to cooling centers during the recent heat wave that is believed to have killed hundreds across the Pacific Northwest.
The photo shows the front of an ambulance with its emergency lights on.

OR First Responders Injured in Crash While Responding to Another

Two first responders and two civilians were transported to a local hospital Sunday after a vehicle struck an ambulance on Interstate 5.
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Analysis Concludes City of Ashland (OR) Should Keep Ambulance Service

The Ashland City Council reviewed the ambulance transporting services cost and service analysis at its June 14 study session.

Portland Commissioner Supports Expansion of Street Response Program

The program sends a team of one paramedic and one social worker to assist those in crisis who are not believed to be a public safety threat, offering an unarmed alternative to a uniformed officer arriving on scene.

How Quickly Should Portland (OR) Expand its Non-Police Emergency Response?

Mayor Ted Wheeler proposed Friday that the city immediately spend nearly $1 million to keep the Lents team at work.

OR Launches Earthquake Alert System

People in Oregon will be better prepared for earthquakes. It's particularly important in the Pacific Northwest because experts say “the big one" is coming.
Two paramedics and an impaired driver went to the hospital.

Two Paramedics Hospitalized after Impaired Driver Slams into Portland (OR) Ambulance

Two paramedics and an impaired driver went to the hospital with injuries after a serious crash.