Firefighters raise $100,000 to help burn vicitims at Legacy's center for Oregon

Firefighters from Clackamas Fire District #1 recently participated in the third-annual Firemanship Conference in Portland.

PHOTO COURTESY: TUALATIN VALLEY FIRE & RESCUE - Clackamas firefighters joined fire agencies throughout the region for hands-on training.The conference included both lectures and hands-on training. The conference goals were to offer firefighters training to enhance "the practice, skill and trade of firefighting" and to raise money for charity.

Firefighters from Clackamas Fire participated as students, instructors, planners and site/logistic coordinators. The support and participation from Clackamas Fire, as well as Portland Fire and Rescue, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Gresham Fire Department and others, have helped the conference grow.

The conference was sponsored and organized by Brothers in Battle and First Whip F.O.O.L.S., nonprofit firefighter training organizations. With the help and support of local fire departments, the conference raised over $100,000 for Sons of the Flag, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting military, first responder and civilian burn survivors by providing funding for innovative research. This year, Sons of the Flag put those funds to work locally by pledging $100,000 to Legacy Oregon Burn Center.

The funds will be spent to build an on-campus residence to house the families of burn victims during the course of their treatment at the burn center. Additionally, the conference supported the local community by donating leftover food to Oregon Gleaners, who then distribute the food to those in need throughout the Portland-metro area.

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