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Lake Oswego Fire Department's new Engine 212 is officially in service; School zone enforcement detail set for Monday

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Engine 212 will be based at the Lake Oswego Fire Department's South Shore Station.

LOFD'S new Engine 212 is officially in service

After two weeks of training and the installation of some last-minute items, the Lake Oswego Fire Department placed its new 2018 Pierce Velocity engine into service last week at the South Shore Station.

Engine 212 has a 1,500-gallons-per-minute pump and carries all the necessary equipment for fire and medical calls. City councilors approved the purchase of the new truck — as well as a Precision Weld 22-foot Rescue Boat and Trailer, which debuted in June — about a year ago. Both are scheduled replacements for existing fire department equipment that dated back to 2001 and 2002, and both were included ($126,000 for the rescue boat, $664,000 for the fire engine) as line-item purchases in the LOFD's budget.

Why is the new equipment called 212? According to Assistant Fire Chief David Morris, each of the LOFD's stations has a numerical number assigned to it. They are Stations 210, 211, 212 and 214. The apparatus in each station is assigned the call sign that corresponds to the station from which it responds; South Shore is Station 212, which is why Engine 212 and Boat 212 have the names they do.

Morris says the department's apparatus is on a replacement schedule of about 15 years. "Apparatus is then put into a reserve status for another 10 to 15 years before it is taken out of service for our department," he says. "The new units will normally take the place of the apparatus we are moving to a reserve status."

To celebrate the arrival of the new equipment, the LOFD is planning an Open House at the station (1880 South Shore Blvd.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Everyone is invited to attend.

School zone enforcement detail set for Monday

Police agencies around the metro area will join the LOPD for a school zone enforcement detail at two locations in Lake Oswego next week as part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness and reduce the number of auto-pedestrian accidents in the city.

Officers will be on patrol throughout the city from noon-4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, looking for motorists traveling over the posted speed limit, using an electronic device (cellphone) while operating a motor vehicle, failing to wear their seatbelt and other behavior related to distracted driving.

From 2:25- 3:10 p.m., officers will pay particular attention to the school zone on Boones Ferry Road near Lake Grove Elementary, where 24 citations and warnings were issued during a similar operation last year. From 2:55-3:40 p.m., they'll also concentrate on the school zone on A Avenue in front of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School.

The 20-mph school zones in both areas are marked with flashing yellow lights and enhanced school zone signage. Failure to obey the posted school zone limit is a violation of Oregon Revised Statute 811.111 and can result in a citation with an enhanced fine of $325 or more.

Additional enforcement details will be held later in the school year at school zones across the city, all made possible by a traffic safety grant designed to promote pedestrian awareness and safety. For more information, contact LOPD Lt. Clayton Simon at 503-635-0240.

— The Review

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