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The reopening of Station 23 brings a sigh of relief to Brooklyn area residents

DAVID F. ASHTON - Portland Fire & Rescue Lieutenant Nicholas Weichal and Firefighter Rian Fitzpatrick show off the Type 2 emergency medical rescue vehicle now posted to serve neighborhoods in Inner Southeast Portland from the reopened Fire Station 23. To respond to Inner Southeast Portland's increasing population and businesses, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) has reopened Station 23 – on the northeast corner of S.E. Powell Boulevard and Milwaukie, at 2915 S.E. 13th Place – on Thursday, November 16.

While an auxiliary fire engine is located there, to be used in case another rig in the area breaks down, the actual purpose of opening the fire station is to accommodate a two-person crew and a rescue vehicle, transferred there from Station 19 on East Burnside Street.

"The crew in Station 23 is assigned to a 'Type 2 Rescue Vehicle', primarily designed to provide emergency medical services," explained PF&R spokesperson Capt. Louisa Jones.

"Depending on the condition of the patient, and where other crews are distributed at the moment, these firefighter/paramedics will be taking calls as far south as the Reed and Woodstock neighborhoods, as well as of course the Brooklyn neighborhood," Jones told THE BEE. The facility is well-known for its multi-story concrete firefighter training tower which looms over the busy intersection on Powell.

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