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West Side Elementary School students stepped into the role of a firefighter on Wednesday and learned how hard it is to control the spray from a tanker truck. At right, Breanda Meyers waits her turn as engineer paramedic Diedrick Snelling demonstrates.

Above, lieutenant-paramedic Paul Henke shows the hose to Tyler Bennett, Lucy McLean, and Veronica Mendiola.

For more than 10 years, the Hood River Fire Department has been teaching children about fire safety practices. Capt. Clay McCrea said the annual event includes the “stop, drop and roll” drills, lessons about how to dial 9-1-1, and the opportunity to climb aboard the trucks and use some of the equipment. This week the crew visited Mid-Valley, Pine Grove, May Street and West Side schools. They plan to take the same program to Cascade Locks in the near future.

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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive

The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge



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