This September, our country will mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and related crash of a jetliner in Pennsylvania.
In remembrance of those tragic events, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will be participating in local ceremonies that pay tribute to those who lost their lives.
More than any other national holiday, this anniversary hits home for members of the emergency services community as they reflect on the sacrifices made by fellow responders who upheld their oath to serve others above themselves and the families whose lives were forever changed.
Since 2001, many changes have been made locally based on lessons learned on 9-11.
Law enforcement and fire agencies have worked to improve interoperability by training together more and establishing shared protocols for large incidents.
Significant investments have been made for more resilient emergency communication infrastructure.
Better protective equipment and decontamination procedures help reduce cancer exposure.
And there is heightened recognition of mental health impacts and resources needed to help victims and responders cope with the cumulative effects of trauma.
Though there is always more work to be done to prepare for disasters, we will not forget the fragility of life, nor do we take for granted the community’s trust in us. We will continue to provide the most compassionate and professional care possible and remain humbled to serve others.
Below is a reflection article published by the Beaverton Valley Times featuring retired TVF&R Fire Chief Jeff Johnson, who went to New York City to offer assistance in the month following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
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