Fire truck responding to a fire on King Street near the Hunt Club

Firefighter Clarence Buffam (on rig) and Beaverton fire chief Archie Olson use a Beaverton Rural Fire Protection District engine to fight a brush fire on King street in Garden Home area in what is now on the Oleson Road side of the Portland Golf Club. Retired firefighter Ernie Metcalfe described Olson, who was named chief of the Beaverton Fire Department in February 1937, as “old school” when it came to firefighting. That meant telling his firefighters to “put the wet stuff on the red stuff.” The fire was contained by firefighters from the Beaverton Rural Fire Protection District.

Courtesy Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue from book by Ray Pitz, published by Arcadia. 2012

Firefighter Clarence Buffam (on rig) and Beaverton fire chief Archie Olson use a Beaverton Rural Fire Protection District engine to fight a brush fire on King street in Garden Home area in what is now on the Oleson Road side of the Portland Golf Club. Retired firefighter Ernie Metcalfe described Olson, who was named chief of the Beaverton Fire Department in February 1937, as “old school” when it came to firefighting. That meant telling his firefighters to “put the wet stuff on the red stuff.” The fire was contained by firefighters from the Beaverton Rural Fire Protection District. (photograph by Ernie Metcalfe)

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