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Why are the flags half staff in Oregon?

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Do you know how long they have been flying at half staff? There were 2 OR firefighters injured in helicopter crash on 8-9-2008!

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As of 2011[update], the United States had 1,100,000 (1.1M) firefighters [344,000 (31%) career firefighters and 756,000 (69%) volunteer firefighters] in 30,145 fire departments with 55,400 fire stations.

As of 2011[update], the US had 1,100,000 (1.1M) firefighters [344,000 (31%) career firefighters and 756,000 (69%) volunteer firefighters] in 30,145 fire departments with 55,400 fire stations. Fire departments responded to 30.1M calls in 2011. The majority two-thirds (19.8M) were for medical help, 7.6% (2.4M) were false alarms, and only 4.6% (1.4M) were for actual fires. Since at least 1980, calls for fires have decreased as a proportion of total calls and in absolute numbers from 3M to 1.4M in 2011, while in the same period medical calls have increased from 5M to 19.8M.

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The Oregon Ducks football program is the intercollegiate football team for the University of Oregon located in the U.S. state of Oregon. The team is currently coached by Mark Helfrich and competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Football Bowl Subdivision and is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference. Known as the Ducks, the team was commonly called the Webfoots until the mid-1960s, and the first football team was fielded in 1894. As a graduate of Oregon's Track team, Phil Knight, who co-founded the Nike brand, donates significantly to the university's athletics. Oregon plays its home games at the 54,000 seat Autzen Stadium in Eugene, and its main rivals are the Oregon State Beavers and the Washington Huskies. The Ducks and Beavers historically end each regular season with the Civil War rivalry game in late November.

The University of Oregon (UO) is a public, coeducational research university in Eugene, Oregon, United States. UO was founded in 1876 and graduated its first class two years later. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Oregon as a Tier 1 RU/VH (very high research activity) university. It is one of 108 universities to have such a designation. Additionally, the UO is one of only two Association of American Universities members in the Pacific Northwest.

As a flagship university of the Oregon University System, the UO is one of the nation's many public teaching and research universities. The current UO student body is composed of students from all 50 of the United States, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories, and 89 countries around the world. As of Fall 2012, UO offers 269 degree programs, including highly nationally-ranked graduate programs in Biology, Business, Education, Environmental Law, Geological Sciences, Physics, Psychology, Sports Marketing, and Sustainable Design.

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