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Portland Fire & Rescue Receives Over $4 Million Grant from Federal Government to Save Jobs, Stations

Portland Fire & Rescue learned that its application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a grant to fund 26 firefighter positions for two years was approved. Thanks to this funding from the federal government, $4,554,394 from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant program (SAFER) will go toward keeping Portland’s emergency response capabilities at its current levels.

 

Today, Portland Fire & Rescue learned that its application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a grant to fund 26 firefighter positions for two years was approved. Thanks to this funding from the federal government, $4,554,394 from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant program (SAFER) will go toward keeping Portland’s emergency response capabilities at its current levels.

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens is extremely pleased that FEMA recognized how vital our city’s strategically located stations and firefighter staffing levels are to keeping Portland safe. “This grant is very important, not only for the firefighters and their families who were directly impacted by potential layoffs, but to everyone who lives, works, or visits Portland and relies on the dynamic fire & rescue services PF&R provides. Because of this past tough budget season, the federal government has stepped forward to support our city’s safety response system for two years until our City government finds a local support source. We are grateful.”

The priority of the SAFER grant is to rehire laid-off firefighters. Due to the City of Portland’s weak economic situation during the last budget cycle and its projected five-year financial forecasts, 26 firefighter positions were eliminated from PF&R’s budget. While waiting for the outcome of the grant, PF&R used bridge funding until October 1st. After that, PF&R has been financially vigilant by carrying limited savings from vacancies to cover these 26 positions and maintain service levels as long as fiscally possible. If the award had not been granted, absent any other funding sources PF&R would have been forced to close two fire & rescue stations. The grant requires that both SAFER-funded positions, as well as the on-duty staffing level that existed at the time of the award, be maintained for the SAFER grant period.

"It is great to see the Federal Emergency Management Agency recognize the vital role Portland's firefighters play in our community's safety by providing us this bridge funding over the next two years to keep all our fire stations open and operating," Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman noted. "I will make certain City Council follows through on its commitment to reestablish this funding from local sources at the end of the grant and thank all our firefighters for their patience as this process unfolded and for the important work they do every day."

Alan Ferschweiler, President of Portland Firefighters’ Association, commented on the news of the grant: "We are pleased our collaboration with the Chief, City Commissioners and the Mayor on such a critical grant to protect our communities paid off. Not only is the grant going to save 26 fire positions, it will help keep our front firefighters on the job protecting the communities they serve every day. We look forward working with Chief Janssens, Mayor Hales and City officials to find permanent funding in two years to keep our firefighters on the job and protecting our communities from fire dangers."

Chief Janssens said that the success of this application rests with the support of City Council and the hard work of PF&R staff who wrote this very complicated grant application and shepherded its progress through contingencies such as the federal government furloughs. “I also want to thank Portland’s firefighters who remained focused on the important work of keeping Portland safe even though jobs and stations were at stake. Additionally, we are appreciative for assistance from FEMA and our entire congressional delegation that signed off on our application.”

From Senator Ron Wyden: “Portland Fire & Rescue is responsible for the safety of more than 600,000 Portland residents and 65,000 businesses. These much-needed funds will ensure that fire fighters are ready to respond when called upon and that ongoing budget challenges will not diminish Portland Fire and Rescue’s ability to provide the same high-level protection for the entire community.”

From Senator Jeff Merkley: “This is great news for Portland Fire & Rescue. Now, 26 firefighters will be able to keep their jobs and two fire stations will remain open because of this funding. This is crucial funding to keep our firefighters safe and create better response times for the entire community.”

From Congressman Blumenauer: “With many city and county budget’s still digging out from the recession, the SAFER Grant program is critical to keep firefighters on the job and in our communities. I am very pleased that Portland Fire & Rescue, which provides protection for over 600,000 residents and over 65,000 businesses, was able to secure this grant.” 

From Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici: “Congratulations to the City of Portland for receiving a SAFER Grant award from FEMA. Because of local budget constraints, many of our communities are struggling to provide the basic services that keep people safe.  This grant will allow the city to rehire 26 full-time firefighters and maintain two fire stations in North and East Portland.  Portland Fire & Rescue is essential to the safety and well-being of residents and the local infrastructure we depend on, and they deserve our full support.”

 

Toy N Joy Makers Request Line is Open & Donations Now Accepted for Holiday Toys

Portland firefighters are collecting toys once again to deliver to children in need

For 99 years -- since 1914 -- Toy N Joy Makers and Portland firefighters have been providing toys for Portland children in need. It probably comes as no surprise that the need for donations -- both toys and dollars -- is urgent again this year. The phone lines just opened up for families to make toy requests and the donation line is live as well.

Through a special phone line 503-231-TOYS (8697) parents and legal guardians may request toys for children up to age 13. Requests for toys will ONLY be accepted through this number. This phone number experiences a high volume of calls during this time so callers should continue to call back often or early in the day.

Last December, toys were provided for 15,533 children and almost 3,000 families within Portland city limits. That’s 61,357 toys delivered to children who otherwise might have gone without during the holiday season. Dean Johnston, President of Toy N Joy Makers and a retired Portland firefighter, expects that even more families will ask for help this year

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Dependent solely on donations, Toy N Joy Makers will place collection boxes at each of the 30 Portland fire stations, community and holiday events.  Station locations can be accessed at http://www.portlandonline.com/fire/stations. PF&R firefighters and community volunteers get into the spirit and support the Toy N Joy Makers’ mission by dedicating time to sort donated toys into the proper age groups at the warehouse.

Community members are encouraged to bring and drop off new and unused toys and sports equipment for kids of all ages at these collection boxes through December 23, 2013. Gift cards are welcome, especially for the older children. Donations can also be made at the Toy N Joy headquarters located at 5916 NE Going Street. You can also call the office donation line at 503-823-0922. 

Dollar donations are especially appreciated because Toy N Joy Makers can work directly with wholesalers to purchase toys at lower cost. Toy N Joy Makers is a charitable (501(c)(3)) organization and donations are tax deductible. Fully 98 percent of donations go directly into providing toys for children; less than two percent goes to overhead. To make donating cash even more efficient, Toy N Joy has added a PayPal link on its website for donors. Just click “donate” at http://www.toynjoymakers.org/.

For more information about the program, contact the Toy N Joy Makers by phone at 503-823-0922 or visit http://www.toynjoymakers.org/.

Mark Your Calendars: Santa's Safety Saturday is Dec. 14

Portland Fire & Rescue invites the public to our 8th Annual Santa’s Safety Saturday at the Historic Belmont Firehouse.

Portland Fire & Rescue invites the public to our 8th Annual Santa’s Safety Saturday at the Historic Belmont Firehouse. Bring the family to have photos taken with Santa and to learn how to avoid fire hazards through multiple fire safety displays.

At this annual event, Santa encourages all good girls and boys to learn about fire safety as we head into the holiday season. Enjoy refreshments as we celebrate the season at this storied Portland firehouse.

This is an annual fundraiser for the firehouse, with a suggested $5 donation. In return, you will be provided with one 4x6 photo or you can take pictures with your own camera. 

WHAT:   Santa Safety Saturday

WHEN:   Saturday, December 14 from 10 am to 4 pm

WHERE: Historic Belmont Firehouse (900 SE 35th at Belmont). 503-823-3615

Free landlord training classes for Portlanders

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/31887

 

The Fall Landlord Training classes have been scheduled – see the table below for dates and locations. Class sign-in begins at 8 a.m. and class starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. The class lasts a full 8 hours, with a 1-hour lunch break mid-day and concluding by 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for attending this class, but purchase of the $20 (cash or check please) Landlord Training manual on site is recommended. Please note the class does not currently offer credit towards real estate continuing education:  

 

Fall 2013 Class Schedule
Date Location
Saturaday, November 16, 2013 Providence Hospital – Health Conference Center (HCC) Room 1-3, Basement Level
4805 NE Glisan Street
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Portland Building - 2nd Floor Auditorium
1120 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Saturday, December 14, 2013 Concordia University – Luther Hall, Room 121
2811 NE Holman Street
Monday, December 16, 2013 Legacy Emanual Medical Center | Lorenzen, Auditorium
2801 N. Gantenbein Avenue
Sign in begins at 8 a.m., with the class promptly starting at 8:30 a.m.. The class lasts a full 8 hours with a 1 hour lunch break. If you do not sign in by 8:30 a.m. your seat may be filled from our class waiting list.

Class registration is available at our website using the following link Online Registration or by printing and faxing/mailing in a registration form (Printable Version). If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future classes, please call the Landlord Training voice mail line at (503) 823-7955; leave your name, mailing address, phone number and a message that you would like to be added to the mailing list. Thank you for your interest in the Landlord Training Program.

 

Program Information:

Since 1989, this nationally recognized program has taught over 17,250 Portland-area owners and managers how to keep illegal activity out of rentals, maintain property in compliance with City maintenance regulations, and partner with City services/programs both to provide habitable housing and protect their residential property investment. The Landlord Training Program is made available by funding received from the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue.

This program is constantly updated to current laws and issues, and has been adopted by over 550 cities and counties across the nation. The content of the course reflects in-depth research with organizations and individuals in police work, housing maintenance, property management, law, and public housing.

The Workshop focuses on keeping rental properties safe and free of illegal activity by training landlords in effective property management, and techniques for dealing with illegal activities by tenants.

We know it works. Property owners who have enacted these practices improve our community by taking simple steps that help prevent illegal activity, property destruction, and maintenance-related problems. Past trainees describe the class as both helpful for their business and beneficial to the community. It is far less expensive for both the City and property owners to work in partnership to prevent problems before they occur rather than take the more costly path of crisis intervention after problems begin.

Past attendees report benefits from attendance that include:

  • A stabilized, more satisfied tenant base with increased demand for rentals.

  • Lower maintenance and repair costs.

  • Improved property values.

  • Improved level of personal safety for both tenants and neighbors.

  • Peace of mind from spending less time on crisis control.

Landlords tell us that the course provided them with screening tips they hadn't considered and also helped them deal successfully with tenants involved with destructive and/or in illegal activity. Surveys indicate that over 90% of landlords who attend the training make beneficial changes in the way they manage their property as a result.

If you haven't attended already, we ask you to attend one of this Fall's Landlord Training Program seminars. Please sign up. We wouldn't ask if it weren't so important.

 

The Community Came to Celebrate Station 28

Commissioner Dan Saltzman discussed the station's history, Fire Chief Erin Janssens talked about its importance

Portlanders came out on Saturday, Oct 26 to celebrate one of the city's oldest functioning fire stations, Station 28, in Rose City Park. Station 28 celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Commissioner Dan Saltzman discussed the station's history: how it was designed not by an architect, but by a battalion chief; how a neighborhood group called the Rose City Park Improvement League lobbied City Hall for this fire station; and how Sandy Boulevard was widened when the station was built to turn it into a major thoroughfare.

Fire Chief Erin Janssens talked about how the City smartly posted this station on Sandy Boulevard and how its positioning remains important today. She noted that the year this station went into service also coincides with when Portland Fire formally made prevention a focus with a special division. Prevention remains one of PF&R's key components. Chief Janssens also discussed how she personally feels connected to this station and neighborhood because it was home base for family members and she spent time here when she was growing up.

Community members ate a specially designed cake donated by Whole Foods, the station's neighbor right down the street on Sandy Blvd. Folks got to see an vintage telegraph fire alarm dispatch system and a turn-of-the-century fire apparatus. Station crew members gave tours and kids got Junior Firefighter stickers.

Here's to another 100 years, Station 28...

Here's a slideshow of the events: