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Interested in finding out the latest news from PF&R in real time? You can. Check out our new web feed of press releases from the Flash Alert system that is used to send updates to the media.
Read all of our news releases as they go out here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/news/index.cfm
And you can also access the feed from clicking on "Read the latest news releases" on the front page of this site.
For 99 years, Portland firefighters have been delivering holiday toys to families in need
Today, the folks from Toy N Joy Makers released their stats from the 2013 season. The organization, started within Portland Fire & Rescue and fueled by volunteers and firefighters, collects and distributes toys to Portland families in need. Started in 2014 and sparked when one firefighter fixed an old wagon for a neighborhood boy, the program is now a local institution counted on by countless families and organizations. For the 2013 season, Toy N Joy gave gifts to 10,256 children. Almost 50,000 toys were distributed, with 91 businesses and organizations helping by hosting and filling toy collection boxes.
Next year the program celebrates its 100th year of giving: it will be the best year yet!
Wishing the very best to you and yours...
On the eve of this holiday, I want to wish you and yours the very best. Tomorrow, as with every day, each of our 30 stations will be fully staffed around the clock to respond when the community calls. It is truly an honor to serve the city of Portland and help others.
A special thanks to the men and women of Portland Fire & Rescue who remain on duty so others can be home celebrating with their families.
Stay safe out there and happy holidays,
ERIN A. JANSSENS, Chief
Portland Fire & Rescue
New boathouse part of robust marine emergency response plan
Portland Fire & Rescue announces that the city's new floating boathouse was delivered yesterday to its home on the Willamette River across from the Eastbank Esplanade. The boathouse, designed to house two emergency response watercraft, will be an essential part of the marine emergency demands that will be met by the rebuilt Fire Station 21, currently under construction on the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge.
With help from the 2008 Port Security grant through FEMA, PF&R was successful in securing a grant to fund $800,000 of the $1.6 million boathouse, constructed by Oregon Iron Works. The remainder of funds used were from the $72 million general obligation bond that Portland voters passed in 2010.
"This boathouse is a critical part of a dual land-marine based modern fire & rescue station designed to withstand an earthquake and provide a quick response to both land and ever-increasing marine emergencies. Should a major earthquake hit our area, this station and boathouse will be an integral part of our city's emergency response," said Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens.
Fire Commissioner Dan Saltzman noted: "Portlanders voted for this boathouse to be built via the bond process; I'm pleased to see it delivered and am anxious to put it to work responding to emergencies. I'd also like to thank PF&R for their aggressive pursuit of grants and our federal partners for investing in our city"
PF&R responds to emergency incidents along 149 miles of navigable waterways of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Fire Station 21 returned to active service in 2009, primarily to address the ever-increasing marine emergency service demands on the Willamette River in the downtown core area requiring either quick rescue boat response or a boat with high pumping capacity. Fire Station 21, built in 1960, sits on highly liquefiable soils making it extremely vulnerable to a seismic event. Fire Stations must be designed to remain in operation after a major earthquake or other natural disaster.
At this time, Station 21 is currently under construction. The crew for the station continues to provide both land and marine based operations from a temporary facility adjacent to the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, and also operates a rescue boat, the Eldon Trinity, located at the dock just North of the bridge. In 2014, PF&R will be receiving two new fire boats, one of which will be moored and respond from this location, enabling Station 21's crew to perform both water rescues with the Eldon Trinity and fire protection along the river with the new fire boat.
Fire safety, photos, face painting and holiday fun was in large supply