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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary

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Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary


Recipe Courtesy of Portland Lieutenant Michael Silva, Historic Belmont Firehouse 


  • 2 Pound(s) Baby Red Potatoes Scrubbed, Sliced
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Olive Oil 
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) Rosemary Crushed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon(s) Salt Optional
  • 1/2 Teaspoon(s) Pepper 


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Toss everything onto rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30-40 minutes (stir half way through baking) or until potatoes are tender and a little brown.

Nutrition Facts:


  • Calories 140
  • Total Fat 5 g
  • Saturated Fat N/A
  • Sodium 85 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 19 g
  • Fiber 3 g
  • Protein 3 g


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  January 12, 2012 


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Safety Saturday in January 2012

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Upcoming Event!


What:  Safety Saturday

When: Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum, 900 SE 35th Avenue

Who: All are Invited!


The Jeff Morris Fire & Life Safety Foundation and Portland Fire & Rescue have teamed up to bring you a remarkable facility known as the "Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum."

The Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum, located at the Historic Belmont Firehouse at 900 SE 35th Avenue, is not your traditional museum.  The Safety Learning Center’s mission is to share the rich history and heritage of the fire service in Portland, Oregon and promote fire and life safety education for each and every guest. 

Safety Saturday at the Historic Belmont Firehouse is happening this Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m.  Drop in during open hours to see the exhibits and learn about safety for you and your family.  No appointment is necessary. For questions about tours, events, activities, or safety information, contact Scott Goetchius at (503) 823-3615 or link to the official website at



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   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 13, 2012


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NEWS RELEASE 01/13/12: Portland Fire & Rescue Responding to a HazMat Incident at David Douglas High School, 12 Transported to Hospitals

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January 13, 2012

3:04 PM

Click on photo above to watch Firefighter/Asst. Public Information Officer Tommy Schroeder speak with NewsChannel 8 regarding the HazMat incident.

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At 10:14 am, 9-1-1 call-takers received reports that a small explosion had occurred in a science classroom at David Douglas High  School located at1001 SE 135th Avenue.  The classroom where the explosion took place was reportedly filled with smoke, so students and faculty immediately evacuated the science wing which houses a total of 12 classrooms.

Specially trained Firefighter/HazMat Technicians from Portland Fire Station 7 (Mill Park) arrived first on-scene and were told that at the time of the explosion, sodium metal had been placed in a sink and come into contact with water.  Sodium is a bright, silvery metal that is soft and highly reactive. Sodium floats on water, which decomposes it to evolve hydrogen and form the hydroxide. Sodium may ignite spontaneously on contact water.  At that time, firefighters called for a Level II HazMat response bringing additional resources and expertise to the scene of this mass casualty incident.

25 students and one teacher were in the classroom at the time of the explosion.  One adult and 11 students were assessed and treated by Portland firefighter/paramedics and school nurses.  Most were complaining of upper respiratory distress.  The students were then transported to area hospitals; all with non-life threatening injuries.

Both the classroom where the explosion occurred and clothing worn by the 11 students who were transported to hospitals tested positive for high concentrations of ph.  Firefighters used the school's showers to decontaminate affected students and outfit them with Tyvek suits prior to transport.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Duane Bray, "This emergency evacuation took place quickly and efficiently thanks to David Douglas High School's advanced planning and preparation for such an event."

This incident is an important reminder to all teachers and students that science labs are places of tremendous excitement and learning, but it is important to stay safe and alert at all times.  Students should listen carefully to their teacher at all times when working with dangerous materials. Injury or accident could easily occur if directions are not carefully followed.

Specifically, students are urged to:

  • Familiarize yourself with the location of any and all safety equipment which may be available, including the fire extinguisher and the eyewash station.
  • If you have access to an emergency shower, know where this is located.
  • Know where the exits to the room are found and follow evacuation procedures quickly and quietly if needed.
  • Check your equipment for breakage. If you find a crack in a glass beaker or other container, inform your instructor and dispose of the glass in the proper location.

Photos Courtesy PF&R Photographer Greg Muhr




January 13, 2012

10:53 am


Portland firefighters are responding to a HazMat incident at David Douglas High School in SE Portland.

A small explosion has occurred in the science wing and everyone has evacuated. There are at least three patients with reported minor injuries.

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Public Information Officer is en-route to the scene and media staging will be determined upon arrival. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 13, 2012 


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Get to Know Your Neighborhood Firefighter: Battalion Chief Craig Funk

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As the B-shift chief in Battalion 3, I serve the communities on Portland's Eastside.  My response area runs from the Columbia River south to Mt. Scott and runs east to west from approximately 75th Avenue to 162nd Avenue and includes Stations 2, 7, 11, 12, 19, 29, 30, 31 and the PF&R Training Center.

Battalion 3 is an active battalion for emergency calls and houses some of the busiest units in the City of Portland.  Battalion 3 stations enjoy a close working relationship with our neighboring fire agencies in Gresham, Clackamas, and the Port of Portland.

In fact, Station 31, located in the Rockwood neighborhood, is jointly staffed by both Portland Fire & Rescue and Gresham Fire & Rescue. You can identify Portland Fire Battalion Chiefs by our bright red Suburban marked "Battalion Chief" with a myriad of antennas jutting from the roof of the vehicle.


I began my career with Portland Fire in April 1988. This was a return to my home town after working for Douglas County Fire District #5 near  Roseburg,Oregon.

I spent the bulk of my years as a firefighter at Station 1, known as the "Big House".  I worked in the technical rescue program which provides rope rescue, trench collapse rescue, confined space rescue, and structural collapse rescue.  I promoted to Lieutenant in 1996, Captain in 2001, and Battalion Chief in 2008. 


I remember being sworn in on the third floor of the Central Fire Station #1 by the Fire Chief.  During the ceremony, I could hear the bells steadily hitting and the sirens of fire apparatus as they left the station floor two floors below.  Even though I had already been a professional firefighter, I could not believe I was being given the opportunity to become a Portland Firefighter.  I was excited and nervous about the challenge that lay ahead.


Early in my career, I was caught in an explosion with two other firefighters while approaching the front of an old building located on Portland's lower east side.  The building was well involved in fire but was starved of oxygen.  As we approached, a big fireball erupted from the storefront windows knocking all three of us into Burnside Street. We all received burns and one firefighter sustained additional injuries. This experience taught me a new respect for the dangers of the job.


As a Battalion Chief, I do not get the opportunity to cook like I did as a member of an engine or truck company. I do however get to enjoy the cooking of our many fine firehouse cooks!  Occasionally, I get talked into making homemade caramel corn for the firefighters at Station 7 where I am quartered. 


The most enjoyable jobs I had prior to the fire service were working as a gondola supervisor at Big Sky of Montana Ski Resort in the Rockies and working in Yellowstone National Park.

The most difficult job I had before becoming a firefighter was working in a rock quarry crushing plant.  My earliest job was working with my father for a summer as a commercial fisherman in the dory fleet at Pacific City. 


Attitude is everything. The job of a firefighter brings an endless number challenges and scenarios. The longer you do this job the more you realize there is no limit to what is out there that you have not experienced.  The firefighter that makes themselves a career long student of their position and approaches their work with humility and a positive attitude will set the standard for those that follow in their footsteps.


My summers are spent sailing and horseback riding with my family. We also enjoy going to the coast and taking the occasional road trip. In the winter, skiing takes center stage. Our family enjoys Mt. Hood Meadows and an occasional trip to Mt Bachelor with friends.  Music is also a huge part of my family’s life. My two girls Allison and Anna play piano and recorder like their mom. I try to keep up on the guitar.


When I arrive on scene, my first thought goes to the safety of my crews and the public.  As a battalion chief, it is my job to concentrate on the "big picture" while my firefighters get their job done. 

I am constantly evaluating the scene for hazards to life. This can include uncontrolled traffic, power lines down, structural issues or rapidly changing fire conditions.  We cannot be effective at helping others if we have not secured the emergency scene.


Treat others as you want to be treated yourself. 

 Portland Fire & Rescue

 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 January 13, 2012


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NEWS RELEASE 01/14/12: Portland Firefighters Rescue Woman from Frigid Waters of Willamette River near Ross Island Bridge

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January 14, 2012

5:25 pm

At 12:39 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to reports of a woman jumping off the Ross Island Bridge. Multiple witnesses who were driving across the bridge at the time of the incident called 9-1-1 to report that they saw a woman who was walking westbound across the bridge suddenly turn, climb over the rail, and jump off the side.

Upon receiving the call from dispatch, firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue Station 21 (Eastbank Hawthorne) ran down the Eastbank Esplanade dock adjacent to the station and boarded the Eldon Trinity rescue boat. Given the rescue boat's rapid response capabilities, firefighters arrived on scene within six minutes of the call. They located the woman's body in the river, lowered the boat's front platform into the water, and pulled her out of the frigid water.

Portland Firefighter/Paramedic Nick Weichal started CPR immediately and as a result of his efforts, the woman regained a pulse. Meanwhile, Firefighter Colin McGladrey piloted the rescue boat to shore and the patient was transferred to a waiting ambulance and taken to OHSU where her condition is unknown at this time.

"Thanks to eye witness reports, firefighters were able to quickly pinpoint the exact location where she entered the water. With water rescues, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Arriving on scene and resuscitating her so quickly may have saved this woman's life," said Portland Fire Lieutenant Dean Krake.

 Portland Fire & Rescue

 We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

 January 14, 2012

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