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Come to our Fire Safety Festivals Oct. 10 and Oct. 12 for Fire Prevention Week

participate in Fire Prevention Week with food, fun, and fire safety tips. Meet your local firefighters, gather with neighbors, enjoy some BBQ, check out the fire station, and take part in our fun fire safety learning stations.

Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on October 9, 1871. This tragic conflagration killed some 300 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. 

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first national Fire Prevention Day proclamation. For more than 80 years, the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has officially sponsored Fire Prevention Week, honoring the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire and using the event to increase awareness of the dangers of fire.

Fire Prevention Week is the longest running week-long safety education campaign for which Presidents have issued formal proclamations.

This year, the theme is Kitchen Fires, one of the leading causes of fires in the home. PF&R is going out into the community to spread the word. The community is invited to two Fire Safety Festivals that will feature food, fun, and fire safety tips. Meet your local firefighters, gather with neighbors, enjoy some BBQ, and check out the fire station and our fun fire safety learning stations.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
3:00pm until 6:00pm
Alberta Park, next to Portland Fire Station 14
1905 NE Killingsworth, Portland

Saturday, October 12, 2013
11:00am until 2:00pm
Parking lot next to Portland Fire Station 11
5707 SE 92nd Ave, Portland


PF&R Members Deployed for Wildfire Mission

Portland Fire members have returned from a wildfire deployment with the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office where they worked in various positions on the incident management team. Their mission was to protect structures from the wildfire while the Oregon Department of Forestry concentrated on containing the wildfire itself. The OSFM IMT is comprised of members from all over the state and are dispatched to incidents of any kind requiring assistance should a local jurisdiction request it.

Left to Right: Cpt Steve Bregman (Safety Officer); Lt Justin DeRuyter (PIO); Battalion Chief Kevin Shanders (Logistics Section Chief) PIO /; Firefighter Tommy Schroeder (PIO)
Not pictured: Lt. Chris Barney (Division Supervisor)

PF&R Reduces Overtime $747,000 for FY 2012-2013:

Administrative focus on cutting costs brings overtime down additional 9.3% from last year

Now that the final tally for Portland Fire and Rescue’s fiscal year 2012 – 2013 expenditures are in, PF&R Chief Erin Janssens reports that through tight controls, the bureau decreased overtime spending by $747,000. That’s an 9.3% decrease from last year. Over the past four years, the bureau has reduced overtime costs by 21% (adjusted for inflation).

“Everyone knows we strive to keep people safe and provide excellence in emergency services, but we are also good stewards of taxpayer dollars; we work hard to be as efficient as possible while continuing to be one of the most effective and aggressive urban fire & rescue departments in the nation.” says Janssens. “It was a tough budget year, but by tightening overtime policies and having a cost-effective ‘traveler pool,’ we were able to make a significant dent in these kinds of expenditures.”

Overtime in a fire department is often a complicated manner. Each fire apparatus has minimum staffing requirements (established nationally) in order to respond safely, and effectively to emergencies. This means that if any one of four firefighters at a neighborhood station is sick or on vacation (on approved leave creating a vacancy), that position needs to be filled in order to operate safely and effectively. PF&R utilizes an efficiency called a “traveler pool” – a group of trained firefighters whose assignment is to fill these vacancies from approved earned leave. Through number crunching and modeling, PF&R was able to determine that this is the most cost-efficient approach to staffing at fire stations.

“Portland Fire & Rescue is responding to our city’s need by becoming the sort of modern and efficient fire & rescue department that these economic times call for,” says Fire Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “PF&R continually gets high marks from our citizens for response excellence, so I’m happy to see them also demonstrate the tough fiscal responsibility Portlanders need.”  

Portland City Council Accepts Federal Grant To Replace Risky Firefighter Facepieces

Portland City Council moved to accept and appropriate a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to replace Portland Fire & Rescue's outdated facepieces


On the left: A PF&R facepiece that failed from heat. On the right: The new facepiece design.

Today Portland City Council moved to accept and appropriate a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to replace Portland Fire & Rescue's outdated facepieces that are an integral part of a firefighter's self-contained breathing apparatus. These face pieces are the masks that firefighters use to separate themselves from extreme heat, noxious smoke and toxic gasses, while delivering clean air to breathe during firefighting or hazardous material operations.

PF&R needed to replace these pieces of equipment in order to be compliant with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Recent studies ( have shown that the facepieces PF&R currently use put firefighters at risk due to failure from thermal degradation of the polycarbonate lenses.

PF&R's selection by the Department of Homeland Security, (through its Federal Emergency Management Agency) to receive a $518,240 grant for the purchase of individual face-pieces for self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) will fund equipment updates long overdue.

"We're extremely pleased to get this grant that will help us make sure our safety equipment meets federal standards and our firefighters will be armed with the tools they need to protect Portland's people, places, and environment," says PF&R Chief Erin Janssens. "Our current facepieces have exceeded their useful life, and have been identified to fail under certain circumstances, so the ability to replace them at this time is an enormous benefit."

Fire Commissioner Dan Saltzman brought the grant to Council in his first ordinance on behalf of PF&R since his assignment a month ago. He said, "PF&R is very aggressive not only in protecting people, but also in pursuing every grant opportunity available that assists in both operational needs and savings to our city. I'm pleased to see this grant appropriated."