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What do Firefighters and Architects have in Common?

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Last night, both united for a worthy cause at Portland State University’s (PSU) Department of Architecture.  PSU, Portland Fire & Rescue, and the Campbell Board of Trustees co-hosted a Wine & Cheese Reception for the much-anticipated unveiling of seven designs for the Campbell Memorial Design Competition.  


Attendees were provided with the unique opportunity to see the designs for the first time, comment on the strengths and concerns for each, and vote for their favorite three.  Over 200 ballots were returned. 

During the past few months, architects who are adjunct faculty of PSU have been steadily working on their designs for a world-class memorial.  Once design selection, fundraising, and construction are complete, the memorial will honor Portland firefighters…past, present, and future. 

The memorial is named after Chief David Campbell who died while fighting the Union Oil fire on June 26, 1911 and plans are to dedicate the memorial on June 26, 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death.


The selection committee will narrow the field down to the top three designs on October 26, 2009, with final selection being made on November 30, 2009.  To follow the design selection, fundraising and construction process, visit for updates.

Portland State University's Department of Architecture to Unveil Firefighter Memorial Design Competition Submissions

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On October 19, 2009, Portland Fire & Rescue, the Campbell Board of Trustees, and Portland State University’s Department of Architecture will host a Wine & Cheese Reception from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Shattuck Hall, Second Floor, located at SW Broadway and Hall Streets. At the event, submissions for the Campbell Memorial Design Competition will be unveiled.  The public is invited to view the designs and vote for their favorites.

Located at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, the Campbell Memorial will be constructed once fundraising is complete as a lasting tribute to honor Portland firefighters’ bravery and sacrifice in the line of duty. Since 1881, 36 Portland firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Portland State University’s Department of Architecture alumni have been working steadily to develop designs for the memorial. After the reception, a jury panel including City of Portland Commissioners Randy Leonard and Nick Fish, Sho Dozono, Jeff Schnabel, Paul Corah, Worth Caldwell, and other arts and culture panelists will select the top three designs, which will be on display to the public in the City Hall Atrium from October 26, 2009 through October 30, 2009.

The memorial is named after David Campbell, who served as Portland’s Fire Chief for two terms between 1889 and 1911. On June 26, 1911, Chief Campbell gave his life in service to his beloved city while fighting one of Portland’s largest fires of the time. One of the first to respond, Chief Campbell was last seen silhouetted against the flames holding his arms up to brace himself against the falling roof of the Union Oil Company. He was found dead several hours later in a front-line firefighter’s turnout coat he had borrowed from one of his men; you could still read “F.D.” or "Fire Department" on one of the buttons.

The Campbell Memorial Committee’s goal is to select a design, raise funds, construct the memorial, and dedicate it on the 100th anniversary of Chief Campbell’s death (June 26, 2011), as well as to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th.”

Jeff Schnabel

Committee Member and PSU Architecture Professor



For more information about the Campbell Memorial Project, please visit

October 19, 2009

Portland Fire's New Arson Detection Dog Receives Special Donation from USI Northwest & Fireman's Fund Insurance

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On October 14, 2009, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) received a generous donation from Fireman's Fund Insurance and USI Northwest in the amount of $10,536 that will help fund training and living expenses for PF&R's new arson dog, Lila the Labrador.  Lila recently joined PF&R through a partnership with the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and now works as a partner to an arson investigator.  Lila has already had an extremely high percentage of alerts come back as confirmed positive by the State Forensics Lab, and has responded to scenes where destructive devices were used on residences and motor vehicles, fire-related suicides, fatal fires, and intentional fires with the use of accelerants and initiators.  As part of the ATF's national response team, Lila and her handler, Lieutenant Jackson, can also be deployed to major events anywhere in the country. 

Those in attendance at Wednesday's donation acceptance ceremony couldn't help but smile as they watched Lila silently and methodically work the room, showing off her accelerant detection skills.  We want to extend a special thank you to Fireman's Fund Insurance and USI Northwest for their ongoing support of PF&R, the greater Portland community, and Lila the Labrador.  (Shhh - I hope Lieutenant Jackson didn't see me slip her those extra biscuits!)




October 19, 2009

Firefighters Extend a Helping Hand to Planet Earth

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When gas prices and utility costs were skyrocketing in 2007/2008, Captain Kevin Shanders and Principal Management Analyst Jay Guo, put their heads together and came up with a plan for reducing Portland Fire & Rescue's (PF&R) mounting utility costs.

The plan was innovative then, but became even more important once the recession materialized.  In February 2009, Captain Shanders and Jay Guo received approval to pilot their brainchild – the "Station Based Utility Budgeting and Incentive Program." Under the program, PF&R set a goal of reducing utility consumption and expenditures by 10% from the prior fiscal year.

All 30 station captains were enlisted to manage utility spending within targeted amounts for their station.

The results of the six-month long pilot are in! Stations 2/Training, 11, 13, 20, 25 and 29 had the biggest percentage savings saved a combined total of $8,994.  Congratulations to the winners and thanks to every station for making a great effort to reduce utility spending.

Station 11    

5707 SE 92nd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97266



Station 13

926 NE Weidler Street Portland, Oregon 97232



Station 2/Training & Safety

4800 NE 122nd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97230


How did they do it? Here’s just a few of the actions that Firefighters took to reduce PF&R’s utility costs and give planet earth a little CPR.


  • Installing motion-sensing light controllers in appropriate rooms
  • Increasing native plants and irrigating lawns for longer periods less frequently
  • Identifying inefficient appliances for replacement
  • Not allowing water hoses to flow unless in use
  • Turning off computers not being actively used
  • Checking washing machine settings to reduce hot water demands...and more!


Station 20

2235 SE Bybee

Portland, Oregon 97202


Station 25

5211 SE Mall Street

Portland, Oregon 97206



Station 29

13310 SE Foster Road

Portland, Oregon 97236


To find more information on the 30 PF&R Fire Stations located through the City of Portland, click here.

October 19, 2009