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A Generous Donation from American Promotional Events, Inc.

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For the past three years in July, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) partnered with the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and the Office of State Fire Marshal to conduct a “Operation Lower the BOOM” detail. 

“Operation Lower the BOOM” is a fire prevention program that places city fire inspectors in the field to confiscate illegal fireworks and identify persons using or possessing illegal fireworks and issue citations. July 2007 was the first attempt at an illegal use of fireworks abatement strategy using the citation concept in the enforcement process.

During the first “Operation Lower the BOOM” detail, PF&R and PPB confiscated an estimated $12,600 in explosives and wrote 33 citations for $100 each, making the first attempt an instant success.

To help offset the costs of “Operation Lower the BOOM” and other PF&R fire prevention programs, American Promotional Events, Inc. donated $5,000 to PF&R.  Part of American Promotional Events, Inc.’s mission is to actively support the safety of the Portland community and work with local government to implement safety and educational programs in schools.




Portland Fire & Rescue accepted the donation of $5,000 in October 2009 and sincerely thanks American Promotional Events, Inc. for their generous donation!


October 26, 2009 

It's All About the Kids

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The Salvation Army’s All About Kids Annual Dinner was held last night at the Oregon Zoo Cascade Crest Ballroom. This event brought together hundreds of corporate, civic, and community leaders to learn about, celebrate, and raise funds for the Salvation Army's programs that target thousands of children and teens from the Portland metro area that are homeless, abused, or struggling to find their way. 

The event included an auction, musical performance, story sharing, and delectable food.

Portland Fire & Rescue showed support of this worthy cause by purchasing a table and sending representatives from our Chief’s Office, Emergency Operations, Management Services, and Prevention Division to the event. 


The Salvation Army: Did You Know?

Through 10 facilities across three counties, the Salvation Army serves those in need throughout the Portland-Metro area. The Salvation Army is able to serve in this way due to support and partnerships in the community. 

To learn more about the Salvation Army and their sponsors, upcoming events, causes, and how to volunteer, click here.

October 23, 2009

PF&R Divers Diverted to Emergency on the Columbia River

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Video courtesy of KOIN Local 6


A KOIN 6 news crew was expecting to watch Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) dive team take part in a routine training exercise on the Columbia River.  However, a real emergency call on the river came in before the training could begin. A caller had reported seeing a woman jump from the bridge into the Columbia River. 

PF&R’s Dive Team raced to the base of the I-205 bridge on the Rescue Boat with the KOIN 6 news crew on board.  PF&R’s Fireboat 17 was also in route to the scene. 

PF&R’s Rescue Boat arrived first on-scene and attempted to set a single anchor so a quick dive could be conducted.  However, the current was running fast and swung the Rescue Boat out of position.  The crew of the Rescue Boat radioed communication of the river’s conditions to the crew of Fireboat 17.  Fireboat 17 arrived just as the crew of the Rescue Boat began to place two anchors in the river for stabilization. 

Fireboat 17 set two anchors at the scene and then lowered the divers into position.  The divers searched for an hour and half in approximately 10 feet of water.  A Coast Guard helicopter assisted with searching the surface water and shoreline. The woman has not been found.   

Portland Fire & Rescue has an average of eight divers on duty every day for water emergencies.

Please call the crisis hotline 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know is feeling depressed or hopeless.

October 22, 2009

Lunch in Good Company

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PF&R’s Fire Blog went live on Monday, October 19th with a challenge posed to all 30 stations…the first station to send in any type of blog entry and picture would receive free, dripping with cheese, sizzling pizzas for ALL 3 SHIFTS! Can you guess which station stepped up to the plate and were the first ones to submit their world famous Asparagus, Shrimp, and Scallop Stir Fry recipe??!!! 

Station 22 B-Shifters!


There are three shifts (A, B, and C) that staff each of PF&R’s 30 stations.  PF&R firefighters work for 24 hours and then get 48 hours off. The B-shift at Station 22 includes six firefighters and two Lieutenants. The pizzas were purchased from Mississippi Pizza in North Portland and were thoroughly enjoyed by Station 22 B-Shifters!

Try Station 22’s Asparagus, Shrimp, and Scallop Stir Fry recipe and let us know what you think!



Station 22’s Asparagus, Shrimp, & Scallop Stir Fry Recipe 




   * 1 pound frozen shelled, deveined shrimp
   * 1 pound bay scallops
   * 1 pound of sliced mushrooms
   * 3/4 pound asparagus
   * 8 to 9 ounces fresh linguine
   * 1 tablespoon olive oil
   * 2 cloves garlic, peeled, and pressed
   * 1 cup chopped tomatoes
   * 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
   * About 1/2 cup skimmed chicken broth
   * Salt and pepper



1.  Place shrimp in a colander; rinse frequently with cold water until thawed, about 5 minutes. In a covered 5- to 6-quart nonstick pan over high heat, bring 2 1/2 to 3 quarts water to a boil.

2.  Break off and discard tough stem ends from asparagus. Rinse asparagus and cut diagonally into 1 1/4-inch lengths.

3.  Add linguine and shrimp to boiling water; cook, uncovered, until pasta is barely tender to bite and shrimp are opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 2 to 3 minutes. Wash colander and pour pasta and shrimp into it; rinse with hot water and drain.

4.  Rinse pan and return to high heat. When dry, add oil, garlic, mushrooms, and asparagus. Stir often until garlic begins to brown, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and 1/2 cup broth; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium.

5.  Pour shrimp mixture and scallops into pan. Mix until pasta is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. For a moister dish, add 2 to 4 more tablespoons broth. Pour into a wide bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Station 22:  Did you Know?

Station 22 is located at 7205 N. Alta Avenue close to the St. John’s Bridge.  Both an Engine and a Truck are housed at Station 22’s;   Portland Fire & Rescue calls this a “double company.”  The two apparatus responded to almost 2,600 calls last fiscal year.  Station 22 also is home to two quads and a brush unit.  The quads and brush unit are used primarily for wildland response, controlled burns, hauling gear, and park patrol.

October 22, 2009

The House is Burning...Just Like We Planned!!!

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When & Where     

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) burned a house in North Portland for training purposes. The house was located at the intersection of North Skidmore Street and North Maryland Avenue. This training exercise is part of PF&R’s “Burn to Learn” program and provided PF&R firefighters exposure to live fire in a real residential structure. 

The donated house involved in the burn is owned by Sierra Construction outside of Seattle, Washington.  Sierra Construction has donated several houses to PF&R’s “Burn to Learn” program in an effort to clear the block and provide training opportunities for Portland firefighters.  In the future, the block will be turned into a park until the economy improves and later a mixed-use building will be constructed on the site.  PF&R will stage two more burn exercises on the block before the end of the year.


Beginning at 0900 a.m., Training Officers set small fires in the house and sent in-service firefighters from Engines 10, 14, 25, and 29, Rehab 10, and Truck 25 inside to observe the behavior of and extinguish the small fires. The process was supervised by experienced, career firefighters and followed strict safety guidelines. Once the training drills were complete, the house was burned in a controlled manner. Firefighters extended lines around the house to ensure that the fire stayed confined and was kept under control at all times. The rain assisted the training exercise as the firefighters did not have to be as concerned about embers igniting any occupied houses nearby.   


Photos by Lieutenant Allen Oswalt, Portland Fire & Rescue


“Burn to Learn” Training exercises are critical and provide invaluable training experience for firefighters. One of the best learning environments is actual hands-on experience dealing with live fire. House burn drills allow your PF&R firefighters to learn the limits of their equipment and tactics in an instructive, non-emergency environment.  Portland Fire & Rescue conducts “Burn to Learn” training exercises several times a year.


If you have any questions about PF&R’s “Burn to Learn” training exercise or program, please contact PF&R Lieutenant Allen Oswalt at (503) 940-6003.