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Fond Memories of Chief Mel Brink - By Commissioner Randy Leonard

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Original Post on BlueOregon Guest Column


"It was quite a photo as I look at it today. I was 25 years old, tall and skinny with hair in places on my head long ago exposed bare by times relentless march. It was my photo ID as a new Portland Firefighter. Taken the day I was sworn in on January 25, 1978. 


But before I could be sworn in, I had to be interviewed by Assistant Chief Mel Brink. He was the second in command of the Portland Fire Bureau. As I arrived at the 55 SW Ash main headquarters one week before I was to be appointed a brand new Portland firefighter, I felt my stomach in my throat. My hands were sweaty and my field of vision was narrow. I had passed the written, the physical and now, for the final test, I was going to be “eye balled” by Chief Brink."  Click here for the rest of the column.


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October 19, 2009

Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Citrus-Roasted Salmon

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Preparation: 10 minutes

Cook: 19 minutes


1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey

4 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground coriander seeds

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

1 (6-ounce) can thawed orange juice concentrate

4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned (1 inch thick)

Cooking Spray

Orange wedges (optional)

Flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional)



1.  Preheat oven to 400°.

2.  Combine the first 9 ingredients in a bowl; brush both sides of fish with orange mixture.

3.  Reserve remaining orange mixture. Place fish on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.

4.  Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

5.  Place remaining orange mixture in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook until reduced to ½ cup (about 2 minutes). Serve with fish, and garnish with orange wedges and parsley, if desired.


Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 2 tablespoons orange sauce). 

366 Calories, 13.5g fat, 33.5g protein, 27g carbohydrates, 399mg sodium

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September 14, 2009


Photo Courtesy of The Oregonian

Welcome to the Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Fire Blog! My name is John Klum and I am one of the 750 proud members of PF&R.  Thank you for visiting our newest site. 

With support and direction from Commissioner Randy Leonard, PF&R has developed the Fire Blog primarily to communicate new ideas and news, provide an informal channel of communication, and get instant feedback from both internal PF&R members and the communities we serve.

We also hope to:

Emphasize PF&R’s Purpose

We want to communicate to the citizens of Portland what we stand for, what we're trying to accomplish, and what’s important to us as a bureau.

Develop Relationships 

We will provide information, resources, and tips to readers both inside and outside of PF&R.  We will ask for your feedback and what sort of things you would find valuable from the Fire Blog.

The blog will be used as a workspace to keep each other updated and maintain open dialogue. 

The Fire Blog will be a continual work in progress.  So, if you have a comment or suggestion, we always welcome your feedback.  Thanks again for visiting and supporting Portland Fire & Rescue.  Tell a friend.  And we hope you enjoy the site as much as we have enjoyed creating it.

John Klum, Fire Chief

October 19, 2009