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Novelty/Toylike Lighters: Welcome in Oregon?

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As of June 2, 2009, Oregon law prohibits the sale, manufacturing, importing, or distribution of novelty/toylike lights within the state of Oregon. 

What are They?

Many of the novelty/toylike lighters look like animals, miniature cars, music instruments, game pieces, and other toys and have audio or visual effects that make them appealing to children less than 10 years of age.

  • Audio effects: includes music, animal sounds, whistles, buzzers, beepers or other noises not related to the flame-producing function of the lighter
  • Visual effects: includes flashing lights, color-changing lights, and changing images

These novelty lighters are dangerous because many children are unable to tell the difference between a toy and a novelty lighter.  By prohibiting their sale, children will be protected from a dangerous instrument that could encourage curiosity and invite unintentional misuse.

Examples of Prohibited Novelty/Toylike Lighters:

Below are photos of prohibited novelty/toylike lighters. Please note this is not a complete photo gallery of all prohibited novelty lighters.

Click here for more photos of prohibited novelty/toylike lighters.

Are there any Exceptions?

There are three exceptions to the Oregon Law (2009 House Bill 2365):

  1. Lighters manufactured before January 1, 1980.
  2. A lighter made permanently incapable of producing a flame or otherwise causing combustion.
  3. Standard lighters with logos, decals, decorative artwork, or heat-shrinkable sleeves.

What are the Civil Penalties?

  • Manufacturers & Importers: $10,000*
  • Wholesale Dealers: $1,000*
  • Retailers: $500*

*Violators may be fined separately for each day they sell novelty/toylike lighters.

Additional Information

For additional and more specific information on the rules and laws, visit the Oregon State Police – Office of State Fire Marshal’s website at or by phone at (503) 934-8264 or (503) 934-8285.  

October 26, 2009

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