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PF&R Honored for Saving U of P Baseball Player's Life

PF&R Honored for Saving University of Portland Baseball Player's Life

firefighters honored univ of portland 

Firefighters (from left) Jason Warner, Casey Steele, Keith Jordan and Kurt Schatz. Right: Portland Pilots' JR Bunda

The University of Portland recently held its Diamond Dinner, an annual event held to mark anotherdonated jersey year in baseball for the school's team. But this year wasn't just another one for the Pilots. This past December, the Pilots were faced with a situation much more harrowing  than going against an undefeated team: their captain, JR Bunda, collapsed after a workout and went into cardiac arrest.

Thanks to the quick thinking of the University staff, the situation was set up as best as possible by the time the crew from Portland Fire & Rescue's Station 26 raced into the gym to begin the lifesaving measures that would restart Bunda's heart.

The Station 26 crew went to work: Kurt Schatz acted as team leader, directing IV medication plans and use of the defibrillator; Keith Jordan handled clearing Bunda's airway and manually running a bag valve mask to help him breath; Casey Steele and Jason Warner traded off chest compression duties as well as tracking medical interventions and collecting his history. The crew got his heart started again and he was swiftly shifted to the hospital where he lay in a coma for over 24 hours.

Bunda is now fully healed and ready to hit the diamond again. And at the Diamond Dinner, the team thanked the crew at Station 26 for their part in putting Bunda back on the pitching mound. Pilots' coach Chris Sperry presented the firefighters from Station 26 with a framed jersey of Bunda's. Bunda coincidentally plays as number 26 on the team, the same number of the station and the number emblazoned on the truck that came roaring in to save his life. The jersey is hanging in the North Portland station house, a reminder of the lives on the line every day they come to work.


 See coach Chris Sperry tell the story of what happened that day on December 10 when JR Bunda's heart stopped...

Chief Erin Janssens Presents at City Council Budget Hearing

Chief Erin Janssens Presents at City Council Budget Hearing

Last month, Chief Erin Janssens presented the budget outlook for Portland Fire & Rescue. Watch this video for an in-depth view into how the Bureau functions.


PF&R Charitable Contribution Recognition

Portland Fire & Rescue is extremely proud of the countless ways our members serve and give back to our community, both professionally and personally.  In addition to the various ways firefighters assist citizens during emergencies, over the past year our members have donated over 6,008 hours to the following causes and organizations:

American Cancer Society

American Red Cross

Annual Sock Drive

Beaverton Food Pantry

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Blanchet House

Bone Marrow Donor

Boy Scouts of America

Breast Cancer Research

Charity Races

Church Groups

Coach High School Athletics

Coach Sports Teams

Community Center

Community Charter School

Community Work

Courts of Kids

Cub Scout Pack #413

Cub Scouts

Cystic Fibrosis

David Douglas Football Team

Disabled American Vets

Door-to-Door Sales for Various School Drives

Feeding Homeless

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue

Girl Scouts of America

Global Missions

Habitat for Humanity

Hero Flights

Jefferson County Fire

Junior Marines

Lake Grove Rural Fire District #57

Lake Oswego Soccer Club

Little League


Missionary Groups

Mosier Fire Department

Mosier Legion

Mountain Park Church-Upward Basketball League

Mt. St. Helen’s Volcano Rescue Team

Newberg Christian Church

OC Youth Football

Odell Volunteer Fire

Oregon Burn Center

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Junior Football

Portland Christian Church

Portland Firefighter Stairclimb

Portland Public Schools Carrier Counseling

Red Cross

River Grove Elementary School

Salmon Creek Little League

Salmon Creek Soccer Club

School Board Director

School Charity Drives

School Scripts

School Volunteers

Senior Center Volunteer

Sherwood Charter School


Snow Cap Food Bank

Solid Rock Church Mission Trips

St. Baldricks

St. Michaels Catholic Church

SW Community Center/Aquatic Center

Team Rubicon Disaster Response

TIP Advisory Board

Toy & Joy

Wild Canyon Games for At Risk Youth

Wounded Warrior Project

Young Life

Youth Groups

Youth Music Programs


PF&R members donated over $137,187 to the following organizations:

Adopt a Native Elder Program

Africachild Sponsorship

Alder Creek Middle School

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society, supporting John Harding

American Diabetes

Ascension Catholic Church

Asian Family Center


Basic Rights Oregon

BCAC Community Swim Club

Boy Scouts



Caddies 4 a Cure

Cancer Research Centers

Cascadia Montessori School

Christ the King Church

Community Charter School

Compassion International

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis, supporting Wes Loucks

David Douglas Dad’s Club


Environment Oregon

Girl Scouts




Hero Flights

HIV Alliance

Hydrocephalus, supporting Jerrod Miller

Interstate Bible Chapel

Keaton Coffey

King’sWay Christian School

Lake Oswego School Foundation

Lakeridge Jr. High School

Lewis and Clark Montessori

Locks of Love

Mamgo Dey



Mt.Scott Church of God

My Father’s House Family Shelter

Naydenov Gymnastic Club

Newberg Christian Church



NW Children’s Theatre

OC Youth Football

Odell Volunteer Fire


Oregon Burn Center

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Humane Society

Oregon Junior Football

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Outdoor School

Pennies for the Homeless

PFCA Charitable Account

PFFA Charitable Fund

PFFA Charter

Planned Parenthood

Pongo Fund

Portland Christian Church

Portland Fire Chiefs Association

Portland Firefighter Stairclimb

Portland Rescue Mission

PPB Sunshine Division

Project Community Care

River Grove Elementary School PTO

Roosevelt High School Sports

Run for the Arts

Saint Baldricks

Salmon Creek Little League

Salvation Army

School Jogathon

Sherwood Charter School

Snow Cap Food Bank

Spring Mountain Elementary

St. Jude’s Oregon Burn Center

St. Michaels Catholic Church

Steve Brand Foundation

Susan G. Komen

Temple Beth Hatfiloh

The Mission on Burnside


Toy & Joy

Trout Unlimited

Tualatin Schoolhouse Pantry

Various Churches

Various College Universities

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Washington County Sheriff’s

World Vision

Wounded Warrior Project

Youth for Christ

Youth Sports


PF&R members raised over $58,700 for the following organizations:

Cloud Cap Food Drive

Cub Scouts, popcorn sales

Cystic Fibrosis

David Douglas Auto Shop

Keaton Coffey Memorial Fund

Mosier Christmas Basket, family heads the drive

Portland Firefighter Stairclimb

River Grove Elementary School Auction and Carnival, Co-chair

St. Baldricks

Fire Safety for Bars and Nightclubs.

Tips to stay safe, while out at nightclubs and bars.

At least 231 people were killed in a recent nightclub fire in Southern Brazil. The fire, reportedly started by on stage pyrotechnics, produced fire and smoke that immediately overcame many of the party goers. 

It is common at nightclubs in Brazil for patrons to accumulate a bar tab throughout the evening; this tab is then paid as a condition of exit from the club. Brazilian media are also reporting that some of the exit doors at the now destroyed Kiss Nightclub were locked at the time the fire started. 

Many of the club patrons were students at local schools and universities, a similar demographic to those who attend nightclubs in the United States and Portland; the youth and health that is often associated with this demographic provides no security or advantage over the rapid spread and potency of the asphyxiating smoke and gasses that accompany such fires. 

Many of the most deadly fires in recent years have been at nightclubs. A 2009 fire at a club in Perm, Russia killed 152; in 2004 a similar fire in Argentina killed 194, a Christmas day fire at a nightclub fire in Luoyang, China killed 309. 

Acoustic treatments, common in concert halls, can be highly flammable and contribute to the instant and lethal spread of fire and smoke. A 2003 fire at the Station nightclub in Rhode Island killed one hundred people. The fire was started by pyrotechnics that ignited soundproofing. Inhalation and asphyxiation caused the death of many of the concert attendees who were unable to escape the smoke and blaze through limited and insufficient exits. The band manager and nightclub owners were each found guilty of 100 counts of manslaughter; each was sentenced to 15 years in prison. 

Limited or poorly marked exits, in addition to widespread panic, often result in a stampede of those trying to escape these conflagrations. Many are trampled and injured upon reaching exit doors. 

Portland Fire & Rescue places a great emphasis on the safety of nightclubs in Portland. A multi-tiered approach, including progressive code setting, inspections, and code enforcement, has contributed greatly to the safety of visitors to Portland's nightclubs and concert venues. 

Patrons of nightclubs and other gathering places can also protect themselves: 

-Before entering a building look to see if the occupancy makes you feel safe and comfortable. 
-Be certain that doors open outward and exits are clear. 
-When you enter, look for all available exits, most attempt to exit from the same place they entered when another exit is often closer and less crowded. 
-If you feel unsafe, leave immediately, and report unsafe conditions to Portland Fire & Rescue. Fire Code and Inspection questions can be answered by calling (503) 823-3700

In the event of an emergency exit immediately through the NEAREST exit, GET OUT and STAY OUT. Meet your group at a prearranged location and NEVER reenter a hazardous environment. 

Portland Fire & Rescue sends our condolences to those lost in Brazilian nightclub fire. With hard work and diligence, Portland Fire & Rescue, and our customers, can prevent such a tragedy from ever taking place in Portland.