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Historic Swearing-In Ceremony Today: Sara Boone is PF&R's First African-American Chief Officer

When four firefighters were promoted today, it marked a milestone.

This morning, four PF&R firefighters were promoted at a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. The event included a historic moment: Sara Boone was sworn in as Battalion Chief. Boone is the first African-American chief officer at PF&R. Congrats also to newly appointed Deputy Chief Terry Munro, Captain Sam James, and Lieutenant James Martin who were sworn in today.

Spring Landlord Classes Announced

Free landlord training available

The Spring Landlord Training classes have been scheduled – see the table below for dates and locations. Class sign-in begins at 8 a.m. and class starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. The class lasts a full 8 hours, with a 1-hour lunch break mid-day and concluding by 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for attending this class, but purchase of the $20 (cash or check please) Landlord Training manual on site is recommended. Please note the class does not currently offer credit towards real estate continuing education:  

Spring 2014 Class Schedule
Date Location
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Adventist Medical Center – Amphitheatre
10123 S.E. Market St., Portland OR 97216
Saturday, May 3, 2014 Providence Hospital – Health Conference Center (HCC) Room 1-3, Basement Level
4805 NE Glisan Street
Monday, May 12, 2014 Providence Portland Medical Center | Cancer Center, Amphitheatre
4805 NE Glisan St., Portland, OR 97213
Saturday, May 17, 2014 Legacy Emanuel Medical Center | Lorenzen, Auditorium
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave., Portland OR 97227
Sign in begins at 8 a.m., with the class promptly starting at 8:30 a.m.. The class lasts a full 8 hours with a 1 hour lunch break. If you do not sign in by 8:30 a.m. your seat may be filled from our class waiting list.

Class registration is available at our website using the following link Online Registration or by printing and faxing/mailing in a registration form (Printable Version). If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future classes, please call the Landlord Training voice mail line at (503) 823-7955; leave your name, mailing address, phone number and a message that you would like to be added to the mailing list. Thank you for your interest in the Landlord Training Program.

Program Information:

Since 1989, this nationally recognized program has taught over 17,000 Portland-area owners and managers how to keep illegal activity out of rentals, maintain property in compliance with City maintenance regulations, and partner with City services/programs both to provide habitable housing and protect their residential property investment. The Landlord Training Program is made available by funding received from the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue.

This program is constantly updated to current laws and issues, and has been adopted by over 550 cities and counties across the nation. The content of the course reflects in-depth research with organizations and individuals in police work, housing maintenance, property management, law, and public housing.

The Workshop focuses on keeping rental properties safe and free of illegal activity by training landlords in effective property management, and techniques for dealing with illegal activities by tenants.

We know it works. Property owners who have enacted these practices improve our community by taking simple steps that help prevent illegal activity, property destruction, and maintenance-related problems. Past trainees describe the class as both helpful for their business and beneficial to the community. It is far less expensive for both the City and property owners to work in partnership to prevent problems before they occur rather than take the more costly path of crisis intervention after problems begin.

Past attendees report benefits from attendance that include:

  • A stabilized, more satisfied tenant base with increased demand for rentals.

  • Lower maintenance and repair costs.

  • Improved property values.

  • Improved level of personal safety for both tenants and neighbors.

  • Peace of mind from spending less time on crisis control.

Landlords tell us that the course provided them with screening tips they hadn't considered and also helped them deal successfully with tenants involved with destructive and/or in illegal activity. Surveys indicate that over 90% of landlords who attend the training make beneficial changes in the way they manage their property as a result.

If you haven't attended already, we ask you to attend one of this Spring's Landlord Training Program seminars. Please sign up. We wouldn't ask if it weren't so important.


A special message from Fire Chief Erin Janssens on Window Safety Week

With warmer months approaching, I encourage you to safeguard your windows to prevent a child from falling and suffering serious injury or death. Please share this message with friends with children.

Fires and falls of all kinds are among the leading causes of injury and death in young children. National Window Safety Week is observed annually during the first full week of April to help educate people on how they can keep children from falling out of windows. 

Nationwide, approximately 3,300 children fall from windows every year with 70% falling from second or third story windows. In Oregon, about 50 children ages 0-5 fall from windows annually. The majority of those falls happen during warmer months between May and September.

In fact, the young son of one of our very own Portland firefighters fell from his second story window four years ago. Please take time to watch the following video

Children can fall from windows allowed to open more than 4 inches. As parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters, we need to be aware of how to keep our children safe.

With warmer months approaching, I encourage you to safeguard your windows to prevent a child from falling and suffering serious injury or death. Please share this message with friends with children.



Portland Fire & Rescue

New Station Signs Let Community Know How We Can Help

Portland fire & rescue stations have been outfitted with new signs informing public how we can help

Notice something new at your neighborhood fire & rescue station? Portland stations have now been outfitted with a-frame signs that inform folks about the services we provide to the community as long as we're not out responding to an emergency call. So come by, get your blood pressure checked, find out about things like smoke and CO alarms, learn about the fire & rescue resources that protect your neighborhood, and more.


Off-duty Portland Firefighter Saves Couple from Fire-Engulfed Truck

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This is the gripping story of how one of our off-duty firefighters helped save a couple trapped in a fiery car on an icy bridge.

This is the gripping story of how one of our off-duty firefighters helped save a couple trapped in a fiery car on an icy bridge. Nick Weichel is a committed firefighter and paramedic, on duty, and off. PF&R is proud of him for always making a positive difference, wherever he is.

See video here:

by Pat Dooris, KGW reporter

ELSIE, Ore. -- A remarkable rescue took place on an icy Quartz Bridge along Highway 26 leading to the Oregon coast Tuesday. Eleven vehicles slammed into one another, some at highway speeds.

One of the cars belonged to Nick Weichal.

“I went to stop but I couldn’t because I'm on the bridge and its icy," he said. "And I just kept pumping the breaks trying to slow down as fast as I can.”

He was on his way home to the rural town of Elsie, 55 miles west of Portland, after a 48-hour shift as a Portland firefighter. His car hit a pickup but not hard. He felt relief.

“Absolutely. I knew I wasn’t hurt. I knew I didn’t hurt anybody else, at least not very badly,” said Weichal.

The relief was short lived.

"I knew I needed to start helping people," he said.

But unlike a fire call in the city, Weichal was on his own with no equipment or other crews to back him up. And in the instants after the crash other drivers were no help.

“I would say all of them were in shock. Nobody, nobody helped initially,” said Weichal.

He began checking vehicles and found a couple in their 70s, John and Jerrie Olson, trapped inside their pickup truck.

The doors were damaged in the crash and would not open. Suddenly, Weichal’s efforts to get the doors open took new urgency.

“I noticed that there's a fire starting in the engine compartment, which is really bad because they're stuck in there. So what I started doing is just prying on doors with everything that I could find. Mainly my hands and after going from one side to the next I figured the passenger side was going to be the easiest side to open.

So after maybe, a minute of trying it finally let loose and I was able to open it,” he said.

The firefighter pulled Jerrie Olson to safety. But her husband, John was stuck. Weichal knew he had to get inside the truck to help.

“The fire started out as softball sized. It was getting really big. And so I just, I climbed in there with him and started pulling on him. I told him, he's gotta help himself and he knew it. But the extent of his injuries made it so it was really difficult for him to help himself," said Weichal.

The dashboard and driver's door pushed in and down during the crash. Now they trapped the driver’s legs.

“And I just kept coaching him as I’m pulling on him. The whole time the fire's getting bigger and bigger to where the point its coming through the windshield and I’m in there with him trying to pull on him, pulling on his hands and his arms and trying to get up underneath his arm pits to get a good grasp,” Weichal said.

In his 11 years as a Portland firefighter, he’d never put his life on the line like this.

“Feeling the heat for sure,” Weichal said. "There were a couple times where I had to get back out of the vehicle to get a good breath of air and get my face out, basically of the flames and, but he couldn’t do that so I just had to keep going back," he said.

Weichal went back five times. As time slowed, the firefighter turned to his faith for help.

“I was asking God for some strength and I didn’t want to give up and I knew it was rapidly approaching where I wasn’t going to be able to help this guy any longer and that's when my prayers were answered and his leg was free,” he said.

On Wednesday, he was back at work, thankful to be surrounded by his gear and other firefighters. He’s also answering the question, why not stay away from the flames and say you did your best?

“Because I hadn’t. I hadn’t given it my best shot. I just needed to try. I don’t know how to explain it. I just, I couldn’t live with myself if I had given up earlier," he said.