On Monday, January 18th, Portland Fire & Rescue proudly sponsored a table at the 24th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast to honor Dr. King's legacy. The breakfast was hosted at the Oregon Convention Center by the Skanner Foundation, which is committed to the growth and development of America’s youth. The foundation provides scholarships to deserving college students on an equal opportunity basis. This year's Skanner Foundation scholarship recipients were announced at the breakfast. In addition to the scholarship presentations, addresses were given by Senator Ron Wyden, Representative Earl Blumenauer and Keynote Speaker Robin Morris Collin who spoke about the relationship between Dr. King's work and sustainability.
Organized by Operations Division Chief John Nohr, the following members represented Portland Fire & Rescue at the event: Fire Commissioner Randy Leonard, Fire Chief John Klum, Lieutenant Damon Simmons, Lieutenant/Investigator Fabian Jackson, Fire Marshal Erin Janssens, Jim Fairchild, Chief Mark Schmidt, Chief John Nohr, Chief Jeff Bancroft, Firefighter/Recruiter Terry Foster, and Alisa Cour.
The cornerstone of Dr. King's work was to achieve equal opportunity for all. At Portland Fire & Rescue, we support Dr. King's vision. Toward that end, PF&R's leadership has worked diligently over the past several years to expand our recruitment outreach efforts and develop job opportunities with the goal of making a career with Portland Fire & Rescue attainable for all. From visiting coffee shops in underrepresented areas for chats about firefighting careers, to providing summer employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth, to the recent appointment of Portland's first female Fire Marshal, to conducting a cultural assessment of its employees, great things are happening at Portland Fire & Rescue.
January 19, 2010