On Monday, January 17th, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) proudly sponsored a table at the 25th 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, an address was given by Ellyn Angelotti of the Poynter Institute, a journalism organization based in St. Petersburg, Florida. She spoke about trends in journalism that affect King’s legacy.
Organized and attended by Operations Division Chief John Nohr, the following members also represented PF&R at the event: Fire Chief John Klum, Training & Safety Division Chief Scott Fisher, Division Chief Mark Schmidt, Senior Business Operations Manager Jack Graham, Fire Marshal Erin Janssens, HR Coordinator Jim Fairchild, Deputy Chief John Harding, and Battalion Chief Bob Zavodsky.
The cornerstone of Dr. King's work was to achieve equal opportunity for all. At PF&R, we support that 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 PF&R 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 here at PF&R.
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January 19, 2011