This June, Chief John Klum will have 34 years of service with Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), serving in a supervisory capacity for 29 of those years.
"Twenty-three years experience in Emergency Operations, as well as serving in staff positions in numerous capacities throughout PF&R, has helped diversify my experience, Chief Klum says. I've learned how PF&R operates, and how to work with other bureaus and stakeholders in the City. Working with those bureaus, agencies and stakeholders has provided me with a comprehensive perspective on what PF&R contributes to overall public safety."
Assignments in four of the five divisions within PF&R have allowed Chief Klum the opportunity to learn how each division and section operates. In those positions, he has learned what makes PF&R function, and how different sections provide services crucial to every day operations.
"For instance, I understand the importance of PF&R's civilian employees, and the contributions they make to the organization." The staff assignments I've held have given me experience, credibility, and helped me reach my career goals."
Chief Klum is active in Oregon Fire Chief's Association, International Association of Fire Chief's, the Fire Department Safety Officers Association, and the Salvation Army. Chief Klum attributes much of his success to building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.