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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Yam and Black Bean Wraps

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Yam and Black Bean Wraps


  • 1 sweet potato (yam), peeled and shredded, (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 cup (canned) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, out of shell
  • 2 tablespoons light Italian or Caesar dressing
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 6 flour tortillas, warmed to soften


  1. In a skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté shredded yams over medium high heat for about 5 minutes, or until crisp tender. Transfer to bowl.
  2. In same skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté red onion for about 5 minutes until tender.
  3. Add sautéed onion, black beans, green onions, and sunflower seeds to shredded yams, making well.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together dressing and honey and toss with yam mixture to coat.
  5. Fill warmed tortillas and wrap.
  6. Makes 6 Wraps.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  January 5, 2011 


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Local 43 Firefighters and Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters Face Off on the Ice!

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Upcoming Event!

What:  Fire Vs. Ice Broom Ball

When: Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Where: Rose Garden

Who: All are Invited!


On Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 7:00 pm, the Portland Winterhawks will host the Seattle Thunderbirds for a night of fun and hockey at the Rose Garden! 

Between periods, the Plumbers of UA Local 290 and Portland Firefighters Association (PFFA) Local 43 firefighters will do battle in their annual Broomball match. Broomball is a popular recreational ice game where players hit a small ball around the ice with a stick called a "broom." The object of broomball is to score more goals than your opponent by hitting the ball into your opponent's net using your broom.

Come out to support the Portland Winterhawks, the Local 43 Firefighters, and the Local 290 Plumbers and Steamfitters in their efforts to increase fire safety awareness. 

Tickets are available for purchase by calling (503) 236-HAWK (4295) or online.  You can also purchase tickets in person at the Winterhawks Ticket Office located on the event level of the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.

See you there!


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  January 6, 2011 


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Give Your Safety Seat a Check Up During January 2011

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During the month of January, fire agencies across Oregon will be hosting Child Passenger Safety Clinics at fire stations for the public. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and trained volunteers from the Child Safety Seat Resource Center will be available at the clinics to work one-on-one with parents and caregivers to correctly install and inspect child safety seats.  Each seat takes about 30 minutes to install and check for damage, size, and age appropriateness.

Click here to access the January and February 2011 safety clinic schedule.  

During January 2011, the following safety clinics will be held locally: 

  • January 6th: Newberg Fire Department, 5pm – 7pm, Fire Station #20, 414 E 2nd Street, Newberg, OR
  • January 8th: Hillsboro - Tuality Health Education Center, 9am – 11am, Tuality Parking Garage - 334 SE 8th Ave., Hillsboro, OR
  • January 13th: Scappoose Fire Station, 4pm – 6pm, 52751 Columbia River Hwy, Scappoose, OR
  • January 15th: Beaverton Police at Beaverton City Hall, 9:00am – 12:30pm, Beaverton City Hall - NW Parking Lot - 4755 SW Griffith Dr. Beaverton, OR  97005
  • January 15th: Clackamas Fire District #1 - Station #3, 10am – 12pm, Station #3: 2930 SE Oak Grove Blvd. Milwaukie, Or.
  • January 22nd: Portland - American Medical Response, 10am – 1pm, 1 SE 2nd Ave. Portland 97214
  • January 26th: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, 3pm – 5pm, 1919 Ash Street, Forest Grove, OR, 97116

Portland Fire & Rescue reminds you of the following important State of Oregon Child Occupant Protection Laws:

  • Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh 40 pounds.
  • Infants must ride rear facing until they reach both one year of age AND 20 pounds.
  • Children over 40 pounds must use a booster seat until they are age 8 OR 4'9" in height.
  • A child taller than 4'9" OR age 8 or older must be properly secured with the vehicle's safety belt. The child is properly secured if the lap belt is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt is positioned over the collarbone and away from the neck.

The failure to properly use safety belts or child restraints is a Class D traffic violation with a $142.00 fine (ORS 811.210 and ORS 815.055, effective October 1, 2009).


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  January 6, 2011 


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Personal Journey: From Horse Training to Firefighting

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Firefighter Steve didn’t expect to end up at

Portland Fire & Rescue as a firefighter. 


Firefighter Steve stands proud in front of Engine 19.

In fact, Steve felt content with his choice of becoming a horse trainer, following in the footsteps of his mom and stepdad on their horse ranch in Boring, Oregon.  As he grew and graduated high school, he continued to work hard at the ranch, not only training horses, but providing horse riding lessons for children and training equestrians to complete in quarter horse shows at local and national levels.

Steve learned early on that to successfully train a horse or teach a student, there was no easy road or magic formula.  Horse training and student teaching for him was a commitment in time, patience, and sensitivity.  What he didn’t realize, however, was that this important lesson he learned early on about perseverance and persistence would help guide him throughout his life.

Firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) and Gresham Fire & Emergency Services began bringing their children to Steve for horse riding lessons.  Steve was well known through the community for his friendly approach to the art and sport of horse riding, and his keen ability to teach children balance, control, and confidence during lessons.  Steve developed good relationships with the parents of the children he taught, involving parents with lessons and helping them to understand the goals of what he was trying to achieve.

One of the parents, retired PF&R Deputy Chief Brannen Bates, encouraged Steve to apply to be a firefighter. Chief Bates saw his potential – Steve was modest, dedicated, humble, a great listener and communicator, had a great sense of humor, and was decisive.  But most importantly, Steve knew how to help others succeed and reach their full potential. 

Steve and Chief Bates talked about the profession of firefighting at length, and Steve was amazed at just how much Chief Bates loved his job, the Fire Bureau, and the sense of brotherhood and family that firefighting provided for him. 

With no firefighting experience, Steve applied for the Trainee Program at Portland Fire & Rescue. PF&R’s Trainee Program consists of a "earn while you learn," comprehensive, paid, eight-week training program located at PF&R's Training Center. Chief Bates told Steve not to get his hopes up as thousands of firefighter applicants from all over the North America test every year for limited spots in PF&R’s Trainee Program. Bates promised Steve that if he passed the tests, he would take him golfing. To his own amazement, Steve successfully passed the written test, physical agility test, and Chief’s interview on the first try. To celebrate, Steve took Chief Bates golfing!

Steve began his career at PF&R in September 2002.  Over the past 8 years, he traveled to fire stations all over the City of Portland, working extended times at Stations 2, 23, 25, and 30. 

Station 19 is located at 7301 E. Burnside Street and serves the

Center, Mt. Tabor, Montavilla and Madison South Neighborhood Associations

In January 2006, Steve landed at Station 19 and has been there since. Although Steve enjoyed the responsibilities of being a firefighter, he felt as if he could give back more to the community by playing on his strengths as a teacher.

Steve started looking for opportunities to educate children about fire safety and the responsibilities of a firefighter. Steve began by working with other Firefighters such as Travis and Vince to provide guided fire station tours to groups of children and adults. 

Steve began to tailor the station tours to effectively engage children of all ages by using his experience of teaching riding lessons, training horses, and being a dad to two wonderful children with different learning styles.

FF Steve Johnson conducts a station tour and teaches a group of pre-schoolers how to safely stop, drop, and roll.

Steve learned that to keep young children’s attention, he relates firefighting equipment to animals or tangible everyday items – for example, hoses are like elephant trunks that suck and then push out water, firefighting foam that helps firefighters cool a fire and to coat the fuel is like bubble bath, and a smoke alarm is like a big giant nose that sniffs air and screams when it smells something burnt. In addition to explaining equipment to children in a way they can understand, Steve uses age-appropriate scenarios and hypothetical situations to teach children fire safe behavior.

Teaching children fire safety is a lot like teaching horse riding lessons for Steve. Steve uses a variety of teaching methods, creates a comfortable learning environment for children of all ages, and gives children the opportunity to take an active part in their own learning.

Steve also appreciates the support he receives from other firefighters he has worked with at Station 19, including Lieutenant Jim, Lieutenant Eli, and Firefighters Mike, Travis, and Vince. Lieutenant Jim, Steve’s current station officer, is very supportive in understanding the importance of station tours and the benefit they provide to children in the community.

Portland Fire & Rescue appreciates the skills and experience that Steve brings to the job of being a firefighter and how he uses his strengths to benefit the Mt. Tabor community.


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  January 6, 2011 


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Honoring Portland Firefighters LOST IN THE LINE OF DUTY: Frank Kearney

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Lost in the Line of Duty



January 7, 1934

Frank Kearney


Frank Kearney was a firefighter on Engine 21 (221 SW 2nd) when his apparatus collided with Squad 1 (SW 4th and Taylor) while responding to an explosion at the Holly Dairy at NW 14th and Flanders.  The incident was called in on January 7, 1934.  Engine 21 and Squad 1 were both responding to the alarm from their respective fire stations.  They were reportedly traveling approximately 40 miles per hour when they met at the blind intersection of SW 4th and Pine.  Kearney was killed at the scene and nine other firefighters were seriously injured.  The collision, which was reported as the “most spectacular emergency vehicle crash in Portland’s history,” prevented firefighters from responding to the Holly Dairy incident, which injured 5 people and caused $6,000 in damage.  Kearney was 37 years old at the time of his death.

Portland Fire & Rescue honors and remembers 

Firefighter Kearney's service.


   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   January 7, 2011


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