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55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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BE AWARE: Parking Fines are Increasing!

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that a standard increase in fines for most parking violations has been approved by the Multnomah County Circuit Court.  This increase will take effect on Monday, November 30, 2009. The increases will address rising parking violations, cover costs of service, and maintain a fine schedule that aligns with similar metropolitan jurisdictions. 

So what’s Portland Fire & Rescue’s stake in all of this?



Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) supports initiatives that help to minimize safety violations such as blocking a fire hydrant.  On November 30th, the fine for parking at a fire hydrant will increase from $100.00 to $150.00

PF&R firefighters need to get to fire hydrants for water supply. An obstruction including a vehicle could cause a delay in firefighters gaining access to get water to extinguish a fire. PF&R reminds you to take a moment after parking to ensure your vehicle is legally parked within space markings and not blocking crosswalks, hydrants, ramps, and other rights of way.

Click here to view the official press release from the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation.

November 24, 2009

Toy N Joy Donates Gifts to Children Displaced By Fire

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Over the weekend, Toy N Joy brought gifts to a family that was displaced by a fire at their home on SE 129th Ave.  The home's occupants were alerted to the fire by smoke detectors and everyone got out safely while firefighters battled the blaze.  The family, which includes eight children ranging in age from 2- 17, has temporarily relocated to a relative's home.

Toy N Joy Makers' mission for 94 years has been to promote the spirit of helping children and families in our community during the holiday season and in times of need.  To donate, volunteer or request assistance, you can contact Toy N Joy Makers at (503) 823-0922 or by e-mail at

November 23, 2009

It's Studded Tire Day at PF&R

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These photos were sent in to the Fire Blog this morning by Automotive Trades Supervisor, Mike Bartell.  Today, Portland Fire & Rescue vehicle maintenance staff is busy in the appartus bay putting hundreds of studded tires on our emergency response vehicles.  This annual fall tradition prepares these vehicles to respond to emergencies in inclement weather.  Thanks to Mike and his staff for all the work they do to keep our vehicles safe and ready to serve!

 November 23, 2009

Firefighting Selected as one of the Best Careers in 2009

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U.S. News and World Report just reviewed and scored hundreds of careers based on five criteria:

  1. Job outlook, which took into consideration the above three factors
  2. Average job satisfaction
  3. Difficulty of the required training
  4. Prestige
  5. Pay

The field was narrowed to 30 best careers. This included engineers, audiologists, occupational therapists, registered nurses, and veterinarians to name a few. 

Also named as one of the best careers in 2009?  


Using the criteria, a firefighting career was awarded “A” grades in job satisfaction and training difficulty, and “B” grades in prestige and job market outlook. To read more of the U.S. News and World report online, click here

Are you interested in becoming a Portland firefighter? Click here to visit our official website or contact the Recruiter at (503) 823-3811. 


November 20, 2009

Fire Blog Turns One Month Old

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Today marks the one-month anniversary of the Fire Blog!

Since its launch on October 19, 2009, the Fire Blog has received over 4,500 hits. Our most popular blog so far? The dive team video.  Click here to view the dive team video and blog. Thank you to all of our readers for making the Fire Blog’s first month a success!!


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November 19, 2009