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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Citrus-Roasted Salmon

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Preparation: 10 minutes

Cook: 19 minutes


1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey

4 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground coriander seeds

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper

1 (6-ounce) can thawed orange juice concentrate

4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skinned (1 inch thick)

Cooking Spray

Orange wedges (optional)

Flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional)



1.  Preheat oven to 400°.

2.  Combine the first 9 ingredients in a bowl; brush both sides of fish with orange mixture.

3.  Reserve remaining orange mixture. Place fish on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray.

4.  Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

5.  Place remaining orange mixture in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook until reduced to ½ cup (about 2 minutes). Serve with fish, and garnish with orange wedges and parsley, if desired.


Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 2 tablespoons orange sauce). 

366 Calories, 13.5g fat, 33.5g protein, 27g carbohydrates, 399mg sodium

What do Firefighters and Architects have in Common?

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Last night, both united for a worthy cause at Portland State University’s (PSU) Department of Architecture.  PSU, Portland Fire & Rescue, and the Campbell Board of Trustees co-hosted a Wine & Cheese Reception for the much-anticipated unveiling of seven designs for the Campbell Memorial Design Competition.  


Attendees were provided with the unique opportunity to see the designs for the first time, comment on the strengths and concerns for each, and vote for their favorite three.  Over 200 ballots were returned. 

During the past few months, architects who are adjunct faculty of PSU have been steadily working on their designs for a world-class memorial.  Once design selection, fundraising, and construction are complete, the memorial will honor Portland firefighters…past, present, and future. 

The memorial is named after Chief David Campbell who died while fighting the Union Oil fire on June 26, 1911 and plans are to dedicate the memorial on June 26, 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death.


The selection committee will narrow the field down to the top three designs on October 26, 2009, with final selection being made on November 30, 2009.  To follow the design selection, fundraising and construction process, visit for updates.

The House is Burning...Just Like We Planned!!!

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When & Where     

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) burned a house in North Portland for training purposes. The house was located at the intersection of North Skidmore Street and North Maryland Avenue. This training exercise is part of PF&R’s “Burn to Learn” program and provided PF&R firefighters exposure to live fire in a real residential structure. 

The donated house involved in the burn is owned by Sierra Construction outside of Seattle, Washington.  Sierra Construction has donated several houses to PF&R’s “Burn to Learn” program in an effort to clear the block and provide training opportunities for Portland firefighters.  In the future, the block will be turned into a park until the economy improves and later a mixed-use building will be constructed on the site.  PF&R will stage two more burn exercises on the block before the end of the year.


Beginning at 0900 a.m., Training Officers set small fires in the house and sent in-service firefighters from Engines 10, 14, 25, and 29, Rehab 10, and Truck 25 inside to observe the behavior of and extinguish the small fires. The process was supervised by experienced, career firefighters and followed strict safety guidelines. Once the training drills were complete, the house was burned in a controlled manner. Firefighters extended lines around the house to ensure that the fire stayed confined and was kept under control at all times. The rain assisted the training exercise as the firefighters did not have to be as concerned about embers igniting any occupied houses nearby.   


Photos by Lieutenant Allen Oswalt, Portland Fire & Rescue


“Burn to Learn” Training exercises are critical and provide invaluable training experience for firefighters. One of the best learning environments is actual hands-on experience dealing with live fire. House burn drills allow your PF&R firefighters to learn the limits of their equipment and tactics in an instructive, non-emergency environment.  Portland Fire & Rescue conducts “Burn to Learn” training exercises several times a year.


If you have any questions about PF&R’s “Burn to Learn” training exercise or program, please contact PF&R Lieutenant Allen Oswalt at (503) 940-6003.


Are you Ready?

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Do you need extra help during an emergency?  The City of Portland and Multnomah County are working together to identify and help people who many need extra help during an emergency.

The Voluntary Emergency Registry (VER) is a list of persons needing extra help to evacuate their home during an emergency or would be unable to evacuate without special assistance or notification from emergency response personnel. The registry also includes people who would be unable to remain at home, without assistance, following a disaster.

Information from the VER registry will be provided to the Portland Office of Emergency Management (POEM), Bureau of Emergency Communications (911), and other emergency response personnel from the City of Portland, Gresham, and Multnomah County, depending on which type of registration you choose.

There are two registration types: 

  1. All Emergencies Information will be released whenever there is an emergency at your address. 
  2. Disaster Only Information will only be released if a disaster is declared by authorized City, County, or State officials.

To fill out an application online, click here.  If you would like to fill out a paper application, click here. 

Contact either the City of Portland at (503) 823-2036 or the Multnomah County Aging and Disability Helpline at (503) 988-3646 for more information or assistance in registering.

October 21, 2009

PF&R Divers Diverted to Emergency on the Columbia River

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Video courtesy of KOIN Local 6


A KOIN 6 news crew was expecting to watch Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) dive team take part in a routine training exercise on the Columbia River.  However, a real emergency call on the river came in before the training could begin. A caller had reported seeing a woman jump from the bridge into the Columbia River. 

PF&R’s Dive Team raced to the base of the I-205 bridge on the Rescue Boat with the KOIN 6 news crew on board.  PF&R’s Fireboat 17 was also in route to the scene. 

PF&R’s Rescue Boat arrived first on-scene and attempted to set a single anchor so a quick dive could be conducted.  However, the current was running fast and swung the Rescue Boat out of position.  The crew of the Rescue Boat radioed communication of the river’s conditions to the crew of Fireboat 17.  Fireboat 17 arrived just as the crew of the Rescue Boat began to place two anchors in the river for stabilization. 

Fireboat 17 set two anchors at the scene and then lowered the divers into position.  The divers searched for an hour and half in approximately 10 feet of water.  A Coast Guard helicopter assisted with searching the surface water and shoreline. The woman has not been found.   

Portland Fire & Rescue has an average of eight divers on duty every day for water emergencies.

Please call the crisis hotline 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know is feeling depressed or hopeless.

October 22, 2009