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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Gingerbread Waffles

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Gingerbread Waffles 

Courtesy of Portland Fire & Rescue's Nurse Janet Woodside  


  • 1/4 cup light margarine at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup fat-free egg substitute
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 cups Sifted unbleached flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


  1. Preheat a waffle iron.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the margarine, honey and molasses until well-blended. Beat in the egg substitute and milk.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just enough to moisten all ingredients.
  4. In a clean, dry medium bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Gently fold the whites into the batter.
  5. Bake in the waffle iron until lightly browned, about 5 to 7 minutes
  6. Top gingerbread waffles with your favorite fresh fruit.
  7. Recipe makes six waffles.

Nutrition Facts:

Per waffle: 343 calories, 7.8g fat (21 percent of calories), 3mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 1.1g dietary fiber


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  December 21, 2011 


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December 2011 E-Newsletter

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Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) has launched our newest issue of our E-Newsletter! The goal of PF&R's newsletter is two-fold; to introduce ourselves to you and invite you to partner with us on upcoming initiatives that will shape the services you receive!

The E-Newsletter focuses on the following topics:

  • Aerial Rescue 

  • Women's Winter Shelter 

  • Winter Weather Safety 

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing 

  • Monthly Statistics 

  • Holiday Decorating Safety 

  • Safe Driver of the Year Award 

  • Toy N Joy 

To read the previous month's newsletters, please click on the links below:

Link here to read the entire December 2011 E-Newsletter issue and learn more about the above topics. Click here to subscribe and receive PF&R’s monthly newsletter via email!



   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   December 23, 2011 


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Firefighters Receive Thanks, Artwork from KinderCare Preschoolers

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This holiday season, Portland firefighters received special messages and pictures from preschoolers at the Clay Street KinderCare. Ms. Abby and her young students, age three to five years, had been learning about firefighters and ways to stay safe.

To show their appreciation to the firefighters, preschool students Emma, Rachel, Jacob, Jack, Ellee, Laurel, Andrew, Clara, and Julia drew pictures with simple messages:

“I like you…thank you!”

“Thank you for keeping me safe!”

“Thank you for saving me in the big fire!”

“Thank you for spraying water on the fires!”

“Thank you for protecting us!”

“Thank you for getting us safe!”

A big hello and thank you to Ms. Abby’s preschool class for the great artwork and messages sent to the firefighters!



   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   December 23, 2011 


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Product Recalls in December 2011

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products. Click here to find information on product recalls and search recalled products on the CPSA’s Recall and Product Safety News webpage.


In December 2011, CPSA announced several product recalls because they create fire hazards. Click here to view the recalls and product safety news.

Stay informed of recalled products by bookmarking or adding CPSA’s website to your favorites and check it often.  You can also sign up on CPSA’s subscription list to receive emails about recalled products. Visit to join.

Keep you and your family safe and educated!

   Portland Fire & Rescue 

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   December 27, 2011


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NEWS RELEASE 12/28/11: Portland Fire & Rescue Battles Three Overnight House Fires in One Hour

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December 28, 2011

10:13 AM

The residential fire at 4829 NE Mallory Avenue was due to a defective chimney.  According to Portland fire investigators, a fire was lit in a woodstove, traveled up the chimney, and then progressed outside of the chimney into the upstairs bedroom. There were no working smoke alarms in the home at the time of the fire. Damages are estimated at $12,000.

Portlandfire investigators have not yet determined the causes of the residential fires at 9909 N Smith Street and 933 SE Reynolds Street. 

Smoke alarms did alert residents during the fire on N. Smith Street. Damages are estimated at $35,000.

At this time, it is unknown whether smoke alarms alerted residents during the fire on SE Reynolds Street. Damages are estimated at $230,000.



December 28, 2011

2:00 AM

At 11:13 pm, Portland firefighters were dispatched to 4829 NE Mallory Avenue after a 9-1-1 caller indicated that the house was filling with smoke and the attic ceiling was hot to the touch.    The caller stated that the house on fire was just eight feet from a neighboring home and it was very windy, so neighbors were notified to evacuate as well.

Firefighters from Portland Fire Station 14 (Alberta Park) arrived first on scene in just four minutes at 11:17 pm to find fire coming through the roof of the home.  When firefighters from Portland Fire Station 8 (Kenton) arrived on scene, Truck 8 firefighters laddered to the roof and had to cut their way through a double roof to vent the smoke and heat, allowing engine crews inside to battle the blaze with hose lines.

A male in his teens was reportedly in the middle of a home dialysis treatment at the time of the fire.  Firefighters were able to locate the boy’s dialysis equipment inside the home and safely return it to him, while other firefighter/paramedics assessed the boy’s medical condition.  An ambulance was called to the scene, but the patient did not require transport to a hospital.

The fire was brought under control at 11:38 pm.  Preliminary reports indicate that a fire spread outside the chimney and grew out of control, involving the upper stories of the home.

Shortly thereafter, another residential fire was reported around midnight at 9909 N Smith St.  Firefighters from Portland Fire Station 22 (St. Johns) arrived with Truck 22 in just five minutes to find a fully involved house fire.  Truck 22 firefighters had the roof of the home opened up within seven minutes of arriving on scene, allowing engine firefighters to attack the heavy fire on the home’s second floor.  The fire was brought under control at 12:23 am.  All occupants and pets were able to safely evacuate. 

Just eight minutes after the fire broke out in St. Johns, another residential fire was dispatched at 12:08 am.  A man reported that he had just arrived home to find thick, dark smoke coming from an upstairs window at 933 SE Reynolds St.  He pounded on the door to make sure his roommate had escaped.  Firefighters from Portland Fire Station 20 (Sellwood) arrived to find smoke and flames pouring from the upstairs windows. 

Firefighters from Portland Fire Station 25 (Lents) arrived a short time later.  While Engine 25 firefighters pulled multiple hose lines, Truck 25 firefighters laddered to begin opening up the roof of this large home.  An additional ladder truck was requested by the Incident Commander at 12:26 am to help battle this fire.  The second truck traveled from Portland Fire Station 4 (Portland State) in downtown Portland to assist alongside Truck 25. 

A safety advisory to firefighters was issued when it was determined that a hole had burned through the floor between the first floor and the basement, creating a hazard for firefighters inside.   Additionally, one firefighter received minor injuries to his hand while fighting the fire. 

Although all the occupants safely escaped, two cats were reportedly inside at the time of the fire.  Firefighters confirmed that one of the cats is deceased and are working to locate the second pet.  Volunteers from the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) are on scene to help individuals cope with the loss of the pet.  The fire was brought under control at 12:50 am; however, fire crews will remain on scene for the next several hours monitoring for hot spots. Fire investigators are on scene working to determine the cause of the fire and damage estimates.

“These fires broke out extremely close together, and on all sides of the city, tapping nearly half of our fire crews at once,” said Portland Fire Battalion Chief Tom Williams.  “Tonight we were able to manage our resources appropriately to battle these blazes and continue responding to all types of emergencies.”

Portland Fire & Rescue

We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

December 28, 2011

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