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Portland Fire Submits Fiscal Year 2012-13 Requested Budget

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Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) FY 2012-13 Requested Budget was submitted to the Office of Management and Finance on January 30, 2012. The submitted budget complies with the City Council’s directive to bureaus receiving General Fund support to identify reduction packages of four percent, six percent, and eight percent of current FY 2012-13 appropriation levels. 

At the four percent level, PF&R’s reduction is $3.6 million and at the eight percent level increases to $7.2 million.

To develop the reduction packages, PF&R worked collaboratively with private citizens, internal and external stakeholders, employees, and labor and management on PF&R’s Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). PF&R also encouraged all internal employees to submit reduction suggestions through an online trackit form; all suggestions were considered and discussed by the Fire Bureau’s Leadership team.

PF&R currently operates a network of 30 stations that serve 31 fire management areas.  At the four percent level, two fire stations would be closed; the six percent reduction level would essentially close two additional stations; and the eight percent level would close one more station plus reduce funding for another.  In all, five stations would be closed and the sixth station would experience a reduced level of staffing. Besides station closures, eleven positions would be eliminated, impacting code enforcement, public information, training and recruiting, hazmat coordination, and administrative and support activities.  PF&R’s Return-to-Work program would also be terminated.

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Communicate Your Budget Priorities

Citizens can communicate their budget priorities by attending a Community Budget Forum or submitting feedback online.

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Portland Fire Helps Celebrate Everyday Heroes at 2012 Breakfast of Champions

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March 7, 2012 -- Representatives from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) attended the 15th Annual Fred Meyer Breakfast of Champions this past Tuesday morning at the Oregon Convention Center to help honor local heroes who jumped into action and used their skills and smarts to save lives. PF&R’s Truck 2 also helped set the stage at the Convention Center for a fun and entertaining breakfast atmosphere.

The Breakfast of Champions is the Oregon American Red Cross’ signature event to not only honor heroes but to raise funds to support disaster relief, CPR/first aid training and other services throughout the Oregon Trail Chapter's 16-county service area.

The local heroes honored included:    

  • Following the devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri on May 22, Team Captain Jack Jewsbury, the Portland Timbers, and their legion of fans helped to raise over $11,000 for the American Red Cross’s disaster relief efforts.
  • David Douglas High School responded to a call for blood donations by bringing their entire football team into the Portland Blood Donation Center during the summer of 2011.
  • DeOna Bridgeman of Canby witnessed a teenage boy being struck by a car.  She rushed to the boy and performed citizen CPR until paramedics arrived.
  • When a rare, but incredibly damaging tornado struck Aumsville in December 2010, Dean and Marcia Howell and their family mobilized to respond to the immediate needs of their community.
  • Chelsea Carpenter used her CPR training to aid a woman who had collapsed in a parking lot.  After EMTs arrived, she offered assistance and emotional support to the woman’s daughter.

Portland Fire & Rescue is proud to help honor these individuals that exemplify courage, kindness, and unselfish character through their acts of heroism in our local community.

More About the Red Cross
In Oregon, the Red Cross responds to an emergency once every 16 hours, but the Red Cross does much more than just disaster response. The organization trains everyday people in lifesaving skills. It assists members of the military and their families. It provides transportation to essential appointments for the elderly and disabled as well as warming centers in response to particularly cold nights in the winter. The American Red Cross also educates the community about emergency preparedness and reconnects families separated by war or disaster.

For more on the American Red Cross, or the Oregon Red Cross chapter, visit

First of Three Burn to Learn Trainings in NE Portland a Success

March 7, 2012 --
On Saturday, March 3rd, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) conducted a training house burn at 236 NE 102nd Avenue. The goal of Burn to Learn trainings is to provide valuable live-fire training in an actual residential structure for newly hired Firefighter Recruits and career firefighters already serving on the line.



The Burn began around 9:00 am when PF&R training officers set small fires in the house. The training officers then accompanied Firefighter Recruits inside to extinguish the fires. The process was supervised by experienced, career firefighters and followed strict safety guidelines.

The next two burns will occur on Thursday, March 8th, and Saturday, March 10th, 2012.

For questions or to learn more about Portland Fire's Burn to Learn Program, contact Training Staff Fire Lieutenant Jim Sestric at (503) 823-3848. 

Photos by Greg Muhr, Portland Fire & Rescue Photographer.

Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Grilled Pineapple and Chicken Sandwiches

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Grilled Pineapple and Chicken Sandwiches  

Recipe Courtesy of Portland Lieutenant Matthew Silva, Special Ops


  • 1 (8 ounce can) In Juice Pineapple Drained, Juice Reserved
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) Honey Mustard 
  • 2 (4 ounce) Skinless Chicken Breast Halves Boneless
  • 1 Small Red Bell Pepper(s) Thinly Sliced Into Rings
  • 2 Multi-grain Hamburger Rolls Split


  1. Preheat grill or broiler.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together honey mustard with 1 tablespoon pineapple juice.
  3. Place chicken and pineapple slices on rack coated with cooking spray.
  4. Brush chicken and pineapple slices with mustard mix.
  5. Grill or broil the chicken breasts and pineapple slices 2 minutes per side, brushing both sides when turning with mustard mix.
  6. Continue broiling until chicken has an internal temperature of 165ºF. (Remove pineapple slices if chicken is not cooked through if pineapple is getting too brown.)
  7. Serve the chicken on multi-grain sandwich rolls, topped with pineapple slices and red bell pepper rings.

Nutrition Facts:

  • Calories 386
  • Total Fat 5 g
  • Saturated Fat N/A
  • Sodium 478 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 51 g
  • Fiber 5 g
  • Protein 35 g

Randall Children's Hospital Grand Opening

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For decades Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel (formerly Emanuel Children's Hospital) has been a regional leader in providing excellent care to infants, children, and teens in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.  It is one of Oregon's largest providers of pediatric in-patient and trauma services.

This month, Randall Children's Hospital celebrated the grand opening of its new $245 million home on the campus of Legacy Emanuel Medical Center after three years of construction with an invitation-only Dedication Ceremony on Friday, February 10 and a fun-filled Community Opening Celebration on Saturday, February 11. Crews from Portland Fire and Rescue's Truck and Engine 13 were in attendance at both events.

The Dedication Ceremony featured Marian Wright Edleman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund and George Brown, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Legacy Health. The Community Opening Celebration, which ran from noon to 6 p.m., featured grand-prize drawings for family trips, a scavenger hunt, kite decorating, a photo booth, the kick-off of Hanna Andersson's Hanna-Me-Down program, music and entertainers, and tours of the new building.

  • The 334,000 square-feet, nine-story, 165-bed facility is four times the size of the original Children's Hospital.
  • All rooms are private, single-patient rooms, except for seven rooms for newborn twins. All rooms are designed for family-centered care, featuring space for patients, their families, and medical staff.
  • Interior design by ZGF celebrates four uplifting Pacific Northwest color palettes representing the geographic regions served by the hospital: the Willamette Valley, Cascade Range, Oregon Coast and desert.
  • The terrace garden gives the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center campus five healing gardens.
  • Art has been integrated into the building to promote a healing environment: from the frieze in the lobby, trees, and birdhouses in the gallery, to the animals and shapes in the environmental graphics in the patient corridors and patient rooms.
  • Building design by ZGF incorporates many sustainable building and landscaping design features and follows the Green Guide for Healthcare.
  • Construction of the new home began in August 2009 and was completed by the end of January 2012.
  • The Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust, champions of community building and youth development, donated $10 million to support and name the new hospital in October 2011.



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