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Congratulations to all who were celebrated at last night's Ceremony of Honor

The event was held Monday, June 12 at legacy Emanuel Hospital

Medal of Honor:       Casey Baker Jr.

Medal of Honor:       Dale Wood

Mission Lifeline EMS  Presented to PF&R & AMR by the

     Silver Award             American Heart Association

Firefighter of the Year:        Firefighter Cody Trestrail presented by

          Local 43 Vice President Kyle MacLowery

Letter of Commendation:     Driver of the Year David Rychlick presented by

          Local 43 Vice President Kyle MacLowery

Fire Chief’s Certificate:        Jeff Wiggin, Joel Krivesha

Fire Chief’s Certificate:        Officer Mary Toops, Officer Angela Kays

Fire Chief’s Certificate:        Bill Fisher

Certificate of Merit:   Neal Winter, Donny Lamance, Pam Hester,

          Jesse Kane, John Robinson

Certificate of Merit:   Daniel Steinberg

Letter of Recognition: BOEC Staff

Letter of Recognition: NW Natural Staff

Letter of Recognition: Officer Christopher Kulp, Officer Larry MacNabb

Unit Commendation: BC Jamie Klum, BC Scott Beyers

          T3-Lieutenant David Woodhouse; Firefighters

          Gordon Houston, Brad Martin, Matthew Watts

          E3-Lieutenant Peter St. John; Firefighters

          Bret Kimple, Erik Kent, Jason Williams

          E15-Lieutenant John Hull; Firefigthters

          Condrew Allen, Brian Dundon, Taylor Sluman

          E6-Lieutenant Jeffrey Welle; Pilots Mark Lamb,

          Bruce Linson; Firefighter Misaki Hisamoto

Letter of Recognition: Ben Schwartzman, John Miley

Letter of Recognition: TVF&R PIOs-Stevan Myers, Cassandra Ulven

Letter of Recognition: Red Cross Staff

Letter of Recognition: Legacy Emanuel Staff

Letter of Commendation:     AFM Gary Boyles, Investigators Nicole Brewer,

          Rick McGraw, Fabian Jackson, Jason Andersen

Certificate of Achievement:  Detective Joe Luiz

Letter of Commendation:     Lt. Peter St. John

Silver Medal of Valor: Firefighter Bret Kimple


PF&R Gives Fire Prevention Report to City Council

New steps will be taken to help us reach our aggressive goal of zero fire deaths.

Winners of PF&R's coloring contest pose with PF&R officials

Fire Marshal Nate Takara, Portland Fire Chief Mike Myers, and Senior Communications Officer Kim Kosmas with coloring contest winners Indra Fox and Avery Smith

Today, Portland Fire Chief Mike Myers, Fire Marshal Nate Takara, and Senior Communications Officer Kim Kosmas presented an update to steps the bureau is taking to reach a goal of zero fire deaths in the city. Chief Myers called this plan bold, but do-able. "I have seen departments our size meet that goal," he said.

Fire Marshal Takara discussed the state of fire deaths in Portland and how working smoke alarms and sprinklers can decrease deaths and injuries.

In 2015, the City of Portland experienced 11 fire deaths, the highest amount since 1997. Over the past ten years, the City of Portland averaged 5.6 fire deaths per year. Currently in 2016, we have had three fire-related deaths in the city. To reduce fire related deaths, fire sprinklers are crucial as they are the most effective tool in reducing fire related deaths, injuries, and property loss. Smoke alarms and escape route planning additionally helps to reduce fire-related injuries and deaths.

Fire Marshal Takara discussed two new policies PF&R is putting in place to reduced fire-related deaths and injuries: one requires landlords in multi-family residential units to provide documentation that each smoke alarm in every unit is tested at least once a year; the other requires that a building be sprinklered in order for a Temporary Special Event Permits in Non-Assembly Occupancy Space permit to be issued.

PF&R will no longer allow night club events that attract 100 or more people in a non-assembly occupancy space unless it is protected with fire sprinklers. The beginning date is yet to be determined. There are approximately ten facilities in the city that commonly hold these types of events and in the next six months or year, PF&R will be working with the property owners of these buildings regarding this change.  

Portland Fire officials testify at City CouncilCity Council listens to testimony

One large part of PF&R's prevention approach is through education. Senior Fire Inspector Kim Kosmas manages outreach programs that are developed and implemented through our local schools, community organizations and events, and in the fire stations. One program is a Fire Prevention Week coloring contest for youth that is offered thorough the schools. Today at City Council, the team from PF&R presented the winners of the contest with framed copies of their drawings and special certificates. Congratulation to: Grand Prize winner – Indra Fox – 1st grader from Buckman Elementary School and runner up winner Avery Smith – 1st grader from Buckman Elementary School.