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Public Educators Visit Sabin Elementary School

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Fire Inspector Alice Johnson addresses students

This month, Fire Inspectors Trudi Salisbury and Alice Johnson paid a visit to the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Language Arts classes at Sabin Elementary School.

During their classroom outreach they presented information on how to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster, which was mainly geared towards earthquakes. The emphasis of the presentation was to "make a kit, make a plan, get trained" and included information on how to "prepare-respond-recover."

Prior to the presentation the students learned about volcanoes, earthquakes, and other natural phenomena that could lead to disasters. There was an overall positive and interactive response to the classroom visit.



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   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   March 1, 2012


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Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Tomatoes Stuffed with Shrimp & Apple Salad

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Tomatoes Stuffed with Shrimp & Apple Salad 



Recipe Courtesy of Portland Lieutenant Damon Simmons, Station 13


  • nonfat cooking spray
  • ½ lb small cooked frozen shrimp, thawed
  • ¼ c chopped red onion
  • 3 apples, cored and cubed
  • ¼ c fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ c diced celery
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 2 tbsp horseradish
  • ½ c fat-free mayonnaise
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cored and quartered
  • 4-8 Bibb lettuce leaves


  1. When shrimp is thawed, remove tails as necessary and drain.
  2. Spray nonstick medium sauté pan and heat over medium heat.
  3. Sauté onion until translucent, add shrimp and cook until just warmed through and mixed with the onions.
  4. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until cool.
  5. While shrimp and onions are cooling, chop apples and toss with lemon juice in large bowl.
  6. Add celery, dill, and parsley; toss again.
  7. Add shrimp and onions when cool and toss again.
  8. In a small bowl, mix together the horseradish, mayonnaise and pepper. Dress shrimp mixture.
  9. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45-60 minutes or until very cold.
  10. Make tomato cups by first removing core and then cutting into quarters without cutting all the way through.
  11. Divide lettuce leaves on 4 plates.
  12. Top with a tomato and then divide shrimp salad stuffing into each tomato.

Nutrition Facts:


  • Calories 220  
  • Total Fat 5 g
  • Sodium 490 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 30 g
  • Fiber 5 g
  • Protein 16 g


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Give Your Safety Seat a Check Up

Throughout the year, fire agencies across Oregon host Child Passenger Safety Clinics at fire stations and other safety venues for the public. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and trained volunteers from the Child Safety Seat Resource Center are available at the clinics to work one-on-one with parents and caregivers to correctly install and inspect child safety seats.  Each seat takes about 40 minutes to install and check for damage, size, and age appropriateness. Click here to access the 2012 safety clinic schedule for Oregon. 

Locally, Child Passenger Safety Clinics are being held each month in Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, Clackamas, and Hillsboro.  The events listed below are held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.


Portland Fire & Rescue reminds you of the following important State of Oregon Child Occupant Protection Laws: 

  • Child passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh 40 pounds.
  • Infants must ride rear facing until they reach both one year of age AND 20 pounds.
  • Children over 40 pounds must use a booster seat until they are age 8 OR 4'9" in height.
  • A child taller than 4'9" OR age 8 or older must be properly secured with the vehicle's safety belt. The child is properly secured if the lap belt is positioned low across the thighs and the shoulder belt is positioned over the collarbone and away from the neck.

The failure to properly use safety belts or child restraints is a Class D traffic violation with a $142.00 fine (ORS 811.210 and ORS 815.055, effective October 1, 2009).


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  March 1, 2012 


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Product Recalls in February 2012

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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 February 2012, CPSA announced several product recalls because they create fire hazards - this included roof tiles, backpack blowers, gas cylinders, fan heaters, control panels for home security systems, rooster-themed lamps, gas furnaces for manufactured homes, printers, hurricane styled lights, holiday tea light candle warmers, power strips, and fax machines. Click here to view February 2012 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!


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  March 1, 2012 


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Portland Fire Honor Guard Presents Colors at Preseason Timber Game

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Honor Guard members Stew White, Jason Hodges, Erick Gillmore, and Chris Bernard from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) and AMR Ambulance personnel stood in front of 16,118 fans to present the colors at Monday’s Portland Timber soccer preseason game. 

The game finished in a 1-1 draw against San Joseat Jeld-Win Field.  The Timbers remained undefeated in preseason play.

Learn More about Portland Fire’s Honor Guard
Portland Fire & Rescue’s Honor Guard was formed to bring honor and respect to PF&R, its members and their families by providing formal ceremonial representation at funeral services for retired, active, and line of duty deaths within PF&R. In addition, the Honor Guard supports other fire and police agency line of duty death funerals at the PF&R’s directive. The Honor Guard also performs duties posting colors at civic and public events such as ceremonies, sporting events, parades and memorials as deemed appropriate by PF&R’s Emergency Operations Division Chief.


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  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  March 1, 2012 


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