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Fire Marshal Office Update

An update regarding services at the Fire Marshal's Office in the wake of the Covid-19 virus

Fire Marshal Office Update

Update 3/17/2020

10:37 am

Due to changing conditions with the Covid-19 virus and the City of Portland’s State of Emergency declaration, the Fire Marshal’s office will be closed to the public until further notice.

3/16/2020

9:41 PM

We are maintaining our in-person services in the Fire Marshal’s Office. We are closely coordinating with other City bureaus, the Mayor's office and other local agencies and health authorities as well as preparing our own Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) should this situation worsen. Should our processes change, more information will be provided on our website and social media.

With mounting concerns of COVID-19/Coronavirus in our community, we want to communicate our efforts to minimize the potential for exposure at the Fire Marshal’s Office. We are now following this protocol to help our customers stay safe and healthy:

  • Hand sanitizer is available in the Permit Center lobby.
  • Staff have been instructed to wash and sanitize their hands as thoroughly and as often as possible.
  • Staff are encouraged to stay home if they are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

 We are also counting on you, our Permit Center customers, to help us keep our facility a safe and healthy environment for everyone. We request that you:

  • Interact with us remotely, rather than in person, whenever possible. For example, if you have questions about a property or project, we encourage you to call 503-823-3712 or email us pfrpc@portlandoregon.gov.  We will respond to all voicemails and emails within 24 hours.
  • If you need to submit a permit in person, please leave your plans on the counter and we will contact you via phone for a credit card payment.  Check payments are also accepted.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
  • Maintain a reasonable "social distance", when possible (6 feet).
  • Cover up any sneezing or coughing using a tissue, or your sleeve. If you're sneezing or coughing, we request that you stay home until you are well.

 Thank you and be well.

Portland Fire & Rescue's Black Firefighters Discuss Their Careers for Black History Month

In these two videos we find out why these firefighters picked this career paths and what Black History Month means to them

In this video, some of Portland Fire & Rescue's Black firefighters discuss why they picked the fire service for their career.

Fire Chief Sara Boone, Portland Fire & Rescue's first Black fire chief, discusses what Black History Month means to her.

New Permitting Software Upgrade Will Impact Service in February 2020

Service availability on February 6th & 7th will be impacted

Due to our new permitting software upgrade, on February 6th & 7th there will be no Fire System (FS) Permits:

  • Alarm
  • Fixed System
  • Sprinkler
  • Underground
  • Tank

The permit center will be unable to set up, revise, issue, final, or cancel any of the above mentioned permits.

Thanks for your patience while we improve our technology.

Normal business function will begin on Monday, February 10th.

New Community Themed Mural Unveiled at Portland Fire & Rescue Headquarters

The community themed mural was installed in partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council

A picture of the artists and the fire chief in front of a brightly colored wall muralOn January 3, a new piece of public art was installed at Portland Fire & Rescue’s main administrative building at SW Ash Street and Naito Parkway. The colorful mural by Portland artists Addie Boswell and Antwoine Thomas was commissioned by Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone and managed by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC).

When Fire Chief Sara Boone was sworn in, she communicated that the three areas she considers to be the pillars of Portland Fire & Rescue are community, service, and sacrifice.

In her first weeks, Chief Boone installed new lighting and painted an accent wall behind the portrait of Chief David Campbell, one of Portland Fire & Rescue’s most notable former chiefs. She wanted Chief Campbell’s portrait to be an area of focus because Campbell, who died in a fire, symbolizes the service and sacrifice every firefighter commits to when they are sworn into duty. Chief Campbell tragically died in the line of duty during a 1911 fire when he entered a building to make sure all firefighters had retreated; the building collapsed upon him before he could get out. Chief Campbell made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure his firefighters were safe.

Chief Boone also wanted to add a mural on the wall leading to the chief’s office to showcase the bureau’s deep connection to the community it serves. She wants to make sure that everyone who walks down the hallway to the chief’s office knows that they are welcome and included. The bureau engaged RACC to manage the project. The project was funded with percent-for-art dollars that earmarks the costs of certain City improvements for public art.

Through a paneled public process, Boswell and Thomas’s submission themed “It takes everyone to create community” was selected and commissioned. The colorful painting, now titled “Vibrant Cities Don’t Burn,” creates a bright tapestry of Portland imagery stitched together with symbolic threads denoting PF&R’s history and work. A flutter of 36 butterflies representing each of the 36 Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters lost in the line of duty (as noted by the downtown firefighters’ memorial) fly in the direction of Chief Campbell’s portrait down the hall. Among the scenes of nature and people working in harmony are roses, which are both a symbol of the city and the centerpiece of PF&R’s logo. The work honors the sacredness of the land and people who came before us. The piece is imbued with so many surprise bits of symbolism that a key will accompany it on the wall.

“I want to thank the artists for creating this celebratory, inclusive, and engaging piece of work that will greet those who head down the hall to the chief’s office. I appreciate the level of commitment and understanding that the artists put into this work as visual and visceral representations of service and community,” says Fire Chief Sara Boone. “Images are powerful and they play a meaningful role in who feels welcomed in certain spaces. Those who head down this hallway will understand our history and know that we are going into the future together. This artwork highlights the best of our city and Portland Fire & Rescue.”

New Solar Battery Storage System At Portland Fire Station 1 Fuels Emergency Resiliency

Portland’s first renewable, resilient power project installed at an emergency response facility has gone online at Fire Station 1

Portland’s first renewable, resilient power project installed at an emergency response facility has gone online at Fire Station 1, the result of a partner project between The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R). In 2016, BPS applied for and received a $89,959 grant from the Portland General Electric’s 2016 Renewable Development Fund, and an additional $25,000 PGE Research and Development grant to collaborate with PF&R on installing Oregon’s first renewable microgrid on a fire station.

photo of solar panels on roof

The vanguard project includes a 30 kW solar electric system, a commercial-sized battery, and an existing onsite generator. These three components allow the site to generate and store power from multiple sources in the event of a prolonged power outage. Since this was a frontrunner installation, BPS and PF&R worked tirelessly with a variety of partners over the past four years to work out the kinks of setting up a leading-edge system that uses sustainable energy in emergency response scenarios. The 30 kW / 60 kWh lithium-ion battery storage system allows the solar system to continue to power the building during an extended outage. The system stores excess solar for use at night making it possible for the fire station to use solar energy to power preselected critical loads indefinitely. You can now monitor the system’s output and usage from a screen in the building’s lobby,

“I want to thank our Facilities Manager Shawn Roberti and former Logistics Captain Tom Walsh on their incredible dedication to this project, as well as the crews at Station 1 who helped support the facilitation of this installation over four years,” says PF&R Chief Sara Boone. “PF&R takes the lead in emergency response and this installation allows us to use solar power to generate energy in the event of an extended outage for one of our most critical buildings.”

As more photovoltaic and energy storage systems come online, the importance of training first responders how to use these types of systems will continue to grow. The Fire Station 1 installation will help others in the firefighting and emergency response communities learn how to design and use solar-plus-storage installations.

photo of solar panel on roof

“We need to be innovative in our energy approaches to make sure we are able to fuel our responses now and in the future. The addition of this solar-plus-battery system at Station 1 serves as a training opportunity involving a technology that is growing in the region and is a much-needed ingredient for our City’s sustainability efforts,” says Fire Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty. “This is a great example of what we can accomplish by partnering across bureaus for innovative solutions.”

This system also creates a testing ground for similar installations at other City facilities. The battery storage system and controls installed at Fire Station 1 are also able to respond to signals from the utility (Portland General Electric) to provide additional demand response energy services to the grid. This  allows the battery to earn an additional value stream beyond the energy savings of the solar. Additional value streams would help the City, and other energy customers, to offset the cost of the battery. This pilot project will help test the potential for microgrids on City facilities to provide both resilience and energy services to the utility.

“The solar and battery installation at Fire Station 1 is a wonderful example of Portland’s climate leadership and innovation,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. “Tackling the climate crisis is going to require a broad coalition of partners and I want to thank BPS, PF&R and PGE for their effort to realize this project which reflects the need to prepare for climate impacts as we work to reduce emissions.”

photo of screen showing outputs of solar panel

This project would have not been possible without the collaboration of the following partners: Portland Fire and Rescue, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland General Electric, Energy Trust of Oregon, EC Electric, and vendors Ageto, Ideal Power Systems and EnergPort.

Drone footage and rooftop panel photography by EC Electric.

Drone footage: https://vimeo.com/379814651/608aad9747