The “Old Flames” are a group of widows whose husbands used to work for Portland Fire & Rescue. In most cases, their husbands passed away quite a number of years ago.
The ladies meet every month or so for lunch and catch up on old times. In March 2010, they met at the Historic Belmont Firehouse, a place that that carries memories for all of them. In fact, when they met at Belmont for the first time several years ago, most had never been in a Portland Fire Station since their husbands had passed away.
The group of ladies is a lively addition to the firehouse schedule. The stories they tell often eclipse the experiences shared by firefighters. Somehow they always knew the real stories behind life in the firehouse.
Public Education Officer Don Porth, who manages the Historic Belmont Firehouse says, “There’s no group I’d rather host than the Old Flames. It’s a pleasure to welcome them back for a family meal around the firehouse. After all, they are family.”
March 18, 2010