Station 25 is located at 5211 SE Mall Street in Portland, Oregon and serves the Brentwood-Darlington, Creston-Kenilworth, Foster-Powell, Mt. Scott-Arleta, South Tabor, and Woodstock neighborhoods. Station 25 was built in 1959 and seismically retrofitted in 2002 as part of a General Obligation Bond passed by voters in 1998. Solar panels have been installed on the roof, which produce electricity that is either used by the station or sold back to the power grid.
Station 25 houses two apparatus – Truck 25 (basic life support) and Engine 25 (advanced life support). On-duty personnel include one company officer, one paramedic officer, five firefighters, and one firefighter paramedic. In 2009, Station 25 responded to 3,978 calls for service and averaged 11 runs per day. This station serves a mix of residences and small commercial businesses.
This station is rich in history – both at this location and with its staff. Lieutenant Lyons, Firefighter Lemon, Firefighter E. Branderhorst, Firefighter Perry and Firefighter Schaffer all worked together at Station 25 on the same shift for over 20 years. Currently, Lieutenant Lyons and Firefighter Lemon each have nearly 30 years experience at Portland Fire.
These firefighters are passing on their immense knowledge and depth of experience to the next generation of Station 25 firefighters. Firefighter Everett Branderhorst had the opportunity to work with his son, Firefighter Aaron Branderhorst, on Truck 25 for a year and a half before Firefighter Aaron took over his dad’s shift, old room, and spot on Truck 25 when he moved on to a different station. Firefighter Aaron recalls that his dad would drive the truck while he sat in the back.
One of Station 25’s most memorable calls happened two summers ago when community and media members requested assistance for a cat that had been stuck in a tree at the top of Mt. Scott for days. As Truck 25’s aerial went up towards the cat, it continued to climb the tree. Anticipating that it would run out of room, Portland Fire’s Public Information Officer, Lt. Oswalt, and firefighters grabbed a blanket. As it fell out of the tree, firefighters caught the cat in the blanket and it ran off safe and sound.
Community involvement is a top priority at Station 25. Each July, both Engine 25 and Truck 25 participate in the Woodstock Parade. Crews also attend Franklin High School basketball and football games to support local students (remaining on duty at all times) and Engine 25 participated in Franklin High’s homecoming parade this past fall. The station is a regular participant in National Night Out activities each August which strengthens neighborhood and community connections.
PF&R’s 2009 Firefighter of the Year and 29-year-veteran, Firefighter Lemon, has made an especially important impact on the people he works with and community he serves at Station 25. From installing bicycle racks at Franklin High School to coaching youth in the community for 20 years in six sports to purchasing fitness equipment for local schools at his own expense and mentoring a future generation of firefighters who come to Station 25, Firefighter Lemon has touched the lives of many inside and outside of PF&R.
Firefighter Johnson coordinates monthly activities to build relationships with the businesses in Station 25’s Fire Management Area (FMA). These activities include patronizing local restaurants and businesses so that they can connect with the customers they serve, build relationships, and support local businesses.
The firefighters at Station 25 like to think that they have the premier basement in the City of Portland. The PF&R Health and Wellness Program encourages station-based personnel to work out for one hour per 24-hour shift in an effort to maintain high levels of fitness that helps firefighters perform their jobs safely and reduces risk of injury. Working out in their basement gym helps firefighters stay in shape. As a peer fitness trainer, Firefighter Johnson - who used to train NFL athletes – helps his fellow firefighters with strength and conditioning, speed, and quickness training.
Each day at 7:45 am and again in the afternoon, a specially-abled visitor named Don stops by the station to talk with the firefighters and give them ideas. The crews at Station 25 report that they look forward to his daily visits and celebrate his birthday and Christmas with presents that the crew buys.
The station’s slogan and logo – The Pride of the East Side, were designed by a firefighter’s wife and is proudly displayed on the station, truck, and engine. Next time you see a Portland Fire truck or engine with a roaring lion on the door, you’ll know instantly it is from Station 25 and now you know a little more about the crews inside and their commitment to serving their community.
Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
July 8, 2010