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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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PF&R Firehouse Cooking Live on KOIN Studio 6



Video courtesy of KOIN Studio 6

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Portland Firefighter Kevin and Lieutenant Damon, Station 12 and 13 respectively, visited the KOIN Studio 6 on July 28, 2010 to showcase firehouse cooking at its finest.

Filmed in real time, Kevin and Damon prepared pecan-crusted Alaskan cod with pineapple and peach salsa which they served on a bed of jalapeno mango rice. Click here for the entire recipe and make sure to watch their live cooking debut and performance on the video link above!

KOIN Studio 6 is a lifestyle magazine show airing weekdays at 4:00 pm on CBS in Portland, Oregon. Learn more here





Question: I saw a City of Portland fire truck at a local grocery store , and some of the firefighters were inside shopping for food. Why do firefighters use fire trucks for non-emergency purposes while they are on duty?


Answer: To ensure the most effective service at the time of an emergency, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters must remain in their designated response territory with their fire trucks and engines during their entire shift. PF&R firefighters work 24-hour shifts with no scheduled breaks, and meals are not provided by the City the Portland. Personnel on each shift must purchase their own food and prepare their own meals, so they usually make a daily trip to the grocery store within their territories to buy whatever they need to prepare their meals for the entire shift.

Firefighters can be dispatched a call even when they are away from their fire station. Since all PF&R firefighting crews maintain constant radio contact with the Bureau of Emergency Communications (9-1-1) and the entire crew must always be together with their engine or truck, they are always ready to respond to any emergency, regardless of their current location or non-emergency assignment.   

Firefighters shop for lunch and dinner at a grocery store in their response area.

Firefighters from Station 1 receive a medical call while grocery shopping and leave quickly to respond. 


  Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  August 3, 2010


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