With support and direction from Commissioner Randy Leonard, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) developed the Fire Blog in October 2009 primarily to communicate new ideas and news, provide an informal channel of communication, and get instant feedback from both internal PF&R members and the communities we serve.
From mid October 2009 to now, members of PF&R’s Public Information Team researched, wrote, and posted just over 780 blogs. That’s over 60 blogs each month! During that same time period, the blog was accessed by readers close to 300,000 times!
Blog topics included recruiting efforts and firefighter testing information, press releases, historical and statistical fire information, upcoming events and celebrations, budget and planning actions, prevention and fire safety messages, firehouse recipes, new fire equipment and training, tributes to Portland firefighters lost in the line of duty, community outreach efforts, trivia, frequently asked questions, emergency incident statistics, specialty team activities, firehouse life, and firefighters serving the community while off-duty just to name a few.
The top ten most popular blog posts during the past year included:
- NEWS RELEASE 12/29/09: Portland Fire & Rescue Appoints Erin Janssens as Fire Marshal (2,406 views)
- Firehouse Recipe of the Week: Garlic Basil Shrimp (2,312 views)
- 01/15/10: Open Enrollment for PF&R Firefighter Trainee & Firefighter EMT/Paramedic is Now Closed (2,116 views)
- Information on Practice Tests & Study Guides for Eligible Firefighter Applicants (1,442 views)
- Fire Trivia: Difference Between Fire Trucks and Fire Engines (1,176 views)
- Oregon's New Law on Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Important Dates to Note (805 views)
- All I Wanted Was An Ambulance - Why Did Portland Fire & Rescue Respond? (779 views)
- Faces of Portland Fire & Rescue: Firefighter Joel, Station 8 (711 views)
- NBC Movie of the Week goes on Scene at Portland Fire Station #1 (664 views)
- Here's Your Sneak Peek at PF&R's New Truck 1 (568 views)
The Fire Blog helps PF&R to communicate to the citizens of Portland what we stand for, what we're trying to accomplish, and what’s important to us as a bureau. PF&R will continue to provide information, resources, and tips to readers both inside and outside of PF&R. The blog has show to be a useful workspace to keep each one another updated and maintain open dialogue.
The Fire Blog is a continual work in progress. If you have comments or suggestions, we always welcome your feedback.
Thanks again for visiting and supporting
Portland Fire & Rescue’s Fire Blog!
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
November 19, 2010