Last Saturday, Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Station 19 held a 100th Anniversary Open House from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This event marked 100 years of service to the SE Portland community surrounding the station.
The public and media were invited to tour the station, which is located at 7301 E Burnside.
The celebration began at 2:00 pm with a bagpiper and opening remarks from Fire Chief John Klum and former-Station Captain Fred Ellison. Close to 400 visitors toured the station, exploring Fire Engine 19, PF&R’s antique Fire Mack Truck, and historical firefighting equipment and literature provided by PF&R’s Public Education Office. Visitors enjoyed cake, coffee, and juice, as well as a slideshow highlighting photos of past and present emergency calls and station life at Station 19.
Firefighters at PF&R’s Station 19 serve the Mt. Tabor, Montavilla, and Madison South neighborhoods and cover a large response area east to I-205, west to 47th Avenue, south to Division Street, and north to Tillamook Street. Of PF&R’s 30 fire stations, Station 19 is one of the busiest with over 3,300 emergency runs in 2010.
In March 1911, Station 19 was built at SE 61st and Stark. The station moved to its current location in December 1953. The original building still stands and is now occupied by Cooper's Coffeehouse.
A big thank you to the community that helped make this celebration so successful!
Additional photos of the event will be posted on PF&R's Facebook page.