Last weekend, Portlanders headed outside to enjoy the sun and shoot the breeze with neighbors and community members at the annual Belmont Street Fair. The theme was “Imagine!” and the fair definitely lived up to it’s name with expanded Kids Fun Center, the Artist’s Alley, the alternative transportation exposition, and a local musicians ranging in funk to saloon ensembles.
Smack dab in the middle of the fun was the Historic Belmont Firehouse Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum, located at 900 SE 35th Avenue. The Firehouse doors were open not only for the fair but also for a monthly event affectionately known as “Safety Saturday.” Safety Saturdays occur on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
All Saturday long, Firefighters were available at the Firehouse, ready to give tours, provide simple fire safety messages, and teach those interested about Portland Fire & Rescue’s long history of providing service to the community.
According to Fire Inspector Scott Goetchius, “The Street Fair and Safety Saturday drew a huge crowd and many people came through the Belmont Firehouse. We estimated about 1250 visitors.” He went on to extend his gratitude saying, “ A big thank you to Firehouse Volunteers June Porth, Nate Sigler, Ben Jaynes and Sue Goetchius for helping staff the facility on Saturday. It was a long day, but well worth it!”
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
September 16, 2011