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NEWS RELEASE 06/04/12: Community and Media Invited to Attend Swearing-In Ceremony for New Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens


June 4, 2012

1:54 PM

Oregon’s largest fire and emergency services provider will soon have a new Fire Chief.

This Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm, Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Fire Chief John Klum will pass on the command of PF&R to current Fire Marshal Erin Janssens at a swearing-in ceremony on the steps of City Hall, 1120 SW 4th Avenue in Portland, Oregon.  

Janssens brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having worked at every ranked level of Portland Fire.  A Portland-area native, Erin joined PF&R as a firefighter in 1988 and was promoted through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief of Special Operations, and most recently Portland’s Fire Marshal.    

Over the course of her career, Janssens has worked collaboratively with multiple agencies to improve PF&R’s emergency response efforts relative to lightrail, streetcar, and bicycle/pedestrian projects, green streets, and emergency response routes. She oversaw the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) grant securing millions of dollars for regional firefighting equipment and chaired a regional group of fire chiefs to develop response strategies for human-caused and natural disasters. Erin also played an instrumental role in the transition of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) from PF&R under the Office of Mayor Katz.

"Portland Fire & Rescue has an incredibly talented and highly trained group of people that I’m extremely proud of.  Our job is two-fold; to create a safe environment for Portland’s citizens and protect life and property by helping people in their greatest time of need," Janssens has noted. "As Fire Chief, I face both challenges and opportunities.  I look forward to leading Portland Fire & Rescue to a successful future."

Citizens and the media are invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony.  A reception will follow immediately in the City Hall Atrium.

About Portland Fire & Rescue

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) promotes a safe work environment for all people who live and work in Portland and the surrounding areas. PF&R is Oregon’s largest fire and emergency services provider.  We provide an extensive range of public safety services including fire prevention, public education, response to fire, medical, and other emergency incidents, and disaster mitigation.   

PF&R operates 30 engine companies, nine truck companies, two fireboats, four rescues, and three squad units, including two specialized units for Chemical and Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) response, and a specialized unit for Hazardous Materials (HazMat).  These units allow PF&R firefighters to provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Emergency response is provided from 30 stations, which are strategically located throughout the City of Portland to maximize resources and provide the quickest possible response times.

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