With today’s announcement of Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens’s retirement this April I want to thank her on behalf of all Portlanders for her 28+ years of service to our city. Her story is one of incredible commitment and dedication to the men and women of PF&R and all they serve. Chief Janssens has always pursued innovation and cutting-edge programs throughout her time with PF&R and especially in the last four years as Chief. From reinstituting the use of Rapid Response Vehicles to educating youth in afterschool programs to partnering with health care providers on a myriad of initiatives, Chief Janssens has embraced all forms of innovation and change. She will be missed but leaves PF&R in great standing. I will immediately begin a nationwide search for her replacement and will have more details on that process in the coming weeks. For now, please join me in thanking Chief Janssens and all the men and women of Portland Fire & Rescue for making Portland the safe and wonderful city we enjoy today.
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