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Dan Saltzman

Commissioner, City of Portland

Phone: 503-823-4151

Fax: 503-823-3036

1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 230, Portland, OR 97204

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Press Release: Commissioner Saltzman announces Interim Fire Chief



Stacy Brewster, Office of Commissioner Dan Saltzman

(503) 823-4151,

(April 4th, 2016) – City Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced today he will appoint Deputy Chief Ken Burns as Interim Fire Chief during the search for a permanent Fire Chief. “Burns has shown exceptional leadership in the Bureau and is ready to step up until the recruitment process is completed,” stated Saltzman. Chief Erin Janssens recently announced her retirement after 28 years of service with Portland Fire & Rescue. She’s been Chief since 2012. Ken Burns will assume the role of Interim Chief beginning April 15th.

Commissioner Saltzman stated Burns will not be a candidate for Fire Chief, but that he is willing and excited to lead the Bureau until a new candidate is selected and situated in their new role. Burns will remain Interim Chief during the recruitment and assist with the transition of the new Fire Chief.

Ken Burns began his career as a firefighter with Portland Fire & Rescue in 1990 and has since been promoted through many levels of the Bureau. In 2007 he became Battalion Chief and in 2011 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Battalion Chief where he implemented numerous programs, including advancing the Alternative Destination and Transportation pilot. Currently he is the Deputy Chief of EMS and coordinates efforts with Multnomah County to develop plans that connect the High Utilizer Group of 911 callers with appropriate, non-emergency resources. Ken and his wife live in Happy Valley and are the proud parents of three sons.