Portland Firefighters Organizing a "No-Confidence" Vote Against Chief Erin Janssens


Firefighters with Portland Fire & Rescue are circulating a letter calling for a "no-confidence" vote against Chief Erin Janssens. The letter, which has been obtained by WW and was sent this week to all city fire stations, lists several reasons why firefighters should express their lack of support for Janssens. Among them: Janssens grabbing a senior civilian fire bureau employee by the neck during ...   More
Thursday, August 6, 2015 AARON MESH

Fire Chief Erin Janssens Issues Statement on Club Sesso Investigation


As WW reported yesterday, the city's Bureau of Human Resources is investigating the actions of Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones, who told the manager of a downtown sex club that he could ignore the fire marshal's denial of a special events permit. WW obtained a transcript of a telephone call between Jones and the manager of Ron Jeremy's Club Sesso, in which Jones said there would be no enforcement ...   More
Thursday, August 21, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Burning Money

Portland loves its firefighters—and that’s allowed the fire bureau to become one of the most wasteful operations in the city.

Cover Story
Portland Fire & Rescue’s newest ladder truck is one of the most sophisticated machines of its kind, a 78,000-pound, gleaming red...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fahrenheit 4th of July

Illegal fireworks are exploding in Oregon. Portland’s new fire chief is cracking down.

Cover Story
You thought it was a victimless crime, a Portland rite of passage. You drive across the Columbia River, fill your trunk with powerful fireworks that are legal in Washington, and then smuggle the   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 AARON MESH

BANG! Portland Firefighters Confiscate $35,000 in Illegal Fireworks


Perhaps you heard some illegal fireworks last night? (BOOM!)Portland Fire and Rescue's unprecedented fireworks crackdown this Fourth of July didn't exactly make for a silent night, but it did result in less structure fires—and a lot more fines.(POW!)Fire bureau spokesman Michael Silva says there were 12 fireworks-related fires in the city last night, down from 19 last July 4. And he says Operation ...   More
Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Chief Looks Like A Lady

Commissioner Leonard takes a fire ax to the glass ceiling in choosing a chief for a troubled fire bureau.

City Hall
Twenty years ago, Portland Fire & Rescue employed only four female firefighters.  Last week, City Commissioner Randy Leonard stunned...   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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