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

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News
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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