Fire Bureau Storing Disaster Supplies in Warehouse that Doesn't Meet Seismic Code

Gideon Building was purchased from relative of former chief.


Portland Fire & Rescue has been storing equipment used to respond to disasters in a building that would fall down in a major earthquake. It’s a building the fire bureau paid $408,550 to buy—double what the building was valued at a little more than a year before its purchase—from an owner related to a former fire chief and bureau battalion chief. As WW first reported in this week’s Murmurs, ...   More
Friday, November 29, 2013

No Police or Fire Layoffs in City Budget


The next time you hear Portland's public safety bureaus howl about taking the brunt of what have been painted as draconian city budget cuts, remember this number: Zero. That's how many layoffs the city's police and fire bureaus will have to make in the budget approved by City Council this morning. Mayor Charlie Hales had warned for months that the public safety bureaus would need to take their share ...   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: The Scarlet Letter

Dr. Know
There’s a red sign with a “U” on Union Jacks. I’ve heard it’s a warning that the building is unsafe to enter if it’s on fire. How do they stay open if they’re unsafe? I love UJs, but I   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Money Watch: New Big Donors to the Portland Fire Bond Campaign

City Commissioner Nick Fish and Beam Construction and Management are the latest large donors to the Yes campaign on the city of Portland's $72.4 million bond measure for the Fire Bureau. Fish and Beam Development each ponied up $2,500 to the fire bond campaign. (Fish, who won his re-election to City Council in May, also tapped his campaign fund for a much smaller donation of $250 to Democratic ...   More
Thursday, August 19, 2010 HANK STERN


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