Service With a Smile

A senior fire official went to bat for an embattled club owner, who offered what three officials saw as a bribe.

News Stories
Maria Toth Brown had some explaining to do. Toth Brown runs Refuge PDX, a club in the Central Eastside Industrial District. On Nov. 23, 2013, records show, Refuge PDX jammed 1,000 people into    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: No Jokes About How Hot and Smokin’ This Story Is.

It’s becoming clearer why Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso was so happy when Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones told the sex club he’d look the other way if a party at the club violated fire regulat   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Lars Larson Files Elections Complaint Against Portland Fire Bureau for Gov. John Kitzhaber Ad


Yesterday, Portland Fire & Rescue released a public service announcement featuring Gov. John Kitzhaber talking about the importance of knowing how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The ad followed a May incident in which Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, gave CPR to a woman until Fire Bureau paramedics could take over. Lars Larson, who hosts a daily talk show on KXL (FM 101), ...   More
Friday, August 29, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Playing With Fire

A former regular at Club Sesso says the sex club’s manager spoke of a special relationship with the fire bureau.

News Stories
The city of Portland’s investigation of a high-ranking officer at Portland Fire & Rescue who allegedly protected a downtown sex club from being cited for code violations may now expand into a    More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fire Bureau Seeking FEMA Funds for Anti-Fireworks Media Blitz


For six years, Portland Fire & Rescue has been waging a border war against illegal fireworks from Washington state. Now it's looking to Washington, D.C. to fund that war. Portland City Council will vote Wednesday to approve an application by the fire bureau for $120,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency money.The Assistance to Firefighters, Fire Prevention & Safety Grant would fund the ...   More
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 AARON MESH

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

Fire Chief John Klum to Retire


Portland Fire & Rescue Chief John Klum, whose bureau is currently investigating alleged improprieties on promotional exams, announced his retirement yesterday. The announcement was expected within the bureau and is unrelated to the investigation, says bureau spokesman Paul Corah. Here is the chief's email:From: Klum, John Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2012 4:47 PM To: All Email Users (PF&R) ...   More
Thursday, January 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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