Portland Fire & Rescue

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Firefighting in Portland boasts many proud traditions and a long and storied history. In 1851, Col. Thomas Dryer, editor of the Oregonian newspaper, decided that it was in the best interest of the city to establish a firefighting force, and with that, he founded the Pioneer Fire Engine Company No. 1. Little better than a bucket brigade, this volunteer force of 37 men wearing red shirts started operations with just a single hand pump. From these humble beginnings, the organization grew to keep pace with a burgeoning city. From the great fire of 1873 and the colorful era of horse-drawn apparatus to technological innovations and community involvement, Portland Fire & Rescue—as the department is now known—has valiantly protected lives and property in Portland for more than a century and a half.
ISBN: 9780738548838
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oregon
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Brian K. Johnson is an assistant archivist for the City of Portland, which maintains a large collection of fire-department photographs and records. Author Don Porth began his career as a Portland firefighter in 1984 and joined the Prevention Division in 1990, where he has developed the Safety Learning Center and Fire Museum. In this volume, the authors have gathered a wide variety of images to document and illustrate the many compelling stories of Portland Fire & Rescue's unique history.