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The History Site

Portland Fire History

1853 to Today

Welcome.  This site is not an official site for Portland Fire & Rescue, the Portland Firefighter's Association, or the Retired Portland Firefighter's and Widows Association.  That said, all three play a role in this because the site represents the history of Portland Fire & Rescue from it's origins in about 1850 leading up to modern times.  

This site exists to preserve the history of Portland Fire.  The host was tasked with unraveling the poorly kept documents, stories, and histories of the organzation during the development of the Safety Learning Center in Portland, Oregon.  With no other public venue through which to share, this web site was created so the many stories and images of Portland Fire & Rescue can be enjoyed by many.  

The history of Portland Fire is not now, nor will it ever be, complete.  New stories are continually being discovered and documented.  Many of those come from past members, or might be driven by the curiosity of current members.  If you have a story, image, or document to lend to this rich history, please contact this page to contribute it to the cause.  

Thank you for visiting. 

Don Porth   -   Retired Portland Firefighter

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Special Thanks to the Portland Firefighters Association for sponsoring this site for 2021-22.  Please visit their page to learn more about them. 

History is not there for you to like or dislike, it exists as a lesson from the past.  If it offends you, even better because you are less likely to repeat the failures of days gone by.  It is not yours too  erase, it is yours to study and learn from.  It belongs to all.

Been A While Since You Visited?  Check For Recent Revisions. 

  • 2022-04-09 - Station 34 - The Webfooter Newsletter (Misc)

  • 2022-03-24 - The Tillerrman (Misc)

  • 2022-03-16 - Update Heritage Sites (Portland Fire Stations)

  • 2022-02-17 - Update Line of Duty Death List (Ultimate Sacrifice)

  • 2022-01-31 - Firefighters / Maltese / Florian Cross (Misc)

  • 2022-01-31 - Update Line Of Duty Death List (Ultimate Sacrifice)

  • 2022-01-25 - Update Fire Alarm Telegraph (Stories)

  • 2022-01-22 - Update Crash of Flight 173 (Stories)

  • 2022-01-09 - Local 43 Presidents (Portland Firefighters Association)

  • 2022-01-01 - Apparatus Spreadsheet 1853 to 2021 (Apparatus)

  • 2021-12-18 - Station Tours By Quadrant (Portland Fire Stations)

  • 2021-12-16 - Looking For Past Portland Firefighters? (People)

  • 2021-12-09 - Apparatus Spreadsheet 1853 to 2021 (Apparatus)

  • 2021-12-04 - Update Line of Duty Death Records (Ultimate Sacrifice)

  • 2021-11-02 - Forest Park Fire History (Stories)

  • 2021-09-13 - 1920 Oregonian Newspaper Artiicle on PFD (Stories)

  • 2021-08-26 - Updated due to demolition of Station 2

  • 2021-08-24 - Portland Firefighters Stephen Skidmore and Henry Weinhard

  • 2021-06-20 - Retirement of Fireboat David Campbell Video (Apparatus)

  • 2021-05-25 - Added 1951 Kenworth 4x4 Engine (Apparatus)

  • 2021-05-19 - Updated Fire Marshal History (People)

  • 2021-04-27 - Added Other Owned Apparatus (Apparatus)

  • 2021-04-20 - Added Other Owned Apparatus (Apparatus)

  • 2021-04-14 - Updated Firefighters Section List and Map (Firefighter's Section)

  • 2021-04-12 - David Campbell Memorial Video (David Campbell)

  • 2021-03-31 - Bargains Galore Fire (Stories)

  • 2021-03-27 - Portland Toy & Joy Makers (Stories)

  • 2021-03-23 - Williams/Bruen (Stories); Gilman Letter, Portland Firefigher, (Misc.)

  • 2021-03-17 - Multnomah Village FD and Sellwood Volunter FD Story (Stories)

  • 2021-02-27 - Ultimate Sacrifice Page Created

  • 2021-02.27 - Portland Fire Ladders (Misc)

  • 2021-02-27 - Life Net Story (Stories)

  • 2021-02-25 - Gus Waterford (People)

  • 2021-02-22 - Portland Fire Horses (Stories)

  • 2021-02-21 - 1998 Fire Bond (Misc)

  • 2021-02-21 - Safety First Page Added

  • 2021-01-17 - Firefighter's Section @ Lone Fir Cemetery Added

  • 2021-01-16 - Portland Firefighter's Association Page Added

  • 2021-01-05 - Page Launched