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Portland Fire and Rescue, Oregon (Images of America Series)
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Portland Fire and Rescue, Oregon (Images of America Series)

by Brian K. Johnson, Don Porth
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738548838
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
05/16/2007
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,295,974
Product dimensions:
6.58(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.38(d)

Meet the Author


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.

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