From the Portland (OR) Fire & Rescue website, January 28, 2011
In January 2009, Governor Ted Kulongoski issued a proclamation designating January 27th as Fire Service Appreciation Day here in Oregon. The proclamation recognizes all members of the Oregon fire service who keep our communities safe from the ravages of fire by stopping fires before they start through prevention, suppressing fires after they start, and by investigating fires to determine how they start.
To commemorate this day, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) hosted Fire Service Appreciation Day at the OSFM headquarters. The Salem Fire Department Honor Guard opened the ceremonies followed by the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Pipes and Drums and a choral number by The Oregon Fire Choir.
There was a reading of the Oregon legislative proclamation, and remarks by Representative Greg Matthews (D-Gresham), Oregon State Police Superintendent Chris Brown, Interim State Fire Marshal Jim Walker, and Interim Oregon State Forester Nancy Hirsch.
The highlight of the day was an active display of just how effective home fire sprinklers can be. Using a sprinkler demonstration trailer, attendees were provided with a dramatic “live-fire” demonstration, proving just how quickly a small fire can escalate into a full-scale fire.
- Mike Hazell
NFPA Division Manager, Web