Portland fire & Rescue – an Images of America series. By: Brian K. Johnson and Don Porth. Firefighting in Portland, Oregon, boasts many proud traditions and a long stories history. In 1851, Col. Thomas Dryer, Editor of the “Oregonian” newspaper, decided that it was the best interest of the city to establish a firefighting force. He founded the Pioneer Fire Engine Company, No. 1. It was no better than a bucket brigade with a volunteer force of 37 men wearing red shirts that 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, the Portland Fire & Rescue, as now known, has valiantly protected lives and property in Portland. Author Brian Johnson is an assistant archivist for the City of Portland which maintains a large collection of fire department photos and records. Author, Don Porth began his career as a Portland firefighter in 1984. In this publication, the authors have gathered a wide variety of images and documents to illustrate the many compelling stories of Portland’s firefighting unique history. Softbound. B&W Photos. Pgs. 127. Book measures approximately 6 ½” X 9 ½”.