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Janssens becomes new fire chief at Tuesday ceremony

by: Courtesy of PFR, Fire Marshal Erin Janssens becomes the new city fire chief Tuesday at a ceremony on the steps of City Hall. She replaces Chief John Klum, who is retiring.

Portland Fire and Rescue swears in its new chief Tuesday afternoon.

Fire Marshal Erin Janssens will be sworn in during a 3:30 p.m. ceremony on the steps of City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave. She replaces Chief John Klum, who is retiring this month.

Janssens is a 24-year veteran of Portland Fire and Rescue. She joined the fire bureau as a firefighter in 1988 and was promoted through the ranks of lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, deputy chief of special operations and most recently Portland's fire marshal.

During her career, Janssens has worked on the bureau's emergency response efforts, she supervised the Metropolitan Medical Response System grant securing millions for regional firefighting equipment and led a regional group of fire chiefs to develop response strategies for disasters.

A reception in the City Hall atrium follows the swearing-in ceremony.