Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens says she plans to retire in April. She has been with the fire bureau for 28 years.Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens said Wednesday that she plans to retire in April.

Janssens has been a firefighter for more than 31 years, 28 of those with Portland Fire & Rescue. She said her plan to retire in 2015 was delayed by bureau projects that she needed to shepherd through the system.

By giving three months notice, Janssens said she hopes it will be enough time for the city to find a replacement chief.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your fire chief,” Janssens said. “I am extremely proud to have had the opportunity to lead Oregon's largest fire and rescue organization of 730 talented and highly trained people dedicated to protect lives, property, and the environment. I have loved coming to work each day, and am proud to call many of you friends.”

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