Engine 15 at Station 15, c1948

Engine 15 still operates out of the 1927-built Station 15 at 1920 SW Spring Street in Portland Heights. The present day engine is considerably newer than this 1920s American LaFrance pictured outside the fire station circa 1948. The driver is identified as Carl Christensen.

(City of Portland Archives)

Fire Station 9, 1913

Fire Station 9 is now known as the Historic Belmont Firehouse and still stands at the corner of SE 35th and Belmont. Station 9 was nearly new at the time of this photo; many of Portland’s existing historic firehouses are dated circa 1912. The building is now the home of the Safety Learning Center and Fire Museum and the Jeff Morris Foundation.

(City of Portland Archives)

Fire Station 17, 1915

The Portland Fire Department’s Station 17 crew displays their firefighting equipment in 1915. Are both vehicles American LaFrance? The building is now a nicely preserved private residence on NW 24th Ave.

(City of Portland Archives)