Save Portland Fire Entertainment
  • Petitioned Erin Jannsen

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Portland Fire Chief
Erin Jannsen

Save Portland Fire Entertainment

    1. Agenta Nikita
    2. Petition by

      Agenta Nikita

      Portland, OR

All fire performance venue permits will be revoked in the city of Portland by Dec 31, 2012 because of the new provisions of Administrative Rule FIR-3.07, which sets for extreme limits on fire performance. These limits are completely detached from any realistic possibility of continued fire performance. According to the new permit, ARB-FIR3.07, no venue in Portland meet these spacial requirements.

1. 25-foot distance between audience and performers
2. 30 feet from a "non-combustible background" on three sides
3. 50 feet away from any "combustible background"
4. Max 3 performers at a time with 5' extra in every direction
5. 12-foot ceiling rule
6. Two spotters per performer
7. Open ended "large audience" and fire marshals discretion clauses
8. List of “allowed for indoor use” fuels contains dangerous fuels, including biodiesel and kerosene.

FIRE PERFORMANCE COMMUNITY SOLUTION: Form a professional association that will allow venues to circumvent the new fire code, The Portland Association of Fire Artists( PAFA). PAFA provides certification classes for fire performers and safeties, including first aid as indicated in FIR-3.07 If a venue agrees to hire only PAFA-certified performers and safeties, then the sections of the new code indicated
above don't apply to them.

We, the undersigned, demand a realistic solution to the dilemma of FIR-3.07. We want cooperation and coordination between the Portland Fire & Rescue and The Portland Association of Fire Artist certification as the solution. We demand safe fire performance allowances in indoor venues in Portland!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Mark Husted FRESNO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing so that the limitations are lightened. Max 3 performers at a time? What is that? Two spotters per performer? Just wow. I have spun fire many times alone. If I burn myself....I hope some neighbors put it on youtube.

      • over 2 years ago

      This is going to severely hinder the bar/cab industry of Portland.

    • Dawn McCready VANCOUVER, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Performing with fire can be regulated. Like so many other forms of entertainment and self expression, given the chance and reasonable safety minded boundaries, it can be enjoyed and appreciated by many for it's artistry and discipline much in the same way many art forms, previously seen as taboo, are today.

    • R. Joseph Newton EUGENE, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      While I feel a bit nervous about indoor fire performance of any kind, I also think these regulations are excessive and not well thought out. I do believe a professional certification program would address safety issues much more effectively, while allowing an evolving art to flourish.

    • Kyla Broderick PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      My Fire dance is an art expression that I have been safely practicing for over 10 years. I don't want to loose that right.


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