Portland Fire & Rescue
|Always Ready, Always There|
|Established||January 3, 1883|
(volunteer force established 1850)
|Annual calls||67,191 (2010)|
|Annual budget||$91 million (2010)|
|Fire chief||Sara Boone |
|Facilities and equipment|
|Light and air||2|
Portland Fire and Rescue Bureau, also known as the Portland Fire Bureau, and sometimes informally the Portland Fire Department, provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Portland, Oregon, United States. The department is responsible for an area of 151 square miles (390 km2), with a population of over 632,309. It is the largest fire and emergency services provider in Oregon.
Portland's first firefighting services were provided by Pioneer Fire Engine Company no. 1, established in 1850 by Thomas Dryer, founder of The Oregonian newspaper. It consisted of 37 volunteers wearing red shirts and operating a single hand pump. A fire at a steam mill in 1853 illustrated the need for an organized firefighting force, and on July 29, 1853, the Vigilance Hook and Ladder Company no. 1 was created, consisting of 36 volunteers. Less than a month later, 22 volunteers formed the Willamette Engine Company no. 1, and the first engine house in Portland was built on a donated lot on Yamhill Street.
On May 22, 1854, the Portland city council passed an ordinance establishing the Portland Fire Department. H. W. Davis was elected as the first "chief engineer" (or chief) and was reelected to the position in 1855 and 1856. In 1857, businessman S. J. McCormick was elected chief. A reorganization of the department in 1857 brought the Willamette Company no. 1, the Multnomah Engine Company no. 2 (which had been formed in 1856) and Vigilance Hook and Ladder Company no. 1 into the Portland Fire Department, which thereupon had a total of 157 members (volunteer firefighters). Another reorganization in 1859 added the Columbia Engine Company no. 3 to the department; it was the first engine company in Portland to use horses. As the city's population grew, additional fire companies were organized, including the Protection Engine Company no. 4, in 1862; the Tiger Company no. 5, in 1873; and the Couch Engine Company no. 6, in 1880.
On August 2, 1873, the Great Fire of 1873 broke out, burning for over 12 hours and destroying 22 blocks in the heart of the city. In 1883, the Portland Paid Fire Department submitted its first annual budget to City Council.
Fire stations and apparatus
|1||Old Town||55 SW Ash Street||C103, E1, RC1, S1, T1, TR1, USAR1, UT1|
|2||Parkrose||4800 NE 122nd Avenue||E2, T2||Station 2 includes PF&R's training facility, so both apparatus have extended cabs to seat two additional firefighters.|
|3||Northwest/Pearl District||1715 NW Johnson Street||E3, T3|
|4||Portland State University||511 SW College Street||E4, T4|
|5||Hillsdale||1505 SW DeWitt Street||C1, E5, R99, RHB5||Rescue 99 is Portland Fire's SERT paramedics, which responds to tactical incidents when Portland Police's Special Emergency Reaction Team is activated.|
|6||Northwest Industrial||3660 NW Front Avenue||E6, FB6, FB6R||Reserve Fireboat 6 is the David Campbell, which entered service in 1927.|
|7||Mill Park||1500 SE 122nd Avenue||C3, E7, HC458, HM7, RC7, T7||Hazmat 7 is Portland's primary hazardous materials response unit, and Oregon State Region 7 HazMat Emergency Response Team.|
|8||Kenton||7134 North Maryland Avenue||T8|
|9||Hawthorne||1706 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd||C4, E9, MC9|
|10||Burlingame||451 SW Taylors Ferry Road||T10, E10||Engine 10 is sometimes used in service when Truck 10 is out for repairs.|
|11||Lents||5707 SE 92nd Avenue||E11, R11|
|12||Sandy Blvd.||8645 NE Sandy Boulevard||E12, S12||Squad 12 is a tillered crane, the first of its kind manufactured by Pierce in 2012, designed to support Urban Search and Rescue operations in the event of an earthquake.|
|13||Lloyd||926 NE Weidler Street||E13, T13, WT13|
|14||Alberta||1905 NE Killingsworth Street||BU14, E14|
|15||Arlington Heights||1920 SW Spring St||E15|
|16||Sylvan||1715 SW Skyline||BU16, E16, WT16|
|17||Hayden Island||848 North Tomahawk Island Drive||E17, FB17, FB17R, RB17|
|18||Multnomah Village||8720 SW 30th Avenue||BU18, E18, HS18|
|19||Mt. Tabor||7301 East Burnside Street||E19, RHB19|
|20||Sellwood||2235 SE Bybee Boulevard||E20|
|21||Eastbank||5 SE Madison St.||E21, FB21, RB21, UT21|
|22||St. Johns||7205 North Alta Street||BU22, E22, T22, UT22|
|23||Lower Southeast||2915 SE 13th Place||E23, R23|
|24||Overlook/Swan Island||4515 North Maryland Street||C2, E24, FU24, HS24, R24|
|25||Woodstock||5211 SE Mall Street||E25, T25|
|26||Portsmouth/University Park||5247 North Lombard Street||E26|
|27||Forest Heights||3130 NW Skyline Boulevard||BU27, E27, JP27|
|28||Hollywood||5540 NE Sandy Boulevard||E28|
|29||Powellhurst||13310 SE Foster Road||BU29, E29|
|30||Gateway||13313 NE San Rafael Street||E30|
|31||Rockwood||1927 SE 174th Avenue||E31, R31||Station 31 is shared with Gresham Fire & Emergency Services. PF&R staffs Station 31 on A and C shifts, and Gresham staffs it on B shift.|
|T||Truck (PF&R operates tillers, towers and quints all under the callsign "Truck")|
|S||Squad (PF&R operates one heavy rescue squad, located at Station 1)|
|R||Rescue response vehicle (modified GMC Yukons which respond to medical emergencies and can provide Advanced life support)|
|HS||Heavy Squad (These units are assigned to Chemical and Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) response, as well as responding to high-rise fires)|
|RC||Rescue Craft (specially outfitted SeaDoos which respond to water rescues from Station 1)|
|C||Battalion Chief (PF&R always has four battalion chiefs on duty across the city, as well as a deputy chief at its headquarters at Station 1)|
|BU||Brush Unit (responds to brush fires and emergencies in areas not accessible by normal fire apparatus)|
|JP||Jeep (responds to emergencies in areas and weather conditions not accessible by normal fire apparatus)|
|UT||Utility (ATVs which respond along trails and other areas not accessible by normal fire apparatus)|
|HC||HazMat Conditions Unit|
|TR||Technical Rescue Unit|
|USAR||Urban search and rescue|
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