Issue No. 33                                                                           August 2014

Is Your Home Safe from Wildfire?
According to the Oregon Department of Forestry, approximately 751,672 Oregonians (occupying about 342,000 homes) live in areas vulnerable to wildfire. Here in Portland, urban density built near fire-prone natural areas poses unique risks and requires special precautions. Even if you don't live in a Portland Wildfire Hazard Zone, remember: a single ember from a wildfire can travel over a mile.
Portland Fire & Rescue extinguishes a 2013 wildfire in Northwest Portland.


Action Steps for around your home:

  • Clear leaves and other vegetative debris from roofs, gutters, porches and decks. This helps prevent embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house.
  • Screen in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Remove flammable materials (wood piles, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home's foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don't let it touch your house, deck or porch.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so that the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
  • Don't let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
  • Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair the shingles that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
  • Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
  • Enclose eaves and screen soffit vents using 1/8 mesh metal screening to prevent ember entry.

Visit, and for more information on how you can protect your community from wildfire.


(Source: National Fire Protection Assosciation)

New Bike Medics

PF&R is proud to introduce our newest public safety team, the bike medics. Our bike medic team is utilized for large-scale public events such as parades and races where crowds and road closures make accessing incidents harder with motorized vehicles.


Composed of 20 firefighters equipped with medical supplies, the bike team's best asset is how nimble they are and their ability to get to patients quickly.  Say hi if you see us: we'll be in our bike medic uniform of red polo shirts and black bike shorts and we'll be riding black bikes.

Sharp Drop in Local
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Portland Fire & Rescue would like to remind all parents and caregivers that September 14-20th is Child Passenger Safety Week.
Please take time to ensure you are correctly securing all children in the right car restraints for their ages and sizes.
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Join hundreds of firefighters from across the country and around the world on September 21, 2014 for the 6th Annual Portland Firefighter Stairclimb.



The challenge is a competitive race up 40 floors and 800 steps of the U.S. Bancorp Tower. Firefighters will be outfitted in over 70 lbs. of full "Combat Gear" including self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) commonly used in the line of duty. Racers compete for individual titles in both men and women categories.
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