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PF&R To Host Timely Campus Fire Safety Presentation and Forum


In 2016, Fire Chief Mike Myers announced the “Zero Fire Death” initiative. A detailed plan involving targeted education, innovative prevention measures and several measurable improvements in emergency response with one goal in mind, zero fire deaths in the city of Portland.

As young adults head off to college in a matter of days, they are concerned about a host of things but fire safety isn’t usually on the top of their list. Portland Fire & Rescue would like to change that. Please join City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and Chief Mike Myers at Portland Fire & Rescue Station 1 on August 20, 2018 for a presentation on why college campus safety is so important to the “Zero Fire Death” initiative and hear from specialized fire inspectors on prevention policies specific to campus safety. Guest speaker, Lauren Gibbs whose daughter tragically died last year to a fire at her college housing, will also be speaking about her experience and why this such an important and timely subject.A special question and answer forum involving PF&R fire inspectors, college campus safety personnel, students and parents will occur after the press conference.

* Both Commissioner Saltzman and Chief Mike Myers will be available for media after the press conference.

For more info on the Zero Is Our Hero campaign:


What:     Campus Safety Press Conference and Public Forum

When:     Monday August 20th, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Where:     Portland Fire & Rescue, Station 1, 55 SW Ash St  (Skidmore Conference Room)

Posted on Sun, 19 Aug 2018 15:31:37 GMT

Portland Fire & Rescue's Cadet Program Now Taking Applications (Photo)

Are you or someone you know 16-20 years-old and interested in becoming a firefighter?

Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Cadet Program provides the opportunity for young men and women, ages 16 to 20, to become familiar with career opportunities available in the fire service. Through classroom instruction, hands-on training, and volunteer work, Cadets are provided a base of knowledge and experience that will benefit them not only in fire service careers, but also in all future endeavors. The program is designed to encourage and promote accountability, being safe, communication, teamwork, fitness and develop leadership skills.

PF&R is committed to providing our Cadets with the most realistic experience possible. The Cadet Program is designed and functions similarly to a Fire Science/Fire Academy.

Program Objectives:

  • Hands-on training and fire ground skills  
  • Emergency Medical Response skills 
  • Physical fitness
  • Academic Requirements
  • Crew Dynamics/Interaction 
  • Tours of specialty areas within PF&R
  • Application/Interview Process 

The goal of the program is to provide Cadets with a basic understanding of the fire service and to prepare them for future professional advancement opportunities such as Resident/Volunteer Firefighting, College Level Fire Science Programs and EMT/Paramedic Programs.

Program Requirements:  

  • Cadets must be between the ages of 16 and 20.
  • Cadets must be able to attend weekly drills every Saturday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, October through May.  
  • Pass weekly quizzes and complete academic assignments.
  • Perform weekly physical fitness and training specific to firefighting skills, including the Physical Agility Test (PAT) upon completion from the Program. 
  • Complete assigned duties/responsibilities in a timely manner.  
  • Adhere to dress and conduct codes provided. 
  • Willingness to make improvements and show self-motivation     

Applications are due by Aug. 31, 2018. Applicants should apply here:

Posted on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 17:57:39 GMT


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