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VIDEO: How to Prep Like a Firefighter

September is National Preparedness Month

Are you prepared for the unexpected? See how our firefighters prepare at the station in case of an emergency such as an earthquake.

VIDEO: PF&R Returns from Wildfire Response

The next step? Getting all of our gear ready to go out again.

This video explores PF&R's demobilization from the statewide wildfire response. We still have folks in the field, but most of our crews and apparatus are back. Next step? Getting everything serviced in case we get called out again.

PF&R Responds to Over 500 Fire Incidents During Red Flag Fire Weather Event & Deploys 70 Firefighters to Regional Wildfires

Portlanders Asked to Take Extreme Fire Precautions

firefighter with emergency tape

As red flag weather conditions descended on Portland and sparked unprecedented multiple wildfires around the region, Portland Fire & Rescue responded to back-to-back incidents around the area. From downed power lines to trees crashing into cars and buildings to wind-stoked fires, PF&R is working around the clock to keep Portland safe. Since Monday, PF&R has responded to over 500 fire calls while in the previous three days we responded to 152.

Portland firefighters who are part of Incident Command Teams overseen by the Oregon Fire Marshal’s Office have already been deployed around the state to work on wildfires. Task forces were created to address the immediate needs in our neighboring counties that are fighting multiple wildfires requiring evacuations. We are supplying as much mutual aid as we can while still protecting Portland. To date, 70 Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters have been deployed around the state and we have put five fire engines, one water tender, and one brush unit on the road to assist Clackamas County and Medford in their wildfire fight.

“This is an unprecedented fire event affecting our state and it requires all of us to work together as a community,” says Fire Chief Sara Boone. “Thank you to our firefighters who left their homes to combat these wildfires that are destroying lives and property across Oregon. I want to recognize that many City of Portland employees, including firefighters, have been forced to evacuate their homes and are experiencing loss. I am asking every single person in Portland to do their part to prevent fires in the city.”

Fire staffing in the state is stretched thin and it is of the utmost importance that Portlanders take extreme preventative measures to make sure no fires are started. Some suggested measures Portlanders can take to protect themselves and the community are below:

  • Do not BBQ or create outdoor fires during this dangerous period.
  • Do not smoke outside and make sure inside cigarette butts are extinguished fully in a non-combustible ashtray.
  • Do not use any machinery that creates sparks outside.
  • If you live next to a natural area, you should provide firefighters with the defensible space they need to protect your home. Create a buffer zone by removing weeds, brush and other vegetation. This helps keep the fire away from your home and reduces the risk from flying embers.
  • Sign up to receive emergency alerts at www.publicalerts.org
  • Be aware: if you see a fire, no matter how small, call 9-1-1.
  • Learn what to do at different emergency evacuation levels:

Level 1: Get Ready
Level 2: Be Set
Level 3: GO!

The Different Levels of Emergency Evacuation

Find out what you need to do at each evacuation level.

Learn what to do at different emergency evacuation levels:

Level 1: Get Ready
Level 2: Be Set
Level 3: GO!

Pack your valuables. Include important documents such as passports, birth certificates, insurance information, medications, medical equipment and animal vaccination records.


Monitor the news. Follow Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and Multnomah County Emergency Management’s social media pages, local tv and radio news broadcasts.


Evacuate – information will be provided regarding where you can go to get information, resources, and support.

Read this guide to find out what to do in all of the steps: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/531507