On March 4, 2010, Trainee Class 10-01 was sworn in as Recruits at the Portland Fire & Rescue's (PF&R) Training Center located off N.E. 122nd Avenue. The Firefighter Trainees had little or no fire service experience before applying and being accepted into the Firefighter Trainee Program. The Firefighter Trainee Program is a "earn while you learn," comprehensive, paid, eight-week training program at PF&R's Training Center.
During the last two months, Firefighter Trainees worked a 40-hour work schedule and received hands-on experience with the tools of the trade. Successful Firefighter Trainees completed the two month, were sworn in, and will now advance to the Firefighter Recruit Academy.
The Firefighter Trainees will be joined by six new Firefighter Recruits and two Firefighters from the Port of Portland. Firefighter Recruits were hired with fire experience or an education background in fire science and currently have a minimum of an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) certification. Firefighters from the Port of Portland are considered traditional firefighters; however, their primary mission is aircraft firefighting.
The new Recruit Class, made up of the graduated Firefighter Trainees, Firefighter Recruits, and Port of Portland Firefighters, will be working together for the next four months earning certifications and learning firefighting skills.
This is a huge step in partnership for the Port of Portland and Portland Fire & Rescue. For the next four months, probationary Port of Portland and Portland Firefighters will train 40 hours every week together as one team. At the end of four months, the Port Firefighters will return to the Airport as Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Fire Fighter 1's and begin their exciting careers. The Portland Firefighters that successfully complete and pass the Firefighter Recruit Academy will continue their probation at Fire Station 2 where they start 24 weeks of shift work (24 hours on/48 hours off) and receive further training while responding to various emergency calls.
This new partnership in Training will open doorways to both organizations and lead the way in adding Gresham Fire Department's newly hired Firefighters into a future Training Academy.
March 18, 2010