Find out answers below to frequently asked questions about swimming pools, burning regulations, child safety seats, cats in trees, touring fire stations, smoke alarms, blood pressure checks, and copies of reports:
Will PF&R fill my swimming pool?
Portland Fire and Rescue (PF&R) does not fill swimming pools and the Portland Water Bureau will not issue hydrant permits for this purpose.
What are the outdoor burning regulations for City of Portland?
Limited outdoor burning is allowed within city limits. This includes:
- Cooking with standard barbecue equipment.
- Ceremonial fires for large gatherings or institutions, when a permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) is obtained. Written authorization from the Property Owner is required. This authorization needs to be signed, dated, and presented when applying for the permit. Contact PF&R’s Permit Desk at (503) 823-3712 for further information.
- Recreational fires defined as; burning clean, dry, cord type firewood as in a standard campfire type setting. When burning a fire of this type, you must build the fire in a pit or pan prepared for this purpose. The fire must not be larger than a standard campfire, less than 3 feet in diameter, with pile less than 2 feet in height.These recreational files shall be no closer than 25 feet from a structure, this includes decks. In addition, a capable and responsible person should be in attendance at all times with a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or water bucket easily accessible.
You can find the City’s guidelines – including definitions of fire types – at http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=29178&a=25742. If you have any questions about burning regulations, please call (503) 823-3700 and ask to speak with the on-duty senior fire inspector.
Can PF&R install child safety seats?
The requirements to be a car seat installation technician are very involved. Portland Fire & Rescue does not have staff trained to this level. Contact the Child Safety Seat Resource Center for assistance and/or a full list of car seat check clinics. They can be reached at (503) 643-5620 or visit them online at http://www.childsafety.org. Additionally, some automobile dealerships report that they provide installation services for their customers.
Does PF&R assist with getting cats out of trees?
PF&R is not able to assist with this service. Please visit the Oregon Humane Societies Animal Rescue Service website at http://www.oregonhumane.org or call (503) 802-6707. You can also view their Cat in a Tree Info Sheet here!
How do I schedule a tour of the fire station?
All 30 Portland fire stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Guests are welcome at our stations by appointment most days at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm. Please use our online forms at http://www.portlandonline.com/fire/index.cfm?c=57868 to request a fire station tour, a visit by a fire station, or a tour of our Historic Belmont Firehouse & Safety Learning Center at SE 35th & Belmont.
Upon receipt of your request, a Tour Coordinator or Station Captain will contact you by phone and/or e-mail to confirm your request. Please call us with questions at 503-823-3741.
Activities are planned based on the age and skill level of the audience. We look forward to your visit!
Does PF&R give away, or install smoke alarms?
PF&F does have smoke alarms available for installation. To learn more call the smoke alarm hotline at (503) 823-3700.
Can I get my blood pressure checked at a fire station?
Yes, you can stop by any fire station and get your blood pressure checked as long is the crew is available. Keep in mind that due to the nature of emergency services the crew might have to leave unexpectedly to go on an emergency call. Please be courteous and cooperative if you desire this service.
How do I obtain a copy of a report?
To obtain a copy of either a fire report or emergency medical service patient report, please visit the Public Records Request page at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/387805.
Portland Fire & Rescue
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August 27, 2010