Portland Fire & Rescue’s Operations Battalion Chief along with the Special Hazards Inspector are helping first in stations get acquainted with buildings deemed “unsafe” in their respective Fire Management Areas (FMA).
A building marked “unsafe” is due to their construction, use, state of maintenance or extraordinary hazards to emergency personnel. An “unsafe building” will only be those that pose a threat to firefighters and members involved in an emergency response.
Recent firefighter injuries and deaths around the nation due to building collapse have made it a priority for Portland Fire & Rescue to identify these “unsafe” buildings. Along with a thorough walk through, the buildings are marked with a large “U” to warn firefighters of the potential hazard.
Engine 18, Engine 20, and Truck 4 toured a newly marked unsafe building in their FMA yesterday to get better acquainted with the hazards the building presents in case of a fire.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
March 9, 2011