On Thursday, August 4, 2011, the Firefighter Trainee Class 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.
Firefighter Trainees at Swearing In Ceremony
During the last two months, Firefighter Trainees Owen, Christian, Patrick, Thomas, and Brad worked a 40-hour work schedule and received hands-on experience with the tools of the trade. These 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 five new Firefighter Recruits. Firefighter Recruits Chase, Erik, Keith, Tyler, and Tim 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.
Recruit Class 11-02
The new Recruit Class 11-02, made up of the graduated Firefighter Trainees and Firefighter Recruits, will be working together for the next four months earning certifications and learning firefighting skills. At the end of four months, 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.
Good luck to Owen, Christian, Patrick, Thomas, Brad, Chase, Erik, Keith, Tyler, and Tim as they embark in the first part of their challenging journey to become Portland Firefighters!
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
August 18, 2011