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Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Typical Day at the Academy

 The typical day at PF&R's Training Academy is very busy. There are academic and physical fitness components to the day, and a lot of information is compressed into the schedule.  PF&R takes pride in its extensive training and, as a result, PF&R's training program is one of the longest, most arduous training programs in the country.

The Firefighter Trainee program is eight weeks in duration; the Firefighter Recruit academy is 16 weeks.  Trainees and Recruits must be seated at their desk prepared for the day at 7:00 am. The Trainee Program and Recruit Academy typically run Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am. to 5:00 pm.

Trainees and recruits should be prepared for lectures, quizzes and examinations every day they come to class. Because the schedule is dynamic, all equipment, books and uniforms should be brought to work everyday regardless of the expected schedule.

The following is sample daily schedule. There are weeks when there will be more classroom time than drill ground time. The schedule is dynamic and will vary depending on the educational and training opportunities.


7:00  AM Roll Call
7:00 - 8:00 AM Housework and Appratus Checks
8:00 - 9:00 AM Written Examination
9:00 - 10:00 AM Physical Training & Conditioning
10:00 - 12:00 PM Drill Ground Skills & Evolutions or Classroom Lecture
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch (Closed Campus. Recruits must bring a lunch/snack
1:00 - 4:00 PM Drill Ground Skills & Evolutions
4:00 - 5:00 PM Housework
5:00 PM Trainees & Recruits Dismissed