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Mt. Tabor Firefighters Teach Young Students Important Life Saving Skills


Firefigher Rob explains how a mask helps firefighters to breathe clean air during a fire

April 6, 2012 -- On Wednesday afternoon, firefighters from Portland Fire & Rescue’s Station 19 (Mt.Tabor) welcomed 19 kindergarten students from Vestal Elementary School into their station for a tour and safety talk.

Firefighters Rob Root, Casey Ray, Chris Foster, and Jon Harrell walked the students around the entire station, showing where the engine and rescue are housed and where the firefighters exercise, sleep, complete paperwork and reports, and cook and eat healthy meals.

Firefighter Rob teaches kindergartens to "get low and go"

The tour then gathered in the apparatus bay of the station for a fire safety discussion.  Students were taught by Firefighter Rob how to quickly drop to the floor and crawl to safety if smoke is present.  Firefighter Casey then donned full turnouts to show students that although the firefighter may look scary in their firefighter suit, it’s important not to hide from a firefighter during an emergency situation.

Firefighter Casey shows students what gear firefighters wear to keep protected

Much to their excitement, the kinders were finally treated to a tour of the engine and rescue. Firefighter Rob explained that engines carry water, that firefighters use hoses to spray water on the fire, and showed the students the tools commonly used to fight fires.

A big thanks for visiting goes out to the kindergarten students from Vestal Elementary School!

Photos are courtesy of Firefighter Jon Harrell.

Further Information on Requesting a Station Tour

All 30 Portlandfire 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 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. Activities are planned based on the age and skill level of the audience. We look forward to your visit!

Questions about tours? Contact us at (503) 823-3741.


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