June 16, 2014 20:10
Monday night from 6 pm until 7:30 pm, PF&R will be hosting a BBQ kick-off for its fireworks education campaign at Station 2, 4800 NE 122nd Avenue. The media is welcome to cover this event and talk to community members who will be helping with the campaign. PF&R Fire Chief Erin Janssens will start things off with a speech on the importance of fireworks safety and she will be available for interviews.
This year, volunteers who are part of Portland's Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) will assist in our annual Lower the Boom Illegal Fireworks campaign by canvassing communities to share information about fireworks safety. Members of PF&R, Portland Police Bureau, and other partners will be on hand to help distribute materials to the volunteers. Materials to be distributed are attached.
Portland's Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are Portland residents trained by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) and PF&R to keep themselves and their families safe following a major disaster. NETs are trained how to conduct search and rescue, perform medical triage, shut off utilities and educate others on how to be prepared. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/net to find out how to become a NET in your neighborhood.
Find out more about illegal fireworks here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/fireworks