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Burn Ban Issued for Multnomah County Starting Friday July 24, 2020

The burn ban has been issued due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall, and on-going dry conditions.

Multnomah Fire Defense Board Chief Scott Lewis has issued an outdoor burn ban effective immediately on July 24, 2020 in all areas of Multnomah County.

This burn ban remains in effect until there is another post stating that is has been lifted.

A burn ban is issued due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall, and on-going dry conditions.  

The burn ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice.

Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed; however, residents should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least ten feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.

Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.

Those living in wildland interface areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.

Portland Fire & Rescue created a video that explains the burn ban and you can see the video here:

2020 Virtual Portland Metro Fire Camp for Young Women

Due to COVID-19, this summer's in-person fire camp has been canceled, but you can still take part in the experience at home.

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Unfortunately, the 2020 Portland Metro Fire Camp for Young Women had to be canceled due to health concerns in the wake of the COVID-19 virus.

Women firefighters across the region have come together at Portland Fire & Rescue's training grounds for over 10 years (and more recently at Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue facilities as well) to give hands-on instruction that shows campers what a career in the fire service is all about. These instructors are disappointed not to be able to lead campers in person, but they have gathered together to create a virtual camp for prospective firefighters to use to learn about firefighting drills, ancillary career choices, station life, exercise routines, and more.

Please use and share with any future firefighters in your life.


An Open Message from Chief Boone to Portland Fire & Rescue Crews and Public Safety Teams

Fire Chief Sara Boone speaking at podiumLast night, the City of Portland saw unrest unlike any I have experienced in my lifetime in this city. Portland Fire & Rescue was put to the test in a night full of emergency calls. I want to personally thank every member of Portland Fire & Rescue, including the Rapid Response Team, for their dedication, compassion, professionalism, and courage on every call. I am humbled by your continuous commitment to all communities that make up Portland and I feel these words fall short of how proud I am of the firefighters who braved the frontlines last night. 

When I became Chief of Portland Fire & Rescue, I made a promise to your loved ones that I would do everything within my power to ensure your safe return to the station and then back to the place you call home. But, I cannot fulfill that promise alone. Your dedication, your training, and your ability to make critical decisions brought you home safely to your loved ones by this morning. 

Last night, this city’s public safety teams worked together to back each other up and support the security of our community.From the 9-1-1 dispatchers at the Bureau of Emergency Communication who managed high-call volumes with technical expertise to the Portland Police Bureau teams that ensured our safety as we fought fires and attended to medical emergencies, I offer my heartfelt gratitude.

When I was sworn in less than a year ago, I could have never predicted what lay before us all in 2020. Although I couldn’t see what challenges we had before us, I had unwavering faith in the skill and commitment of the public safety professionals I have worked with side-by-side for my entire career.

I saw the best of our public safety professionals last night and I could not be prouder to put on my uniform again today. Thank you all for your exceptional service to the community.

Chief Sara Boone 

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Meds on Wheels Program Goes Live

This innovative assistance program will help some of our most vulnerable community members during a time of crisis.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), in partnership with Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services is going live with an innovative assistance program to help some of our most vulnerable community members during a time of crisis.

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Meds on Wheels outreach program is designed to offer community members within the City of Portland a prescription pick-up and delivery service of vital, life sustaining medications. The program is specifically geared toward community members 65 and older and those individuals with disabilities who desperately need life sustaining medications from a pharmacy but leaving their home poses a substantial risk to their health and the health of the community.

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Meds on Wheels program will be available to Portlanders during the time period of Governor Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives executive order.

Details of the program:

  • Portland Fire & Rescue will deploy the Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) for this initiative. The team will pick up and deliver medications using proper PPE and social distancing. The team will also engage and encourage this population who may be lonely, fearful and isolated. The team will also deliver a community resource flyer that lists places the community member could call for help with basic needs during this citywide state of emergency.

  • Referral line number: (971) 288-7687

  • Updated hours of operation- 9am-3pm, Tuesday - Thursday.

 Program Criteria:

  • Vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19.

  • 65 years of age and have a life threatening pre-existing medical condition.

  • Disabled community member unable to leave house.

  • Community members with no other means of obtaining prescriptions. (If family members can pick-up and drop off prescription, please use available resources.)

  • Critical, chronic health-related prescription medication only.

  • Referral line number: (971) 288-7687