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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Office of the Chief



The Office of the Chief provides overall direction and management of PF&R. The Chief ensures that PF&R complies with Federal, State, and local regulations in the areas of fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, investigation, and disaster mitigation. Additional functions include Equity & Outreach, Human Resources, and Employee Assistance.

Equity and Communications
The Equity Manager and Communications Team direct equity efforts, public education programs, community outreach, and media relations for PF&R. The group runs the bureau's equity program, provides strategic support to core leadership, manages the PF&R website, and coordinates educational events and campaigns. Through news releases, social media, and traditional media outlets, the outreach team communicates emergency response information and relevant safety messages to the public.

Human Resources
Human Resources oversees employee selection and retention, the labor/management committee, labor relations, diversity development, affirmative action, legislative analysis, performance management, records retention, and workforce planning.

Employee Assistance Program
This program provides support for human resources, specializing in confidential counseling to help firefighters and all staff deal with the immediate and long-term emotional impact of the emergencies they encounter in the line of duty.

Contact Interim Chief Ryan Gillespie at