55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204
KARI SCHIMEL, FIRE MARSHAL
The goal of the Prevention Division is to save lives, property, and the environment by preventing fires before they start, and to identify the cause and origin of fires. Under the direction of the Fire Marshal, the Prevention Division works to reduce the frequency and severity of fires and other life-safety incidents through a multi-disciplinary approach that includes education, engineering, and enforcement. As an "exempt" jurisdiction, PF&R’s Prevention Division is responsible for most work typically performed by the Oregon State Fire Marshal. Sections within Prevention include:
Plans Review and Permitting
This group performs plans review, where construction and development plans are evaluated for compliance with fire and life safety codes. Inspector specialists also issue permits and provide inspections for short-term, event-driven activities, and other high-risk activities.
The Code Enforcement section identifies and abates fire hazards in commercial buildings, institutional occupancies such as schools and hospitals, multi-family housing of three or more units, and marine-related operations.
The Harbor Master provides inspection and oversight to the maritime industry, floating structures, and waterways. He/she supports the cruise ship industry and safe docking of visiting ships, regulates fireworks displays over the City’s waterways, conducts code enforcement inspections at moorages, and regulates the safe launch of all new barges and ships.
Fire and Arson Investigation
Cross-trained in law enforcement, members of this section save lives and property by determining the cause of fires, identifying arson situations, and helping to put dangerous criminals behind bars.
The Fire Marshal and management team provide direction and oversight for the Prevention Division.
Public Education and Communications
The Public Education and Communications Team direct public education programs, community outreach, and media relations for PF&R. The group provides strategic support to the Fire Marshal's Office and 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.
A special page for Lila, PF&R's arson dog