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Fire & Rescue

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Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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The Fire's Been Extinguished - Why are Portland Firefighters Still Here?


The job of a Portland firefighter includes protecting life and property by combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires. Work involves training for and participating in fire fighting duties, providing emergency care for sick and injured persons, and fire prevention.

Portland firefighters are extremely capable of successfully performing their job duties.  One of their many job duties rarely highlighted in the news but an integral part of securing a fire scene nonetheless is what we call “overhaul.”

Overhaul refers to a number of activities in a commercial or residential structure AFTER a fire takes place and is extinguished.  Overhaul is the final phase of firefighting that involves searching out and extinguishing hidden fire, preserving evidence, and most importantly restoring the premises to a secure state at the end of a firefighting operation.

Why should overhaul activities be important to you?  Portland Fire & Rescue prides itself in providing efficient, compassionate service when you need it the most. By investigating the cause of the fire, we will help determine how to prevent the same thing from happening again to you and your neighbors.  By extinguishing all of the 'hot spots' and removing dangerous, off-gassing debris, we are allowing you to begin the process of restoring your home to a healthy and livable condition.  Simply extinguishing the fire and leaving you with a mess is unacceptable to us.  We try to treat your home like we would our own.

February 16, 2010


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