On the evening of January 14th, Portland Fire’s Station 7 was buzzing not with the sounds of alarm bells, but with the laughter and chatter of small children. Led by B-shift Lieutenant Shon Christensen, this station tour was just one of many outreach events that Station 7 holds for the families and children in the neighborhood it serves. On this particular night, they hosted over 30 students, parents, and a translator from Mt. Hood Community College’s Head Start Program.
After talking with the kids and families through a translator about what to do in an emergency, demonstrating their turnout gear and air bottles, and letting kids crawl through the cab of Engine 7, the kids moved on for popcorn and a fire safety video in Station 7’s family room before heading home for the night.
Just minutes after the last child left, the alarm sounded and Truck 7 was on its way to a commercial fire on Airport Way - all in a night’s work for the men and women of Station 7.