Station 12 Firefighters & Portland Police Bureau Officers
On Tuesday, April 27th and on Saturday, May 1st, all 30 Portland Fire & Rescue fire stations hosted an open house for Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers and command staff. The goal of the “meet and greet” open house was two-fold, serving as a way to for the PPB personnel to visit stations within their districts or precincts and, more importantly, encouraging dialogue and face-to-face interaction between police officers and firefighters that work together everyday, especially at the street level.
During the afternoon on May 1st, police officers and firefighters sat around the kitchen table at Fire Station 12 in NE Portland to discuss each others’ roles and responsibilities at traffic accidents, structure fires, and other events around the city that require response from both police and fire personnel (see photo above).
Police officers and firefighters have training and expertise specific to their field of work. By offering and promoting opportunities for public safety personnel to gain a further understanding of one another’s responsibilities, police officers and firefighters can strengthen relationships, enhance communication, and better rely upon one another at emergency incidents throughout the city.
May 6, 2010