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55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Division Spotlight - Training & Safety


 Training & Safety Division - 2009


The Training & Safety Division is responsible for PF&R’s training programs, research and development, and safety. The Training & Safety Division is managed by a Division Chief who reports directly to the Bureau Chief and is responsible for recruiting, the Trainee Program, the Recruit Academy, in-service training and Television Services.

This division is responsible for:

  • SAFETY—Emergency response personnel have been trained in many different areas, including injury prevention, dealing with difficult emergency scenes and wildland firefighting.   The Safety Section is managed by a Battalion Chief who is responsible for bureau-wide safety and loss control.
  • RECRUITING—Identifies and recruits qualified candidates through community outreach activities, such as attending local and regional job fairs, cultural events, and community service events.
  • IN-SERVICE TRAINING—Delivers ongoing fire-ground drilling, testing, and skills maintenance for firefighters on the line. In addition, Television Services allows in-service training to occur within the fire stations, while the crews remain in service.
  • TRAINING ACADEMY—Provides new recruits with knowledge and skills needed to perform their jobs safely. Successful recruits transition to an active fire station and receive supervised on-the-job experience.
  • FIREFIGHTER TRAINEE PROGRAM—Enhances workforce diversity. This program has been successful in recruiting underrepresented people.

In this month’s Division Spotlight, we are focusing on the Training and Safety Sections.  Firefighting is dangerous work and one of our guiding principles is that “everyone goes home safe”.  Training and Safety ensures that all firefighters have the knowledge, skills, and physical abilities to perform their jobs safely and effectively.  Live fire training is an example of just one of the many services Training and Safety provides to protect firefighters and ultimately the public.


On April 9th, Battalion Chief Jeff Bancroft, Training Captain Kyle Wochnick, and Training Lieutenant Jerry Bartolome organized and conducted a live fire exercise.  Using a vacant structure donated by the Reynolds School District at NE 148th & Sacramento, this scenario provided our firefighter recruits with a chance to make an entry on a real fire in a real house and see what it is like to extinguish an actual house fire.  Throughout the morning, firefighters practiced using various types of tools, used saws to cut vent holes in the roof, practiced firefighting techniques, and had the opportunity to light and extinguish different types of fires in a controlled setting.

In the words of Chief Safety Officer Jeff Bancroft, “As firefighters we firmly believe in training as realistically as possible – we train like our lives depend upon it because they do!”  Safer firefighters mean a safer public – and that’s really what the Training & Safety Division’s job is all about.


  Portland Fire & Rescue We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  June 10, 2010


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