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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Frequently Asked Questions - Quick Answers and Contact Information



Find out answers below to frequently asked questions about swimming pools, burning regulations, child safety seats, cats in trees, touring fire stations, smoke alarms, blood pressure checks, and copies of reports:


Will PF&R fill my swimming pool?

Portland Fire and Rescue (PF&R) does not fill swimming pools and the Portland Water Bureau will not issue hydrant permits for this purpose. 

What are the outdoor burning regulations for City of Portland?

Limited outdoor burning is allowed within city limits. This includes:

  • Cooking with standard barbecue equipment.
  • Ceremonial fires for large gatherings or institutions, when a permit from the Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) is obtained. Written authorization from the Property Owner is required. This authorization needs to be signed, dated, and presented when applying for the permit.  Contact PF&R’s Permit Desk at (503) 823-3712 for further information.
  • Recreational fires defined as; burning clean, dry, cord type firewood as in a standard campfire type setting. When burning a fire of this type, you must build the fire in a pit or pan prepared for this purpose. The fire must not be larger than a standard campfire, less than 3 feet in diameter, with pile less than 2 feet in height.These recreational files shall be no closer than 25 feet from a structure, this includes decks. In addition, a capable and responsible person should be in attendance at all times with a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or water bucket easily accessible.

You can find the City’s guidelines – including definitions of fire types – at  If you have any questions about burning regulations, please call (503) 823-3700 and ask to speak with the on-duty senior fire inspector.

Can PF&R install child safety seats? 

The requirements to be a car seat installation technician are very involved.  Portland Fire & Rescue does not have staff trained to this level.  Contact the Child Safety Seat Resource Center for assistance and/or a full list of car seat check clinics.  They can be reached at (503) 643-5620 or visit them online at Additionally, some automobile dealerships report that they provide installation services for their customers.

Does PF&R assist with getting cats out of trees?

PF&R is not able to assist with this service. Please visit the Oregon Humane Societies Animal Rescue Service website at or call (503) 802-6707. You can also view their Cat in a Tree Info Sheet here!

How do I schedule a tour of the fire station? 

All 30 Portland fire stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Guests are welcome at our stations by appointment most days at 10:30 am or 1:30 pm.  Please use our online forms at to request a fire station tour, a visit by a fire station, or a tour of our Historic Belmont Firehouse & Safety Learning Center at SE 35th & Belmont.

Upon receipt of your request, a Tour Coordinator or Station Captain will contact you by phone and/or e-mail to confirm your request. Please call us with questions at 503-823-3741.

Activities are planned based on the age and skill level of the audience. We look forward to your visit!


Does PF&R give away, or install smoke alarms? 

PF&F does have smoke alarms available for installation. To learn more call the smoke alarm hotline at (503) 823-3700.

Can I get my blood pressure checked at a fire station?  

Yes, you can stop by any fire station and get your blood pressure checked as long is the crew is available. Keep in mind that due to the nature of emergency services the crew might have to leave unexpectedly to go on an emergency call. Please be courteous and cooperative if you desire this service.

How do I obtain a copy of a report?

To obtain a copy of either a fire report or emergency medical service patient report, please visit the Public Records Request page at


  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  August 27, 2010


Add a Comment


Julia Peralta

September 29, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Hello there,
Im interested in the Firefighter Trainee Program. I would like to apply to it but don't know where on your website to find the application i must take or link i must click. Please email me back with the information I need in order to complete this step. Thank you and waiting for your reply.

Julia Peralta


terrell bates

November 1, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Hello there,
Im interested in the Firefighter Trainee Program. I would like to apply to it but don't know where on your website to find the application i must take or link i must click. Please email me back with the information I need in order to complete this step. Thank you and waiting for your reply.


Charlotte Potts-Taylor

December 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Are fire extinguisher required to be installed at apartment buildings? On the outside or common dwellings?


Brad Smedley

February 1, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I am a firefighter in VA and will be visiting Portland the first week of March. I would like to stop by and get a tour of one of your city's fire stations. Nothing major, just talk with a few of the guys, check out an engine/truck and maybe get my picture taken beside one of the apparatus. Do I need to schedule this or can I just stop in? Also, if any of the guys or stations do "patch trades" I'll be sure to have some on hand.
Brad Smedley
Manassas Fire and Rescue


Nathan Avenetti

February 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

I was wondering how long the wait list is to apply/tryout for the Firefighter Trainee Program, and also if you have any suggestions on how to prepare for the program?

Thank you for your time

Nathan Avenetti


David Kobbeman

March 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM

What size of fire extinguisher and what type is required in an apartment building? It is a ten seperate buildings each containing eight units. The entry ways of all residences are outside. Four units upstairs and four downstairs. Is there a rule of thumb for how many extinguishers are required for what size of building?



Dr. YuLong Moy

March 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Hello, wonderful Firefighters. One of my ER nurses and I are moving from Orlando,Fl to Portland April 28 of this year and are driving ourselves out. We will probably rent a condo or apt. in downtown. Having been a professor and lead A & P instructor at one of the colleges here, I would feel safer hiring off duty firefighters to unload 5 large furniture pieces included in a 2 BR, LR DR move. Do any of you know of co-workers who unload moves on the side? We are both female and cannot handle offloading the large furniture. Of course, I'd pay the going rate per hour. If you do know of FF's who do this, please email me at Thank you and run safely. Dr.Moy


Eric Vargas

May 27, 2011 at 10:57 AM


I was wondering if PF&R did any demos or training in how to use fire extinguishers and other important information during an emergency. Would there be any cost associated with this type of service? Thanks!


Tabor cook

September 5, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I have a alrge 5 burner element propane gas grill. Yesterday eveing, there was a fire under the elements, apparently residual grease that caught fire, which started while I was preheating the grill. After establishing that the fire was contained to the inside of the grill itself, I promptly removed the propane tank and then doused it with baking soda. My question is- once cleaned, can this grill be safely used again? It is 3 years old, and I have never had this issue before. Thanks!


Peggy Hooper

February 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I recently received a email saying that egg white
contains a healing component for burna and that the fire dept is now beginning to use it to treat burn victims I wonder if this is a true statement and should it be used this way or not
Will it do harm instead of good thank you for your answer



June 5, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I am wondering who I could contact about getting information for a store to use safer practices when using gas powered equipment in enclosed spaces.

During the morning a store that I frequent has over powering gas fumes entering the store. To the point of causing physical illness. Gas fumes are coming from a gas powered blower. I'm sure the carbon monoxide levels are off the charts during the few minutes this is used in the entrance way of the store. Not to mention the produce and other foods being affected in the enclosed space. I am concerned for myself and others safety.


Marsha Robideau

May 26, 2018 at 11:22 AM

I live in a HUD building and we were notified may 22 that if we live on the forth floor or lower we are emergency exits and cannot obstruct windows with air conditioners. Does this apply to all buildings or just HUD buildings? Do you understand that our windows are 44 inches high and most people are elderly or disabled or both? Heat can have a negative impact on the elderly.


Bill Gentile

May 26, 2018 at 1:07 PM

I live in the same building as Marsha Robideau and am very concerned that the new restrictions the Fire Marshall has put on our building, Rose Schnitzer Tower, will negatively impact the health of us older adults. I would appreciate the Fire Marshall or their designated representative to come to the building and evaluate the situation more thoroughly as I don't think they understand that even having windows designated as a safety exit makes no sense. All our windows are so high that no one can get up to them or get out of them. Many of us have spinal problems and mobility issues which really prevent us from getting to the window and the window isn't large enough for us to exit even if we did get there. Also, there are parts of the building where no ladders can reach us. Air conditioning is a real necessity for some of us. COPD, migraine headaches, and so forth, really make it necessary to have air conditioning. We have sliding glass doors for exit onto the same balcony as the windows. There is no difference. Thank you for your consideration.

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