Station 16 is located at 1715 SW Skyline in Portland, Oregon.
Station 16 serves the Sylvan-Highlands Neighborhood Association. On-duty personnel include one company officer, two firefighters, and one firefighter paramedic. The apparatus at the station includes Engine 16 and Brush Unit 16.
Built in 2002 with funds from the General Obligation Bond, which was passed by voters in 1998 to seismically strengthen and rebuild fire stations in Portland, Station 16 is certified as an Energy Trust of Oregon building. In 2004, Station 16 became the first City of Portland building to integrate a photovoltaic system into their utilities, demonstrating that even critical function structures can make use of clean, renewable power.
The station has many green features including storm water planters, efficient irrigation, and solar powered lights in the parking lot. Firefighters at the station plant a garden each year and use the produce they grow in their daily meals. This summer they planted strawberries, which they are excited about harvesting next year.
Station 16’s Fire Management Area (FMA) is comprised of approximately 10 square miles and includes the Oregon Zoo and sections of Highway 26. The station’s fire management area also includes many large estates and unique properties. Portions of the area are considered wildland/urban interface areas. The geography includes steep hills, wooded areas, and areas with limited access.
This station works closely with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVF&R) and is the only station in Portland that is equipped with two tap-out/dispatch systems. Station 16 is dispatched by both Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) and Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA). The majority of Station 16’s calls are for medical-related emergencies and motor vehicle accidents along the highways in their area.
Another unique aspect about the station is that it is located at the highest elevation of all of Portland’s fire stations. During periods of inclement weather, firefighters at Station 16 have to chain the apparatus up more often than any other station. At times, firefighters will equip Brush Unit 16 with EMT supplies and use this smaller, more maneuverable apparatus for medical calls that require them to navigate large hills. The station is also equipped with a weather station that all Portland Fire stations have access to. This device measures a variety of weather variables including temperature, wind speed and direction, precipitation, and humidity.
Station 16 includes a community room that is available for various groups to meet in. Click here to learn about reserving and utilizing the community room. The station enjoys a close relationship with the local neighborhood association and firefighters are pleased to welcome community members into their station for meetings.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
November 2, 2010