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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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Remember to Pull Right for Lights and Sirens


Each day, Portland Fire & Rescue responds to hundreds of emergency calls. It is important that firefighters reach the site of the emergency quickly and efficiently because time that is lost on the way to an emergency could make a huge difference. When approaching an emergency vehicle, drivers should: 



  • Remain calm
  • Pull to the right as far as possible, and STOP!
  • Stay at least 500 feet behind emergency vehicles


  • Panic
  • Have loud music or other distractions in the car that prevent you from hearing sirens
  • Stop in the middle lane when there is room to pull right
  • Try to beat the emergency vehicle across an intersection

When you are approaching an emergency vehicle that is on scene, or has lights activated, remember to vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle and slow your speed.



   Portland Fire & Rescue

   We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

   November 11, 2010


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