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Firefighters Tour Building Marked "Unsafe" for Firefighting Personnel to Enter



Portland Fire & Rescue’s Operations Battalion Chief along with the Special Hazards Inspector are helping first in stations get acquainted with buildings deemed “unsafe” in their respective Fire Management Areas (FMA).

A building marked “unsafe” is due to their construction, use, state of maintenance or extraordinary hazards to emergency personnel.  An “unsafe building” will only be those that pose a threat to firefighters and members involved in an emergency response.

Recent firefighter injuries and deaths around the nation due to building collapse have made it a priority for Portland Fire & Rescue to identify these “unsafe” buildings.  Along with a thorough walk through, the buildings are marked with a large “U” to warn firefighters of the potential hazard. 


Engine 18, Engine 20, and Truck 4 toured a newly marked unsafe building in their FMA yesterday to get better acquainted with the hazards the building presents in case of a fire. 

Learn more about unsafe buildings from Fire Blog articles here and here.



  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  March 9, 2011 


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