During March and April 2011, all Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) fire stations will undergo an annual Chief’s Inspection. Each year, the Fire Chief partners with battalion chiefs to conduct a comprehensive inspection of each of the 30 fire stations, including the grounds, front-line apparatus, and firefighting, medical, and other specialized equipment. All items are checked for condition, functionality, and cleanliness.
Fire Chief John Klum inspects firefighting tools stored on Fire Engine 19.
The annual inspection process was established to ensure a state of emergency readiness, provide a clean and safe workplace, and promote professionalism in PF&R’s workplace.
Fire Chief John Klum inspects the firefighter's living space at Station 19.
PF&R staff highly values this tradition and the station personnel take great pride in preparing for the Chief’s inspection. Before the Fire Chief and battalion chief arrive, each station goes through a rigorous cleaning from top to bottom. All ceilings, walls, and floors are washed down, painted, and waxed to perfection. The apparatus go through a top to bottom cleansing as well.
Battalion Chief Bob Zavodsky inspects Fire Engine 19's drive train.
All tools are taken off the apparatus, cleaned, checked for operation, remarked, inventoried, and placed back in perfect order for the inspection. The Fire Chief and battalion chiefs inspect each tool for proper operation, cleanliness, and correct markings. No area is overlooked!
After the inspection is complete at Station 19, Fire Chief John Klum sits down for a
discussion with Lieutenant Steve and Firefighters Nate and Mel.
Each and every day, PF&R’s members work to guarantee that all apparatus and equipment is prepared to a high degree, functional, and ready for deployment. When you call 9-1-1, PF&R responds with crews that are exceptionally trained, equip, and prepared to handle any emergency. The Chief’s Inspections allow stations to demonstrate their preparedness.