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Annual Fire Truck Aerial Inspections Underway


Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) currently operates nine front-line fire trucks housed across the City of Portland at fire stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 13, 22, and 25. Fire trucks are a specialized aerial apparatus with ladders, used to gain access to fires occurring at height.  The trucks also have a pre-piped waterway running the length of the ladder to allow a stream of water to the firefighters at the top.





Truck 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 13, 22, and 25

On a yearly basis, the nine fire trucks respond to an average of 19% of all emergency calls within the City of Portland.  The busiest trucks include Truck 1 in SW Portland, Truck 3 in NW Portland, Truck 7 in SE Portland, and Truck 13 in NE Portland.

Truck 8 receives its annual aerial test at PF&R's Logistics Center at SE Milwaukie and Powell

During April, Emergency Vehicle Technicians (EVT) from PF&R’s Logistics Section are performing thorough test and inspections of all Portland fire truck’s aerial devices from the top of the aerial down through the chassis frame assembly.  The EVTs will look closely at the truck’s structure, observing the outriggers, chassis, pedestal, rotation bearing, turnable and boom structures, elbow area, platform, ladder and extension sections, tiller, and and waterway.


Prior to reporting to their scheduled aerial test, station personnel were required to verify the cleanliness and proper lubrication of the truck's aerial ladder

Functional and operational tests will also be carried out in order to demonstrate successful operation of all ladder controls, platform leveling mechanisms, aerial ladders, and elevating platforms. Load tests will also be performed on each aerial ladder and platform.

Properly maintained aerial devices, through the annual test and inspection program, are essential to the safe and economical operation of Portland Fire & Rescue. Firefighters depend on these units to perform structurally, mechanically, hydraulically, and functionally as intended.



  Portland Fire & Rescue 

  We Respond: Always Ready, Always There

  April 20, 2011 


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Jake Francis

July 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Just curious if you have a course during the winter months for ground ladder and aerial inspections.
If so; how much and do you receive a certificate of competentcy when completed and also what is the cost?
Also for the aerial inspectios - are they different for each manufacturer?
Thanks for your time
Jake Francis


Sandra R

September 20, 2011 at 9:10 AM

I am moving into one of the tallest buildings at Portland's waterfront. I wonder what is the tallest ladder available to PFDR? Is there fire drill/safety information available to citizens? Are there community preparedness meetings in the area? I will be at The Ardea, 3720 SW Bond Ave, 97239. Thank you!


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