On-duty Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters from Portland Hillsdale Fire Station 5 and Sylan Fire Station 16 took the night off from cooking dinner as a crew and broke bread with members of their community at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church Spaghetti Feed this past Sunday night.
Battalion Chief Scott Beyers, Station 5 Lieutenant Phil and Firefighters Colin, Sean and Brian and Station 16 Lieutenant Dave and Firefighters Bozeb, Travis and Sarah arrived hungry with donations in-hand. Volunteers from the church and surrounding community served heaping plates full of mouth watering spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread.
Proceeds raised at the feed will benefit the St. Thomas More Elementary School.
Firefighters attend these events in their fire management areas or FMAs to support local causes as well as to get to know the community members that they serve.
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To ensure the most effective service at the time of an emergency, PF&R firefighters must remain in their designated response territory with their fire trucks and engines during their entire shift. PF&R firefighters work 24-hour shifts with no scheduled breaks, and meals are not provided by the City the Portland. Personnel on each shift must purchase their own food and prepare their own meals, so they usually make a daily trip to the grocery store within their territories to buy whatever they need to prepare their meals for the entire shift.
Firefighters can be dispatched a call even when they are away from their fire station. Since all PF&R firefighting crews maintain constant radio contact with the Bureau of Emergency Communications (9-1-1) and the entire crew must always be together with their engine or truck, they are always ready to respond to any emergency, regardless of their current location or non-emergency assignment.
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