Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) is working to prepare fire apparatus, equipment, personnel and stations for cold weather operations in anticipation of active weather this winter.
This month, PF&R’s Auto Shop has been busy installing studded tires on all front-line fire apparatus in order to improve tire-road friction in snow or ice conditions. Station captains have begun verifying the condition and fit of tire chains for all apparatus in their respective station. Repair and replacement equipment is being inventoried, so firefighters can repair broken cables and chains in the field or replace with spares if necessary. Firefighters are also monitoring their apparatus’ antifreeze quantity and foam tanks if applicable.
PF&R encourages citizens to ready for winter weather as well. Every resident and business should be prepared for the worst possible conditions and take heed of severe weather warnings. Please take the time now to familiarize yourself with the Public Alerts Website. It’s an easy way to get regional travel information, road conditions or road closures, and transit disruption information.
Portland Fire & Rescue