Last Thursday, Senator Ron Wyden, his wife Nancy, and their twins visited Portland Fire Station 1 (Old Town) to learn more about what life at an active fire station is like. After being introduced to the firefighters that were on shift that day the Wyden family got a tour of all the specialty apparatus and fire apparatus housed at Station 1. Part way through the tour, Engine 1 responded to a call, so the family got to see our firefighters spring into action and respond to the emergency.
When Engine 1 returned Firefighter Michael showed the children the gear that firefighters wear to go into a burning structure, and described how it works.
After finishing up the tour, Deputy Chief Nohr answered some questions that the family had about the fire service and Portland Fire & Rescue. Then the Senator helped his children get the hang of taking a short trip down the fire pole. There are a total three fire poles in Station 1 that allow firefighters to get from their living quarters on the second floor to the first floor quickly.
The members of Station 1 appreciate the opportunity to showcase their station to the Senator and his family and hope they enjoyed their time learning more about Portland Fire & Rescue. Thank you Wyden Family!