Portland Fire & Rescue's Meds on Wheels Program Goes Live

Portland Fire and Rescue
Portland Fire and Rescue

April 13, 2020 20:00


Portland Fire & Rescue’s Meds on Wheels Program Goes Live


Media is invited to a press conference to learn about this innovative program.

When: 9am Tuesday April 14, 2020

Where: Portland Fire Station 1, 55 Ash St. 97205, Parking lot on rear side of building,



  • Watch the video, streaming live on a media pool video.  
  • Media access to ask a question through Microsoft Teams (please log on 15-20min early for instructions)

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 971-323-0035   United States, Portland (Toll) Conference ID: 269 396 105#

Or questions by email: dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov  

Who: Portland Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Sara Boone, Interim Director Multco Human Services Mohammed Bader, Lisa Reslock RN, BSN, FF/EMT Care Coordinator CHAT program

*ASL  interpreters will be present, captioning will be provided ASAP following the press conference.


About Portland Fire & Rescue’s Meds on Wheels Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), in partnership with Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services is going live with an innovative assistance program to help some of our most vulnerable community members during a time of crisis.

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Meds on Wheels outreach program is designed to offer community members within the City of Portland a prescription pick-up and delivery service of vital, life sustaining medications. The program is specifically geared toward community members 65 and older and those individuals with disabilities who desperately need life sustaining medications from a pharmacy but leaving their home poses a substantial risk to their health and the health of the community.

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Meds on Wheels program (media: please use “Portland Fire & Rescue” when using the term “Meds on Wheels” as there is program in Canada with the same name) will be available to Portlanders during the time period of Governor Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives executive order.

Details of the program:

  • Portland Fire & Rescue will deploy the Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) for this initiative. The team will pick up and deliver medications using proper PPE and social distancing. The team will also engage and encourage this population who may be lonely, fearful and isolated. The team will also deliver a community resource flyer that lists places the community member could call for help with basic needs during this citywide state of emergency.
  • Referral line number: (971) 288-7687
  • Hours of operation- 9am-3pm, Monday - Friday.


Program Criteria:

  • Vulnerable to the effects of Covid-19.
  • 65 years of age and have a life threatening pre-existing medical condition.
  • Disabled community member unable to leave house.
  • Community members with no other means of obtaining prescriptions. (If family members can pick-up and drop off prescription, please use available resources.)
  • Critical, chronic health-related prescription medication only.
  • Furthrer info..Referral line number: (971) 288-7687,  https://twitter.com/PDXFire  and https://www.facebook.com/PortlandFire


***Media with additional questions should contact Lt. Rich Chatman 503-260-9252 or Dylan Rivera 503-577-7534.