Multnomah County Fire & EMS Guide


Agencies: Portland Fire Bureau, Gresham Fire & Emergency Services, American Medical Response, Port of Portland Fire, Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection Districts (Corbett and Sauvie Island).



Unit Identifiers


Fire & EMS units are identified by a unit type and a unit number (station number for fire units).

Unit types are as follows:

  • Engine - Fire apparatus with onboard water supply, 3 to 4 crew. Most common.

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Portland Fire Bureau Engine 4 (image from PFB online).

  • Truck - Fire apparatus without onboard water supply, larger than an engine, with ladders and tools.

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Portland Fire Bureau Truck 4 (image from PFB online).

  • Squad - Specialty fire apparatus with heavy/special rescue equipment onboard. Only one in Multnomah Co., PFB Squad 1.
  • Rescue - Ambulance-style fire apparatus, generally used for medical responses or extra personnel.
  • Medic - AMR paramedic ambulance.
  • Chief - Battalion chief, usually identified as "C[number]" on radio.

Unit numbers are as follows:

Fire

Fire units are designated by station number (i.e., Truck 1 is from Station 1). Every station has at least an engine.

Portland Fire Bureau

  • Station 01 - Downtown Core - 55 SW Ash Street
    • Engine 1 / Truck 1 / Squad 1 / Dive Van 1 / Trench Van 1 / C102/103/104/etc
  • Station 02 - Parkrose/Portland Airport - 4800 NE 122nd Avenue
    • Engine 2 / Truck 2
  • Station 03 - Northwest Pearl District - 1715 NW Johnson Street
    • Engine 3 / Truck 3
  • Station 04 - Portland State University - 511 SW College Street
    • Engine 4 / Truck 4
  • Station 05 - Hillsdale - 1505 SW DeWitt Street
    • Engine 5
  • Station 06 - NW Industrial - 3660 NW Front Avenue
    • Engine 6 / Fireboat 6 / Rescue Boat 6
  • Station 07 - Mill Park - 1500 SE 122nd Avenue (ex-41)
    • Engine 7 / Truck 7 / Rescue 7 / HazMat 7 / Decon 7 / C3
  • Station 08 - Kenton - 7134 N Maryland Avenue
    • Engine 8
  • Station 09 - Hawthorne - 1706 SE 39th Avenue
    • Engine 9
  • Station 10 - Burlingame - 451 SW Taylors Ferry Road
    • Engine 10 / Water Tender 10 / Air Unit 10
  • Station 11 - Lents - 5707 SE 92nd Avenue
    • Engine 11
  • Station 12 - Sumner - 8645 NE Sandy Blvd.
    • Engine 12
  • Station 13 - Lloyd Center - 926 NE Wiedler Street
    • Engine 13 / Truck 13
  • Station 14 - Vernon - 1905 NE Killingsworth Street
    • Engine 14
  • Station 15 - Southwest Hills - 1920 SW Spring
    • Engine 15
  • Station 16 - Sylvan - 1715 SW Skyline
    • Engine 16 / Urban Interface 16
  • Station 17 - Hayden Island - 848 N Tomahawk Drive
    • Engine 17 / Fireboat 17 / Rescue Boat 17
  • Station 18 - Multnomah Village - 8720 SW 30th Avenue
    • Engine 18 / Brush 18
  • Station 19 - Mt. Tabor - 7301 E Burnside Street
    • Engine 19
  • Station 20 - Sellwood/Moreland - 2235 SE Bybee Street
    • Engine 20 / Urban Interface 20
  • Station 22 - St. Johns - 7205 N Alta Street
    • Engine 22 / Truck 22 / Brush 22 / Utility 22 / Rescue Boat 22 / ATVs
  • Station 23 - Lower Eastside - 2915 SE 13th Place
    • Engine 23 / C4
  • Station 24 - Swan Island - 4515 N Maryland
    • Engine 24 / Squad 24 / C2
  • Station 25 - Woodstock - 5211 SE Mall Street
    • Engine 25 / Truck 25
  • Station 26 - University of Portland - 5247 N Lombard Street
    • Engine 26 / Air Unit 8
  • Station 28 - Rose City - 5540 NE Sandy Boulevard
    • Engine 28 / Air Unit 28
  • Station 29 - Gilbert Fire Station - 13310 SE Foster Road (ex-42)
    • Engine 29 / Brush 29
  • Station 43 - Gateway - 13313 NE San Rafeal Street
    • Engine 43 / Brush 43

Portland Fire Bureau-Gresham Fire & Emergency Services Joint Stations

  • Station 45 - Rockwood - 1927 SE 174th Street

Station 45 is right at the boundary between Portland and Gresham, and is staffed under an agreement between the two agencies. A Gresham engine staffs the station January through May, and a Portland engine staffs the station June through December.

Gresham Fire & Emergency Services

  • Station 71 - City Hall - 1331 NW Eastman Parkway
  • Station 72 - East Gresham - 500 NE Kane Road
  • Station 73 - Southwest Gresham - 2301 SW Pleasant View Road
  • Station 74 - Northwest Gresham - 1520 NE 192nd Ave
  • Station 75 - Northeast Gresham - 600 Cherry Park Road
  • Station 76 - Southeast Gresham - 7144 SE 302nd Ave

Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District #30 - Sauvie Island

  • District 30 - Sauvie Island

Total Sauvie Island apparatus: 3 Engines, 2 Water Tenders, 1 Brush Truck, 1 Rescue

Multnomah County Rural Fire Protection District #14 - Corbett

  • Station 62 - Corbett
  • Station 61 - Springdale
  • Station 63 - Aims

Total Corbett apparatus: 3 Engines, 2 Water Tenders, 2 Brush Trucks, 1 Rescue, 1 Squad & 1 Boat (raft).


Port of Portland

  • Station 800 - Portland Airport

Port apparatus:
C800 - Command Vehicle
Truck 811 / 815 / 816 / 817 / 818 - Crash Rescue Trucks
Boat 860 - Rescue Boat
Rescue 880 - ALS Rescue
Squad 881 - MCI Response Vehicle
Engine 890 - Structural engine

EMS

American Medical Response

AMR medic units run from 301 to 337. 200-series AMR units are Clackamas County; some can be shifted into Multnomah County as system levels require. 340-series AMR units are BLS ambulances that do not respond to 911 calls. 350-series are Critical Care Transport units. 390-series AMR units are supervisors. Medic 1000 is AMR's bariatric (obese patient) unit.



Dispatch Codes


Fire
Fire responses are dispatched descriptively; e.g., "house fire," "water problem," "wires down."

EMS
EMS responses are dispatched with type codes after dispatcher triage. The type codes consist of two letters (the type) followed by a number (the priority). Occasionally the number will be followed by a modifier.

Type Codes ( adapted from JoeScanner and other sources)
AB - Abdominal Complaints
  • AB3 only
AL - Allergies / Hives / Medicine Reaction
  • AL3 only
AN - Animal Bites
  • AN3 only
AS - Assault / Rape / GSW / Stabbing
  • AS3 - any simple assualt
  • AS1 - shooting, stabbing, or rape
BE - Behavior Problem
  • BE3 only
BK - Back Pain
  • BK3 only
BL - Bleeding
  • BL3 only
BR - Breathing Difficulties / Choking
  • BR1 only
BU - Burns
  • BU3 only (?)
CH - Chest Pains / Heart Problem / Heart Attack
  • CH1 only
DI - Diabetic Problem
  • DI3 only
DR - Drowning
  • DR1 only
EL - Electrocution
  • EL3 only (?)
EY - Eye Problems
  • EY3 only
FA - Fall - No longer used, coded as TR3
HE - Headache
  • HE3 only
HC - Hot / Cold
  • HC3 only
IN - Inhalation Poisoning / HazMat Incident - unknown if used, never heard
MN - Man Down - No longer used
OB - Pregnancy / Childbirth / Miscarriage
OD - Overdose / Poisoning / Ingestion
SK - Sick Person / Chronic Illness
ST- Stroke
SZ - Seizure / Convulsions
TA - Traffic Accident
  • TA1 - Traffic accident with injuries
  • TA1R - Rollover accident
  • TA1P - Pin-in accident (additional resources dispatched)
TR - Traumatic Injury, Specific / Industrial/Machinery Accident
  • TR1 - Serious traumatic injury (fall from building, crushed by machinery)
  • TR3 - Minor traumatic injury (fall from standing,
TZ - Taser Deployment
  • TZ3 - Tasered subject
UK - Unknown Problem
  • UK3 only
UN - Unconscious / Fainting
  • UN1 - Unconscious, not breathing or abnormal breathing
  • UN3 - Unconscious, breathing normally

Priority Codes
XX1 - Code 3 Fire / Code 3 EMS
XX3 - Code 3 Fire / Code 3 EMS
XX4 - No fire / Code 3 EMS (usually for responses to locations with a doctor on-scene)
XX8 - No fire / Code 1 EMS
XX9 - Fire only to check (can be code 1 or code 3)

NOTE: The distinction between an XX1 and XX3 response seems somewhat arbitrary. Generally XX1 calls are more serious, but in many cases a type code will only be dispatched as XX1 or XX3. For example, one will only hear CH1, BR1, and TA1 calls, and likewise only AB3 and SK3 calls. Notable distinctions between XX1 and XX3 calls:

  • UN3 is an unconscious w/o other problems. UN1 is an unconscious/not breathing (this is how cardiac arrest calls come out).
  • AS3 is a general assualt. AS1 is a shooting, stabbing, or rape.
  • TR3 is a traumatic injury to a non-critical area. TR1 is critical area or multi-system trauma.

Modifier Codes
DR1R Drowning in the river
TA1P Traffic accident with patients pinned inside vehicle
TA1R Rollover accident



Dispatch Standards


Fires
  • A Portland box alarm consists of: 4 engines, 1 or 2 trucks, the squad (sometimes), and 2 chiefs. Variations are usually between commercial (more responders) and residential (fewer responders). Medic units do not respond standard on a box (unlike TVF&R, for example).

Other Incidents

  • A standard EMS run is an ambulance and a fire unit (engine, truck, squad, or rescue).
  • A TA1 Pin-in or Rollover is an ambulance, two engines, a truck, and a chief.
  • A river incident is a complex dispatch. Usually the closest engine and truck respond, plus Squad 1 and Dive Van 1, a chief, and an ambulance. In addition, engine and truck companies from around the city with on-duty divers will respond.

Talkgroups

The Multnomah County Fire Dispatch talkgroup (commonly known as "Tapout") is used only for dispatches and for units to place themselves back in-service. All responses work on one of the Ops talkgroups. They are utilized as follows:

OPS 1 - All EMS runs and minor/routine fire calls (anything with only one or two units responding)
OPS 2 - Second channel for fires in Portland.
OPS 3 - First channel for fires in Portland.
OPS 4 - Fires in Gresham.
OPS 5 - Corbett, Sauvie Island, and river rescue incidents.
OPS 6 - Major MVAs.

Higher-numbered Ops talkgroups are used for training.