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Greetings from City of Hillsboro Fire Department Chief David Downey
Hello, Hillsboro neighbors -
I want to introduce myself and say thank you. Last month, I became the new Hillsboro Fire Department Chief, and I am both humbled by and grateful for the opportunity to serve you and the entire community.
Everyone I have met thus far has been very welcoming and encouraging, which my family and I greatly appreciate. After serving with the Albuquerque Fire Department for over 24 years, we are excited about becoming active members of the Hillsboro community.
Through our dedicated firefighters and staff, the Hillsboro Fire Department provides outstanding services for our residents and businesses. Community involvement and collaboration are critical to providing the most efficient and effective all-hazards emergency services. I hope to work throughout the community to continuously evaluate and improve fire, emergency medical, and emergency management services.
Educating the public about fire safety is another important part of the Hillsboro Fire Department’s mission, which is “Respond to the needs of the community while demonstrating professionalism and excellence in every aspect of our Fire Service Delivery System.”
We recently participated in Fire Prevention Week by emphasizing the theme, “Every Second Counts – Plan 2 Ways Out.” More than 70 percent of fire-related deaths and injuries occur in the home. Having working smoking detectors and planning two escapes routes out of your home can greatly improve your likelihood of surviving a house fire.
Creating a home fire escape plan is simple and can be a fun-filled learning activity with children. I encourage you to visit the Hillsboro Fire Department website at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Fire to find community risk-reduction resources, including a sample escape plan from the National Fire Protection Association.
Again, it’s my pleasure to work on your behalf, and our team at the Hillsboro Fire Department is here to serve!
Chief David Downey
Hillsboro Fire Department