The Hillsboro Fire Department has a Volunteer Program called Fire Corps. Fire Corps volunteers assist with a variety of community outreach activities including public displays, smoke detector installation events, child safety seat clinics, public cpr classes and more! If you are interested in joining, please contact Catherine Amerson.
Does Hillsboro Fire Department issue permits?
Yes, call Fire Prevention at 503-681-6166 for permits.
There are two simple steps to remember when caring for your smoke alarms.
Check the battery in your smoke detector once a month.
Keep your smoke detectors clean.
Dust and debris can interfere with how smoke alarms work.
Regularly vacuum your detector to keep it working right.
What if I rent?
Your landlord is required by law to provide you with a working smoke alarm at the time you move in.
What If I can’t afford a smoke alarm?
The Hillsboro Fire Department can provide and install smoke alarms in homes for senior citizens, disabled persons, and people who are living on a low income. If you meet these requirements and are in need of a smoke alarm please call the Prevention Division at 503-681-6178 to make arrangements to have a smoke detector installed.
When do I need to replace my smoke detectors?
Smoke detectors should function properly for ten years, but after that time they should be replaced.
You may want to write the purchase date with a marker on the back of your smoke alarm. That way you will know when it should be replaced.
What if the alarm goes off while I am cooking?
Then it is doing its job. Simply press the silence button and clear the air by waving a towel near the alarm, if this happens frequently, you may want to move the smoke alarm to a new location.
Where do I install my smoke alarms?
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Since most fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning when the occupants are sleeping you should always install smoke detectors directly outside all sleeping areas. For extra safety, install smoke alarms inside bedrooms.
Smoke alarms are not hard to install. In most cases, all you will need is a screwdriver. Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
The chirping noise lets you know that the battery in your smoke alarm needs to be replaced.
Who should have smoke alarms?
Every home should have at least one smoke alarm. In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm can save lives. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm will provide early warning to your family and give you time to escape.
What should I do with a fire extinguisher that doesn't work?
If the extinguisher has a metal valve assembly, it can be recharged. You may find a company to to do that by looking in the Yellow Pages under Fire Extinguishers. Compare the price of recharging with the purchase of a comparable new extinguisher. If the extinguisher has a plastic valve and handle assembly, it must be recycled in the Metro Hazardous Household Recycling system.
Why do so many fire vehicles and firefighters respond to simple incidents?
Fire Department personnel are dispatched according to the information received by the 9-1-1 operator. In a fire, for instance, there are numerous tasks that must be done simultaneously in order to stop the fire quickly. These tasks include, fire attack, ventilation (which releases the hot, toxic gases in the structure), water supply, Rapid Intervention Team (which rescues an interior crew should they become entrapped), and command. If the incident truly is simple and does not require all of the resources originally dispatched, the first arriving crew can cancel the other responding units. Fire personnel respond as fast as we are allowed, prepared to encounter the worst. The winner in these situations will always be the citizen who needs help.
Then, why does the fire department come to medical emergencies if they do not transport?
Because fire stations are staffed 24 hours everyday and crews are within a 4-minute response area, we are able to quickly respond to all emergencies. All of our fire engines, trucks, and rescues are staffed by Emergency Medical Technicians and many have Paramedics on board. They can begin life-saving treatments and stabilize a patient often many minutes before an ambulance can arrive. When seconds count, count on your Fire Department!
Why do firefighters do what they do?
Because they like to and want to help others.
How do I find out if it is a burn day?
Outdoor burning inside the city limits is no longer allowed by city ordinance. See our Air Quality page for more information.
What number do I call if my neighbor is burning leaves and the smoke is bothering me?
Call (503) 629-0111. This is the non-emergency number for 9-1-1. Explain the situation and the location. The Fire Department will be called to investigate.
How do I get information on the Juvenile Firesetter Program?
Hillsboro Fire Department maintains an active intervention program for children who use fire. Contact Storm Smith at (503) 681-6166.
Where do I submit fire alarm or fire sprinkler plans for review?
Will a fire inspector come out and look at my woodstove?
The Fire Department does not inspect woodstoves. New installations of woodstoves require a permit from the Building Department, 150 East Main Street, Suite 250, call (503) 681-6145. Existing installations should have proof of a permit or written approval from the Building Department.
How do I schedule a fire truck, firefighters, or a speaker at an event?
Call the Prevention Education Office at least three week in advance at (503) 681-6178 to schedule your event.
How do I get my smoke alarm checked?
Call the Public Information Officer to schedule a free smoke alarm inspection (503) 681-6178.
How much does the Fire Department charge if they come to an emergency?
We do not charge for providing emergency services.
What do firefighters do everyday?
When firefighters are not helping people, they are busy in training, developing pre-fire plans and mapping the City, maintaining the station and apparatus, and working with the public. Unlike the "old days" firefighters are busy!
Does the fire department transport people to the hospital?
No, if you need to be transported to a hospital, a private ambulance service will transport you.