How can I apply to become a volunteer firefighter?
City residency is required, but experience is not - training will be provided. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, fill out the Volunteer Firefighter Application, print it out and mail or submit the application to the Hillsboro Main Fire Station, 240 S First Ave., Hillsboro OR 97123. The Training Division will contact each person for an interview. After the interview, each applicant will be notified of the disposition of their application. Anyone selected as a volunteer firefighter will be sent to 6-8 weeks of training before becoming a volunteer firefighter.
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.
Does Hillsboro Fire Department issue permits?
Yes, call Fire Prevention at (503) 681-6166 for permits.
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.