The moment you call 9-1-1, our job begins.
Whether it's a fire,
hazardous material incident, rescue situation, or natural disaster, we are trained and ready to respond. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue has approximately 300 career firefighters and 100 combat volunteers who handle over 32,000 incidents each year.
Because medical incidents constitute the highest percentage of our emergency calls, each of our firefighters is certified as a
paramedic or emergency medical technician (EMT). With over half of our firefighters certified as paramedic - the largest contingent in Oregon - TVF&R has at least one paramedic on every unit. This ensures that our community receives the highest level of emergency medical care within minutes.
TVF&R also handles incidents requiring specialized skills and equipment including hazardous materials incidents and specialty rescue. Our
Hazardous Materials Team is one of 14 teams throughout Oregon that responds to incidents involving dangerous chemicals or toxic materials. Our
Water Rescue Team responds to water emergencies including boaters in distress and trapped swimmers. Our
Technical Rescue Unit specializes in trench and confined space rescues, vehicle entrapments, rope rescue, and building collapse.
Constant drills and
training are fundamental to effective emergency response. Our demanding and comprehensive training program prepares our firefighters and paramedics to make critical decisions based on finely-honed skills and judgment. Modern technology enhances our ability to handle emergencies.
The most efficient and effective way to fight fire is to prevent it. Our
Fire Prevention staff works closely with builders and developers to help ensure the safest possible structures. Staff conduct inspections on existing buildings to make sure safety features are in place and ready to activate to slow a fire and facilitate a quick escape. We also work with businesses that manufacture, store, and use hazardous materials to ensure state and federal regulations are being met. When fires do occur, our
investigators determine the cause and origin.