There are five major divisions that make up the Lake Oswego Fire Department. Fire Operations, Fire Prevention, Fire Department Training, Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services.
Personnel assigned to the Operations Division provide a variety of services from four strategically located fire stations. Typical duties include fire suppression, emergency medical services, rope rescue, hazardous materials response, pre-fire planning, dive and boat rescue, structural collapse, smoke alarm installation, wildland interface firefighting, fire and life safety inspections, and community outreach.
The Prevention Division works in partnership with businesses, neighborhood associations, residents, and other City departments to address fire and life safety risks identified within the service area. Typical duties include enforcement of the State Fire Code, new construction plans review, fire cause investigation, home safety inspections, smoke alarm distribution, child car seat installations, and public education activities. Community training includes specialized training for residents including Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).
Fire Department Training
Fire training is responsible for providing the many hours of training our firefighters and medics are required to maintain and includes Fire Operations, Emergency Medical Services and Water Dive Rescue Training.
The Fire Department and City Manager's Office oversee the City's Emergency Management Program. This program is responsible for planning, preparing, and providing for the prevention, mitigation and management of emergencies or disasters that present a threat to the lives and property of citizens of Lake Oswego. This includes coordinating and facilitating emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.
On-going projects to strengthen the City's emergency management capabilities include updating the City's Emergency Operations Plan and Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. In addition, Emergency Management involves:
- CodeRED - Emergency Notification
- Preparedness Tips for Individuals and Businesses
- Important Phone Numbers
- Information regarding Flood Insurance
- Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Emergency Medical Services
Medical emergencies are a large portion of our call volume. The fire department responds as a Advanced Life Support (ALS) quick response unit together with American Medical Response (AMR) who is a private ambulance company.