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YOUR house fire DOUBLES in temperature!

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3 speed bumps delay 27 seconds

Factors that slow PF&R’s response in some geographic areas more than in others include distance, topography (like hills), congestion, and traffic calming structures such as speed bumps.   

we recommend that the Commissioner in Charge and City Council take actions to ensure the Fire Marshal’s involvement in decisions that affect response, including traffic calming and development affecting street width




Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has constructed speed bumps and other traffic calming devices throughout the city which also slow emergency response vehicles.


According to our research and communication with PBOT and PF&R, decisions to add specific traffic calming devices in Portland have not always been founded on evidence of lack of safety or with full consideration of the various competing public values


PF&R is supportive of the recommendations noted in the Auditor’s report, specifically the bureau supports ensuring the Fire Marshal’s direct involvement with regards to traffic calming and access issues, working with PF&R’s Physician Supervisor, Multnomah County Emergency Medical Services and the Bureau of emergency Communications to increase efficiencies for first responder services as well as improvements in how PF&R documents and measures response time performance.


(PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE: Emergency response time goal not met, though PF&R strives for excellence July 2010)  


Factors that slow PF&R’s response in some geographic areas more than in others include distance, topography (like hills), congestion, and traffic calming structures such as speed bumps.   


we recommend that the Commissioner in Charge and City Council take actions to ensure the Fire Marshal’s involvement in decisions that affect response, including traffic calming and development affecting street width

each speed bump can add up to nine seconds of delay.


Portland  City Auditor:  Traffic calming delays Fire Department   local copy


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3 speed bumps delay 27 seconds

15 % reduction in YOUR chance of living

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can cut your survival rate by 15%

can DOUBLE your fire’s temperature

Thanks to Kathleen at Calming Risk for much of the source material on this page