Prevent, Protect, Serve
Fire Chief Michael Kinkade
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
1919 Ash Street
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116-0326
Administration Office: 503.992.3240
Non Emergency Dispatch: 503.629.0111
Fire Prevention and Inspection Division: 503.992.3177
Fire Training Division: 503.992.3241
Frequently Asked Questions
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Our Mission: Everything we do, we do for the people and the communities we proudly serve. With education and training, we prevent harm. With rapid and professional response, we protect lives and property. Through the desire to serve, and the courage to act, we are the model of a successful fire and rescue agency for the State of Oregon.
Located between the beautiful Coast Range Mountains and tbe bustling greater Portland area, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue is a combination fire department that provides fire protection, emergency medical services, rescue, and fire & life safety education to the City of Forest Grove and the surrounding rural communities that make up the Forest Grove Rural Fire Protection District.
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue was originally formed on February 4, 1894 and our full time and volunteer firefighters have a long standing commitment to not only being there in an emergency, but for also being active in support of our community. Whether it's answering your questions on Facebook, keeping the fires going at the annual "Founder's Day Corn Roast", handing out glow sticks so kids can be seen on Halloween, or distrubiting toys and food to families in need during the holidays, our firefighters believe that they are more than emergency responders - we are neighbors working together to make Forest Grove a better place.
In 2010 Forest Grove Fire & Rescue entered into a partnership with the City of Cornelius to provide administrative services to their community after the retirement of their longtime Fire Chief. What initially started as a sharing of Fire Chief Michael Kinkade has grown to standardizing equipment, protocols, training, and standards between the two closely neighboring fire departments. Though we work for two different cities, because of this partnership Forest Grove and Cornelius Firefighters can now work seamlessly in an effort to respond to the needs of our area.
FGF&R Firefighter Ted Penge works to ventilate the fire burning inside a home
Our Vision Statement
It is our Vision to be the leading fire and rescue agency in Oregon by setting the standard of excellence in training, prevention, protection, and service for all people and communities that call upon us in a time of need.
Forest Grove and Cornelius Firefighters hoist the large United States Flag up into place during the annual Memorial Day Ceremony that is coordinated by Forest Grove Fire & Rescue
We achieve our mission and vision by building upon our core values and being loyal to our duty to serve. We work with a continued focus in the direction of leadership and excellence. Our defining code values include Professionalism, Teamwork, Leadership, Compassion, Integrity, and Service Excellence. We hold ourselves accountable to these values.
Lieutenant Keith Baas enjoys a game of soccer with the kids at Harvey Clarke Elementary School during our October fire safety education visits to each classroom.