Tips from m Laureen Paulsen Community Outreach / Public Information, Portland/Multnomah County 9-1-1
The 4th of July holiday is perhaps the busiest time of the year for Portland BOEC / Multnomah County 9-1-1. Both legal and illegal fireworks being used in our neighborhoods will result in thousands of non-emergency fireworks and noise complaint calls over the course of the next few days. Many illegal fireworks can be seen for miles, and can result in dozens of calls about the same incident and engage several call takers.
4th of July fireworks reporting tips:
- Where there is a true and immediate threat to life and property such as an injury or a fire – call 9-1-1.
- To report illegal fireworks (without fire/injury) or fireworks related noise complaints, call (503) 823-3333.
- Be patient – if you find yourself in the holding queue, it’s because all call takers are busy. Hanging up and calling back will likely land you deeper in the holding queue.
We understand your frustration with the noise and chaos, but please DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless you have a life threatening emergency and need immediate response from Police, Fire, or EMS.