The Operations’ Division, comprised of men and women, addresses the emergency needs of the District’s residents and businesses. Included in this Division are the equipment and rolling stock (apparatus/trucks) necessary for the personnel to carry out their mission; be it a fire, rescue, or medical emergency. In addition, they respond to a variety of non-emergency calls for assistance. Fire crews are also responsible for assisting with the District’s Fire Prevention efforts by conducting annual fire inspections of multi-family dwellings.
The Operations’ Division has a current staff of 86: a Division Chief, three Battalion Chiefs, 15 Lieutenants, 15 Engineers, and 52 Firefighters. These personnel operate from the five fire stations strategically located throughout the District on a 24 hours on and 48 hours off shift rotation. There are three shifts (A, B, and C). Each shift consists of a set of personnel that work together as a team and live together as a family.
The Division Chief of Operations works a traditional work week of Monday through Friday and provides direction and support for the lower ranking officers. Battalion Chiefs are responsible for their respective shift of suppression personnel. Each station has a Lieutenant who is in charge of all the personnel and equipment at that specific station. Fire apparatus are operated by an Engineer, who has received specialized training in emergency response driving. Firefighters comprise the balance of the suppression staff at each station. Staffing levels at each of the stations is based upon the anticipated call volume of the response area covered.
Station 71 has 4 personnel (Lieutenant, Engineer, 2 Firefighters). Station 72 has 6 personnel (Lieutenant, Engineer, and 4 Firefighters). Station 73 has 6 personnel (Lieutenant, Engineer, and 4 Firefighters). Station 74 has 6 personnel (Lieutenant, Engineer, and 4 Firefighters). Station 75 has 4 personnel (Lieutenant, Engineer, 2 Firefighters). The concentration of personnel varies daily due to staffing needs and sick or vacation time. Also housed within these stations are four fire engines; three of which carry advanced life support equipment; (one that also carries special operations equipment and one which also carries technical rescue equipment); one a ladder which has an advanced life support ladder aerial platform; three advanced life support rescue vehicles; one support vehicle that has an air cylinder fill station, scuba diving gear, as well as hazardous materials mitigation equipment; 32' fire/advanced life support medical boat; and an incident command vehicle.
All of our firefighters maintain Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certifications, and we currently have 35 firefighters who have been trained and licensed to deliver Advanced Life Support (ALS) services as Paramedics.