The primary goal of the Operations Division is to protect life, property, and the environment. The division is staffed with well-trained personnel and teams with diverse and highly specialized skill sets to meet the wide ranging demands of the District. Because our firefighters are the first responders to people in need, District firefighters provide many other valuable services to the community in addition to fire suppression. These services include emergency medical treatment and transport, technical swift water, trench collapse, building collapse, and confined space rescue, along with hazardous materials releases. On a daily basis the division staffs and coordinates five stations, including engines, ladder trucks, a rescue truck, advanced life support ambulances, and other specialized support units. Daily operation staffing is a minimum of 27 personnel.
Structural 1st alarm fire responses include 5 engines, one ladder truck, one rescue truck, two ALS ambulances, a Battalion Chief, and a duty chief. In non-hydrant areas, additional tankers from neighboring departments are dispatched. These operations are supplemented by additional District chief officers, a public information officer, and fire investigators.
Under the general guidance of the Assistant Chief Les Crews, the division is managed on a 24/7/365 basis by three battalion chiefs: Ed Fassler, Dave Schmitt and Bill Long. Serving the community around the clock, operations personnel are on duty and at your service every second of every day.