Operations Division

The Operations Division provides leadership and management of assigned emergency personnel; responds to and mitigates various emergencies throughout the community including fires, vehicle collisions, hazardous materials spills, medical and public assistance calls; and manages operation-based programs including emergency vehicle and equipment acquisition and management. The following divisions have been created to support the Operations Division: 1) Emergency Medical Services; 2) Training; and 3) Special Operations. Due to the scope of programs and cost recovery mechanisms, each of these sections has been divided into separate sub-budgets.


The Deputy Fire Chief leads the Operations Division, which staffs eight engine companies, one ladder truck company, one heavy rescue, seven paramedic ambulances, and a command officer on a 24-hour basis. Additionally, the Operations Division cross-staffs the following apparatus as seasons and emergency circumstances dictate: eight wildland fire engines, one foam unit, one technical rescue trailer, one mass decontamination trailer, one mass casualty incident trailer, one swift water rescue boat, and two flood boat trailers.


The Deputy Fire Chief of Operations is also responsible for: 1) Department emergency mitigation operations; 2) agency representative for procedural issues; 3) Shift Duty Officer functions; 4) sub-budget management; and 5) serves as Second-in-Command of the Fire Department.


The Administrative Specialist is responsible for: 1) Deputy Fire Chiefs confidential administrative support; 2) Fire Department Mutual Aid and Operational Cost Recovery; 3) Lexipol Administration for the Department; 4) Liaison  to the Department of Motor Vehicles; and 5) Responsible for the coordination of recruitment and promotional process with the Human Resources Division.


The three shift Battalion Chiefs are responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of their respective shifts (A,B, and C Shifts), which include ensuring crew readiness, maintaining  District coverage, and working with their direct reports to address any training or personnel concerns that may arise. Additionally, they are routinely assigned special projects or duties as directed.