This division protects life and property through the effective delivery of emergency response, prevention, and public education services. Virtually all emergency response personnel are emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and all stations are staffed with paramedics. In the dual roles of firefighters and emergency medical responders, fire personnel provide fire suppression, basic and advanced emergency medical services, technical rescue (including extrication at traffic accidents, high-angle rescue, swift water rescue, ice rescue, and others), response to hazardous materials incidents, and fire and life safety education to the public.
Support Services Division
This division ensures the operational readiness of emergency response personnel, apparatus, and equipment. This division provides human resources functions, maintains apparatus and equipment, provides basic and advanced fire and medical training, oversees required certifications, and provides public information related to fires and other incidents. Community and Public Health is managed in Support Services. The Division also maintains facilities and manages the construction of capital projects. Beginning in 2014 with the start of the City’s new ambulance contract with American Medical Response (AMR), the Support Services Division took over the responsibility of working with the City’s medical director, under whom the CSFD’s paramedics are certified to provide medical care, as well as quality assurance/quality improvement duties related to the contract.
Finance, Planning and Analysis Division
This division develops and monitors the budget, coordinates purchasing, assists with grant applications, ensures compliance with grant requirements, as well as with the ambulance contract, provides data analysis, engages in analysis of operational activities and proposals, and provides strategic planning. This office coordinates all the information technology needs for the department and works with the City IT to implement any necessary upgrades, modifications, and changes.
Division of the Fire Marshal
This division has a broad mission to promote a safer community through hazard mitigation, fire code development and enforcement, fire incident cause and origin, community education and injury prevention, enforcement of hazardous materials regulations, and the management of fire risk, especially in the wildland/urban interface (WUI). This division engages in fire safety code compliance inspections, issuance of permits for hazardous materials, the development of evacuation and preparedness plans for businesses, safety educational programs for citizens, and residential evaluations and mitigation in the WUI.