The Operations Division is the core of the Fire Rescue Department. Its mission is to protect life and property through fire protection and suppression, pre-hospital care, and mitigation of emergencies.
There are three operational shifts, each working an average of 48 hours per week (24-hour day on duty, two 24-hour days off duty with a "Relief Day" every 3 weeks). The shifts each have an operating staff of 1 Battalion Chief, 6 Operations Lieutenants, 3 Driver Engineers, and a combination of 6 Firefighter/Paramedic or Firefighter/EMT certified personnel.
The main functions of the Operations Division include:
• Fire Suppression • Emergency Medical Services (Advanced Life Support Transport) • Fire Command and Control • Salvage and Overhaul • Contingency / Operational Planning • Pre-Incident Plans and Inspections • Technical Rescue and Support • Confined Space Rescue • High Angle Rescue • State-wide Disaster Response • Mutual Aid to neighboring fire rescue agencies.