Operation & Training Bureau

Key Fire Department Staff

From left to right: Battalion Chief Robby Rowell: Shift Commander Ops-Training Coord., Battalion Chief Ephraim Wheeler: Shift Commander-Fire & Life Safety Coord., and Battalion Chief Kirk Crumpton: Shift Commander-Office of Emergency Management Coord.

The Ops-Training Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Training & Professional Development
  • Firefighter Health & Safety NFPA/OSHA 1500
  • Emergency Vehicle Maintenance & Repair

The Battalion ChiefsShift Commanders have direct oversight of the trained personnel that provide 24-hour response to emergencies.  These include:

  • Fire Suppression & Render Safe
  • Emergency Medical Calls
  • Hazardous Materials
  • GSAR – Technical Rescue
  • Hydrant Flushing & Maintenance

Additionally the Operations Bureau is responsible for collecting data and providing research, reports, and statistical data necessary to support the mission and programs of the fire division.  This data is included in all the reports of incidents responded to by the Fire Department and is sent to the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).  They are also responsible for the oversight of the department’s Fire Reporting and Activity data Administration System which is used to assist the department in the analysis and deployment of current and future resources.

The Fire & Emergency Services Section’s mission is accomplished currently in a two tier approach.

The first tier has to do with the forty-two personnel who are employed by the Fire Department. These personnel are divided into three twenty-four hour shifts (Shifts A, B & C). Each shift is commanded by a Battalion Chief, who then have a Captain and two Lieutenant’s who oversee all aspects of operations associated with their assigned apparatus. The personnel of the three shifts maintain the responses to the public’s calls for Fire & Emergency Services 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year.

The second tier involves the assigning of ancillary responsibilities to the remaining thirty personnel.  This involves additional responsibilities aside from their already assigned duties. Here are just a few of the many examples of how this takes place each and every day within the Fire & Emergency Services Department.

A Lieutenant is responsible for the safety and health of the personnel of the Department as well as the compliance by the Department with the National Fire Protection (NFPA) Standard 1500 – Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program.

Additionally, one of the Battalion Chief’s is responsible for coordinating responses to EMS calls and to comply with the best professional practices, to continue the education and re-certification of personnel, and to procure and maintain EMS equipment and supplies, as well as coordinating emergency management operations.

Another Battalion Chief is responsible for coordinating public safety education and fire prevention events.

One Sergeant is responsible for the maintenance, testing, repair, and replacement of all fire hoses.

One Captain is responsible for coordinating the maintenance, training, and use of the Computerized Information and Data Management programs and the components of the Division’s Information Technology hardware.

One of the Sergeants is responsible for the Fire Hydrant location, identification, and marking program.

Another Captain is responsible for Facility Maintenance.

Support Services Section:

This section is tasked with the day to day management and mission readiness of the Department’s assets. The mission and goal is to provide the resources needed to align the Department with the strategic goal of fostering a feeling of safety any place, any time.

The Support Services Section is responsible for the preventative maintenance and repair of all pieces of apparatus, vehicles, and equipment of the Department.

The Support Services Section’s mission consist of the ancillary responsibilities of several members of the Fire & Emergency Services Section of the Operations Bureau.

The Lieutenant is required to be a Certified Emergency Vehicle Technician {EVT} and has the ancillary responsibilities of maintaining and repairing all apparatus, vehicles, and equipment of the Department.

Another Lieutenant’s ancillary responsibility is for the maintenance, testing, repair, and replacement of the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and the Breathing Air Fill Station.

One Sergeant is responsible for the purchase of all needed consumable goods and supplies.

One Firefighter is responsible for the purchase of personal protective apparel and uniforms for the Department.

The Support Services Section adheres closely to the City Procurement and Purchasing guidelines to ensure the highest level of fairness and ethical standards in all acquisitions.

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