Fire Suppression and Rescue

Emergency Calls

In addition to fighting fires and responding to emergency medical calls, firefighters also respond to:
  • Airplane crashes
  • Bomb threats
  • Confined-space rescues
  • Dog bites
  • Fuel leaks
  • Gunshots
  • Hazardous materials calls
  • Heart attacks, strokes, and other medical emergencies
  • High-angle rescues
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Natural gas leaks
  • SWAT calls
  • Swift-water rescues
  • Natural disasters
  • Trees down on power lines and houses
The Fire Department responds to just about anything else requiring resources to help people in need.

Licenses & Certifications

Today's fire departments are staffed with people with a variety of licenses and certifications, including:
  • Commercial Vehicle Operators
  • CPR Instructors
  • Paramedics
  • Technical Rescue Technicians
  • HAZMAT Technicians

Additional Responsibilities

When firefighters are not responding to those types of emergencies, they:
  • Attend public events
  • Clean their stations
  • Landscape their fire station properties
  • Maintain their equipment
  • Participate in physical fitness activities
  • Perform business inspections
  • Provide fire safety training for businesses
  • Test hydrants
  • Train
  • Visit schools for career and safety days
  • Pre-planning businesses and events