Established in 1877, the Fresno Fire Department is one of the oldest departments in the United States, rich in history and tradition. Today, the department strives to be an innovative and progressive organization in order to meet the changing demands of the city and the fire districts, which the department provides service to.
In December 2003, the Mayor and Council established a Public Safety Commission to focus on the public safety needs for the department over the next 20 years. The Commission developed a long-term strategy to ensure that public safety was adequately funded and the quality service levels that residents expect, were provided for. The Public Safety Commission report stated the community must utilize available resources in the most effective and efficient manner through the regionalization of services. The fire department has taken this charge very seriously.
- On January 1, 2006, the department began serving the Fig Garden Fire Protection District.
- On February 1, 2006, the Fire Department moved its dispatch service to Fresno County EMS. The creation of a centralized dispatch center for fire and EMS has helped to reduce overall travel times to emergencies, reduced cost, and improved service to city and county residents.
- On July 1, 2007, the department began serving the North Central Fire Protection District. http://www.northcentralfire.org
The merging of operational services has provided an enhanced level of service for the residents of the City, Fig Garden and North Central Fire Protection Districts. Combining forces the department’s 346 authorized personnel, including 303 sworn safety members, serve a 336-square-mile area and a service population of approximately 525,000 residents from 24 fire stations.
The department’s pursuit of excellence also includes focus on its mission, core values, and vision. Each is reflective of the desire to create a culture of excellence in fire and emergency service delivery.
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