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Kerri L. Donis Fire Chief

Kerri L. Donis Fire Chief

Message From Fire Chief Kerri L. Donis

Thank you for visiting the Fresno Fire Department (FFD) website.  As a 21-year veteran of the FFD, it is an honor to lead such an esteemed fire department and extraordinary community of over 525,000 residents.  Established in 1877 and celebrating our 140th year in 2017, the FFD is one of the oldest fire departments in the United States..

Our Mission:To Protect & Put Service Above All Else

Our Core Values: Teamwork, Trust, and Commitment

Today, the Department has 337 authorized sworn firefighting personnel (317 currently filled), 15 sworn non-safety, and 32 civilian positions for a total of 364 FFD members. This results in 77 firefighter’s on-duty each day in the City and Fig Garden Fire Protection District, with 12 additional firefighter’s available serving the North Central Fire Protection District.  The proud men and women of the FFD take great pride in delivering a wide variety of services to California’s 5th largest city.

Currently, services are delivered through the five (5) Divisions within the FFD:

  1. Administration provides for policy administration, public and interagency relations budget and grant administration citywide emergency management, financial planning, and workers compensation management.
  2. Personnel and Investigative Services Division works closely with the City Personnel Department to manage the recruitment, testing, interview and background check process for all positions within the FFD.  Additionally, fire investigations, background checks, and internal investigations are managed by this division.
  3. Emergency Operations and Support Services Division provides emergency response in firefighting, EMS, hazmat, and urban search and rescue. 2016, the Department responded to a total of 43,890 emergency incidents, with 3,356 being fire calls, resulting in a total of over $23 million in fire loss.  All fire facilities, supplies and personal protective equipment oversight is managed from this division.
  4. Training and Special Operations Division provides all hazards in-service and mandated training to all members of the FFD.  Oversight for emergency services communications system, specialty teams, recruit academies, and management of the 2-year training plan are all implemented from this division.
  5. Prevention and Technical Services Division provides fire code enforcement, inspection services; issues fire permits, plan checks, and conducts fire educational outreach programs.  Additionally, the information services, technical service needs, and fire shop oversight fall within the purview of this division.