Message from the Operations ChiefThe Operations Division proudly provides "all-risk" emergency and non-emergency services to the citizens of Modesto. As an "all-risk" fire department, we respond to a wide spectrum of emergencies, everything from medical aids, technical rescues, public assists, hazardous materials, house fires, commercial fires, vehicle accidents, and the list goes on. Non-emergency calls for service are some of the most important calls we respond to. Our firefighters take pride in delivering a service and helping our citizens when no one else will. Firefighters are trained to quickly diagnose a problem and provide a solution for a positive outcome. All sworn Modesto Fire employees are trained to the level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), trained to provide Basic Life Support (BLS) to our citizens. Currently, 20 members are trained to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) and able to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) to our citizens. The Modesto Fire Department currently operates 6 BLS Engine Companies, 3 ALS Engine Companies, and 2 BLS Truck Companies out of 10 fire stations strategically located throughout the City.
Today's fires occur in all types of environments and firefighters must be prepared. Structural firefighting occurs when fire attacks residential and commercial structures such as homes, grocery stores, chemical storage facilities, apartment complexes, etc. Firefighters are also faced with hundreds of other types of fires, anything from vehicle fires to large wildland fires. Fires have become more dangerous for firefighters in recent years due to manufacturing and construction changes. The Operations Division responds to more than 1,400 fires each year and spends approximately 38% of its time committed to emergencies on fire suppression.