Fire Suppression

Division Members & Activities
Members of the Fire Suppression Division work a 3-platoon, 24-hour shift schedule which averages 56-hours per week. Shifts change at 8 a.m., with firefighters assigned to 3 engines and 1 ladder truck operating out of 3 stations.

Daily activities include responding to emergency service requests, vehicle and station cleaning, meal preparation, and seasonal projects.

Seasonal Programs
In-Service Company Inspections
Fire safety inspections are conducted in all industrial, commercial, and multifamily residential properties, from April through October. For more information, view the Fire Prevention page.

Apparatus Testing
Fire Department pumpers, ladders, and hose are tested to rigid National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) specifications during the months of March and April.

Water Supply Testing
All fire hydrants located in the city are inspected during the month of November and flow tested throughout the year.

Classroom Training / Station Maintenance
December, January, and February are typically reserved for class­room training, and if time is available, for station maintenance projects. State and federal legislation has impacted the fire service in several areas including Hazardous Materials, Fire Fighter Right-to-Know, and Infectious Disease control.

These laws have required special training for suppression personnel and have also required modifications and additions to department record keeping and documentation. Documentation of training received, activities performed, and members present are daily administrative functions of the captains.