Oakland Fire Department

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Oakland Fire Department (OFD)
Agency Overview
Established March 13, 1869
Annual calls 96,000
Employees 419
Staffing Career
Fire chief Teresa Deloach Reed
Facilities & Equipment
Battalions 3
Stations 25
Engines 24
Trucks 7
Rescues 1
Fireboats 0
EMS Level First Responder ALS

The city of Oakland, California is protected around the clock by the 419 sworn professional firefighters of the Oakland Fire Department (OFD). The Oakland Fire Department was incorporated in 1869[1] and is the only fire and rescue agency in the city of Oakland. The Oakland Fire Department responds to approximately 96,000 emergency calls annually, on average, with over 80% being emergency medical services calls. The Oakland Fire Department is also an accredited local fire academy.[2]

Thirteen firefighters throughout the history of the OFD have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Oakland Fire Department has also partnered with State Farm Insurance to replace fixed security bars on windows with models incorporating a release (lessening entrapment deaths in fires).[3]

The current Chief of Department is Teresa Deloach Reed.[4]


The proud men and women of the Oakland Fire Department are committed to providing the highest quality and highest level of courteous and responsive services to the citizens of Oakland. This is accomplished by implementing comprehensive strategies and training in fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and all risk mitigation, including: human-caused and natural disasters, emergency preparedness, 9-1-1 services and community-based fire services.[5]


The Oakland Fire Department is currently organized into 5 divisions of operations: Fiscal and Administration Services Division, Emergency Management Services Division, Medical Services Division, Fire Prevention and Support Services Bureau, and the Field Operations Division.[6]

Fiscal and Administration Services[edit]

The Oakland Fire Department, Fiscal and Administration Services Division provides administrative support and leadership for the entire department. All payroll, policy, human resource, budgeting and administrative functions are conducted at Fire Administration. This division is commanded by the Chief of Staff, Cynthia Perkins.[7]

Medical Services[edit]

The Oakland Fire Department, Medical Services Division is an integral component of critical pre-hospital care in the community. Almost 80% of the emergency calls that the Oakland Fire Department responds to are medical in nature. That is why all members of the Oakland Fire Department are certified Emergency Medical Technicians and there is a full complement of Paramedics at each station. Together with other emergency care providers, the Oakland Fire Department is committed to providing fast, reliable, and professional medical care in every situation presented.[8]

Fire Prevention and Support Services[edit]

The Fire Prevention Bureau is primarily responsible for fire safety education, fire cause determination, inspection of high hazard occupancies, fire code enforcement, hazardous materials regulation, and vegetation management. The Bureau provides plan checking services that assure the incorporation of proper life safety standards, as well as code compliance, in all new construction in the city. The Administration Unit of the Oakland Fire Prevention Bureau provides support services to all FPB units as well as customer service for the following program areas. Within this bureau are also the Public Education Division, the Training and Support Services Division, and the Fire Communications and Information Technology Division.[9]


It is the goal and purpose of Training and Support Services to provide premium quality training programs and opportunities to the members of the Oakland Fire Department and to the Fire Service Community. By being proactive in the areas of firefighter safety, utilizing modern training techniques and maintaining the highest level of ethical and professional standards, the Oakland Fire Department will be known as a leader in Public Safety. This division is commanded by a Battalion Chief.[10]

Fire Communications and Information Technology[edit]

The Oakland Fire Department Dispatch Center (FDC) is located in downtown Oakland and is a critical component of emergency coordination and response. The FDC receives approximately 60,000 emergency calls for service annually, 47,000 of which are medical emergencies. All Dispatchers are trained Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) and may be required to give callers CPR or other emergency medical instructions. Dispatchers answer a total of 175,000 telephone calls per year. EMDs also dispatch for the Public Works Agency after hours and on weekends.[11]

Fire Operations Bureau[edit]

The OFD operates out of 25 Fire Stations, located throughout the city and the airport. In addition, the OFD operates a fire apparatus fleet of 24 Engines, 7 Trucks, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Hazardous Materials Unit, 1 Portable Air Cascade Unit, 5 Airport CRASH Trucks, 1 Communications/Command Unit, and numerous other special, support, and reserve units in 3 Battalions.[12]

The Operations Division of the Oakland Fire Department responds to any and all needs of the Oakland community with professionalism, expertise, and dynamic training.[13]

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

Below is a complete listing of all OFD Fire Station and Company locations according to Battalion.

Battalion 2[edit]

The 2nd Battalion commands a total of 7 Fire Stations, including 7 Engines, 3 Trucks, the Heavy Rescue Unit, the Hazardous Materials(Haz-Mat.) Unit, and the Water Rescue Unit. Fire Headquarters is also located in the 2nd Battalion, at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. The OFD's EMS Division is also located in the 2nd Battalion, at 100 Jack London Sq., the former quarters of Engine 2 and the Fireboat.

Engine Companies Truck Companies Special Unit Battalion Chief Address
Engine 1 Truck 1 Heavy Rescue 1 Battalion 2 1603 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Engine 3 Truck 3 Fire Investigator 1, Haz-Mat 1,2,4, Foam 1 1445 14th St.
Engine 5 934 34th St.
Engine 7 Patrol 407 1006 Amito Dr.
Engine 10 172 Santa Clara Ave.
Engine 12 Marine 1 822 Alice St.
Engine 15 Truck 4 455 27th St.

Battalion 4[edit]

The 4th Battalion commands a total of 9 Fire Stations, including 9 Engines and 2 Trucks.

Engine Companies Truck Companies Special Unit Battalion Chief Address
Engine 4 Truck 2 1235 International Blvd.
Engine 6 Patrol 406 6080 Colton Blvd.
Engine 8 Truck 5 463 51st St.
Engine 13 1225 Derby Ave.
Engine 16 3600 13th Ave.
Engine 17 Spare Engine 317 Battalion 4 3344 High St.
Engine 19 Air Van 1 5766 Miles Ave.
Engine 24 5900 Shepherd Canyon Rd.
Engine 25 Patrol 425 2795 Butters Dr.

Battalion 3[edit]

The 3rd Battalion commands a total of 9 Fire Stations, including 8 Engines, 2 Trucks, and the Airport ARFF Crash Rescue Units.

Engine Companies Truck Companies Special Unit Battalion Chief Address
Engine 18 Truck 6 1700 50th Ave.
Engine 20 Truck 7 Battalion 3 1401 98th Ave.
Engine 21 Patrol 421 13150 Skyline Blvd.
ARFF Crash Units 751 Air Cargo Rd.
Engine 23 Patrol 423 7100 Foothill Blvd.
Engine 26 Spare Engine 326, Patrol 426 2611 98th Ave.
Engine 27 8501 Pardee Dr.
Engine 28 Patrol 428 4615 Grass Valley Rd.
Engine 29 1016 66th Ave.

Special Operations[edit]

The City of Oakland contains a diverse set of building types, commercial facilities, industrial uses and special hazards. Oakland has a busy international port and airport, sports complexes, high rises, interstate freeways, tunnels, and a rapid transit system to name a few. In order to respond to any and all emergencies that may arise within the City of Oakland, the Oakland Fire Department has a diverse set of special operations resources prepared to respond.[14]

Closed/Disbanded Fire Companies/Budget Cuts[edit]

The Seawolf, OFD's fireboat, was placed out of service in 2004 and Station 2 was closed as a fire station amid budget cuts. It currently houses the department's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division at the dock next to the USS Potomac (AG-25).


Structure Fire Response Guidelines[edit]

  • 1st/Box Alarm Assignment:
    • 3 Engines(1 for R.I.C.)
    • 1 Truck
    • 1 Battalion Chief
  • 2nd Alarm Assignment:
    • 3 Engines
    • 1 Truck
    • 1 Battalion Chief
  • 3rd Alarm Assignment:
    • 3 Engines
    • 1 Truck
    • 1 Battalion Chief
  • 4th Alarm Assignment:
    • 3 Engines
    • 1 Truck
  • 5th Alarm Assignment:
    • 3 Engines
    • 1 Truck


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