San Antonio Fire Department

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San Antonio Fire Department
"Our Family Protecting Your Family"
Agency Overview
Established 1891
Employees 1,600
Staffing Career
Fire chief Chief Charles Hood
Facilities & Equipment
Stations 51
Engines 51
Trucks 21
Squads 18
Rescues 2
Ambulances 39

The San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) is the municipal agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. The city is the second largest municipality in Texas and the seventh largest in the USA. Established in 1891 and based in Downtown San Antonio, SAFD is responsible for preserving life and property for a population of about 1.4 million in an area totaling 460 square miles.[1]

History[edit]

The San Antonio Fire Department had a very humble beginning. On June 6, 1854, a group of 20 young San Antonians met and organized the first volunteer fire department. They called it the Ben Milam Company. The company consisted only of a bucket brigade, but with a lot of vim and vigor and determination to do something about protecting life and property against the demon "Fire."

In 1858, the Ben Milam Company purchased the first hand operated fire engine which made the local fire department one of the best in the entire Southwest. However, around 1859, with the burning of Eckenroth's store, it became apparent that the city’s firefighting facilities were still not sufficient to cope with conflagrations.

In 1891, San Antonio boasted a population of 37,363 people. In March of that year, a permanent, paid Fire Department was organized. Two 700 gallons-per-minute steam pumpers, 5 hose carriages, 2 hook-and-ladder trucks, and assorted wagons and carts were provided. Some 45 firefighters were hired. The Fire Chief was paid $100 per month, double-team drivers were paid $55, and privates earned $45 per month.

Since its founding in 1891, the San Antonio Fire Department has built a strong reputation for serving the citizens of San Antonio. From that first hand operated fire engine, the department has continued to be innovative and aggressive in keeping up with firefighting trends, using the best technology, and finding more efficient and effective ways to provide service to the community. SAFD has been a vital part of the city's past and will play an even greater role in addressing the changing issues facing San Antonio into the future.[2]

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

Station Address Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Squad Special Unit Battalion Chief
1 515 N. Cherry Engine 1 Ladder 1 Medic 1 Squad 1 HAZMAT Team, Fire Shift Commander, Medic Shift Commander
2 601 Gillette Blvd. Engine 2 - Medic 2 (Peak Period) - - -
3 1425 E. Commerce St. Engine 3 - - - - -
4 1430 N. St. Mary's St. Engine 4 - Medic 4 (Peak Period) - - -
5 1011 Mason Street Engine 5 - Medic 5 - - -
6 503 W. Russell Place Engine 6 Ladder 6 Medic 6 - - -
7 1414 S. St. Mary's Street Engine 7 - Medic 7 - Safety Officer -
8 619 S. Hamilton Ave. Engine 8 Ladder 8 Medic 8 Squad 8 Stationary Air Compressor Battalion 1
9 649 Delmar Street Engine 9 Ladder 9 Medic 9 Squad 9 Stationary Air Compressor Battalion 6
10 1107 Culebra Road Engine 10 - Medic 10 - - -
11 610 S. Frio St. Engine 11 Platform 11 - Squad 11 Heavy Rescue 11, Technical Rescue Team -
12 103 Arts & Crafts Way Engine 12 - - - - -
13 3203 S. Presa St. Engine 13 - Medic 13 - - -
14 2515 Thousand Oaks Dr. Engine 14 Ladder 14 Medic 14 Squad 14 Hose Tender -
15 3150 Ruiz St. Engine 15 - Medic 15 - Medic Officer -
16 2110 Nogalitos St. Engine 16 - Medic 16 - - -
17 8545 Jones Maltsberger Rd. Engine 17 Ladder 17 Medic 17 Squad 17 - -
18 1463 S. W.W. White Rd. Engine 18 - Medic 18 - - -
19 2307 Vance Jackson Rd. Engine 19 - Medic 19 - - Battalion 8
20 3347 S. W.W. White Rd. Engine 20 - - - 4x4 Brush Truck -
21 5537 S. Flores St. Engine 21 Ladder 21 Medic 21 (Peak Period) Squad 21 - -
22 1100 March Ave. Engine 22 Ladder 22 Medic 22 Squad 22 4x4 Brush Truck, ARFF Team -
23 1750 Skyplace Blvd. (International Airport) Engine 23 - - - ARFF Team -
24 1940 Austin Highway Engine 24 - Medic 24 - - -
25 1038 New Laredo Highway Engine 25 - Medic 25 - Stationary Air Compressor, Water Tanker Battalion 2
26 4140 Culebra Rd. Engine 26 - Medic 26 (Peak Period) - Mobile Air Compressor -
27 1518 Hillcrest Dr. Engine 27 - Medic 27 - - -
28 15 Burwood Ln. Engine 28 - Medic 28 - - -
29 827 Hot Wells Blvd. Engine 29 Ladder 29 Medic 29 Squad 29 Medic Officer, Mobile Air Compressor -
30 919 Gembler Rd. Engine 30 - - - 4x4 Brush Truck -
31 11802 West Avenue Engine 31 - Medic 31 - - -
32 2235 Babcock Road Engine 32 Platform 32 Medic 32 (Peak Period) Squad 32 - -
33 2002 S. W. 36th St. Engine 33 Ladder 33 Medic 33 Squad 33 - -
34 15300 Babcock Rd. Engine 34 Ladder 34 Medic 34 Squad 34 HAZMAT Team -
35 7038 Culebra Rd. Engine 35 Ladder 35 Medic 35 Squad 35 - -
36 5826 Ray Ellison Blvd. Engine 36 Ladder 36 Medic 36 Squad 36 4x4 Brush Truck -
37 11011 Vance Jackson Rd. Engine 37 Ladder 37 Medic 37 Squad 37 - -
38 6000 Distribution Engine 38 Platform 38 Medic 38 Squad 38 Stationary Air Compressor Battalion 7
39 10750 Nacogdoches Rd. Engine 39 - Medic 39 - Medic Officer, Mobile Air Compressor -
40 14331 O'Connor Rd. Engine 40 Ladder 40 Medic 40 (Peak Period) Squad 40 4x4 Brush Truck -
41 9146 Dover Ridge Engine 41 Ladder 41 Medic 41 - Mobile Air Compressor -
42 10400 Horn Blvd. Engine 42 - Medic 42 - Medic Officer, 4x4 Brush Truck, Stationary Air Compressor Battalion 3
43 2055 W. Bitters Rd Engine 43 - Medic 43 (Peak Period) - Stationary Air Compressor, Water Tanker, 6x6 Brush Truck Battalion 5
44 1351 Horal Dr. Engine 44 - Medic 44 - 4x4 Brush Truck -
45 3415 Rogers Rd. Engine 45 - Medic 45 - MSOU Truck, Stationary Air Compressor Battalion 4
46 1165 Evans Rd. Engine 46 Ladder 46 Medic 46 Squad 46 -
47 7240 Stonewall Bend Engine 47 - - - Hose Tender -
48 18100 Bulverde Rd. Engine 48 - - - MSOU Trailer, 4x4 Brush Truck -
49 8710 Mystic Park Engine 49 - Medic 49 (Peak Period) - - -
50 15000 Applewhite Rd. Engine 50 - - - 4x4 Brush Truck -
51 5040 Beckwith Engine 51 Platform 51 - - Heavy Rescue 51, Technical Rescue Team -

Run Statistics[edit]

For the year 2012

Busiest Engine Companies

Company Runs
Engine 44 3,597
Engine 24 3,579
Engine 32 3,568
Engine 19 3,336
Engine 21 2,943
Engine 28 2,839
Engine 25 2,826
Engine 10 2,725
Engine 18 2,686
Engine 17 2,633

Busiest Ladder Companies

Company Runs
Platform 32 3,020
Ladder 35 2,373
Ladder 33 2,216
Platform 11 2,213
Ladder 37 2,209
Ladder 17 2,173
Ladder 29 2,088
Platform 38 2,078
Ladder 40 1,989
Ladder 6 1,915

Busiest Medic Units

Unit Runs
Medic 10 4,933
Medic 8 4,898
Medic 9 4,838
Medic 33 4,765
Medic 16 4,752
Medic 27 4,687
Medic 15 4,634
Medic 6 4,618
Medic 13 4,528
Medic 7 4,501

Response Assignments[edit]

Alarm Type Units Assigned
Still Alarm (3-1) 3-Engines, 1-Ladders, 1-Battalion (When Working Fire:1-Medic Officer, 1-Medic)
Still Alarm (4-2) 4-Engines, 2-Ladders, 1-Battalion (When Working Fire:1-Medic Officer, 1-Medic)
2nd Alarm Fire 9-Engines, 4-Ladders,3-Battalion,1-Heavy Rescue, 2-Medic Officers, 2-Medics, 1-Air Compressor, Fire Shift Commander
3rd Alarm Fire and Higher +4-Engines, 2-Ladders per additional alarm level

-Updated by:SAFDLiveDispatch-

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