San Francisco Fire Department

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San Francisco Fire Department
SFFD PatchLogo.jpg
Operational Area
Country United States
State  California
City San Francisco
Agency Overview[1]
Established 1866
Annual calls 120,536 (2012)
Employees 1,449 (2012)
Annual budget $326,072,813 (2012)
Fire chief Joanne Hayes-White
IAFF 798
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 2
Battalions 9
Stations 47 (Including 3 ARFF stations, 1 fireboat station, 1 EMS base)
Engines 45 (Including 2 ARFF engines)
Trucks 20 (Including 1 ARFF truck)
Rescues 2
Wildfire engines/Brush trucks 5
Fireboats 2
Ambulances 17 ALS
Tenders 1
HAZMAT 1
EMS Level ALS & BLS
USAR 1
Website
Special Service Unit www.sf-fire.org
Fire Police www.sffdlocal798.org
Airport crash 4

The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) provides fire and emergency medical services to the City and County of San Francisco, California.[2][3] The San Francisco Fire Department, along with the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Sheriff's Department, serves an estimated population of 1.4 million people, which includes the approximately 850,000 citizens residing in the 47.5 square miles (123 km2) of San Francisco (including Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco International Airport, and the Presidio of San Francisco/Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

In 2012, the San Francisco Fire Department responded to 120,536 emergency calls, with 28,281 being fire-related and 92,255 being emergency medical-related.[4]

History[edit]

Volunteer companies were first formed in the city in 1850, and a paid staff established in 1866. In 1906, the department was considered on a par with those of the larger cities on the East Coast, but found itself reduced to fighting the fire of 1906 in the quake aftermath with axes and shovels, as most of the city's water mains were broken and cisterns drained. Fire Chief Dennis T. Sullivan suffered mortal wounds in his home by a falling chimney early in the disaster and subsequently died in the hospital.

Organization[edit]

The San Francisco Fire Department is divided into two sections of operation: Operations and Administration. Each section is commanded by a deputy chief, who reports directly to the chief of department.

Operations[edit]

All emergency response operations are supervised by the deputy chief of operations, who is second in command after the chief of department. Department operations include fire suppression, tactical rescue, emergency medical care, fire prevention, arson investigation, response to natural disasters, mass-casualty, and hazardous materials incidents, and fire and EMS dispatch supervision. The deputy chief is responsible for supervising all field operations, division chiefs, battalion chiefs, company officers, emergency response personnel, and assistant deputy chiefs.[5][6]

Administration[edit]

All department activities related to personnel, training, equipment and resources are supervised by the deputy chief of administration, who is third in command after the chief of department. The deputy chief is responsible for supervision of the assistant deputy chiefs assigned to manage the Division of Support Services and the Division of Training as well as the personnel charged with management of human resources and finance. The Office of the Department Physician, the department's safety officer and the Bureau of Investigative Services are also under direct supervision of the deputy chief of administration.[7]

Ranks[edit]

Rank level Rank
H1 EMS Fire Rescue Paramedic (Ambulance) * SF Dept of Public Health to SFFD integration transfer rank
H2 Firefighter/EMT
H3 - Level 1 EMS EMT (Ambulance)
H3 - Level 2 EMS Paramedic (Ambulance)
H3 - Level 3 Firefighter/Paramedic
H4 Fire Inspector
H6 Fire Investigator
H10 Incident Support Specialist (Chief's Aide/Driver)
H16 Technical Training Specialist
H18 Community Services Coordinator
H20 Fire Lieutenant
H22 Fire Lieutenant, Bureau of Fire Prevention
H24 Fire Lieutenant, Bureau of Fire Investigation
H28 Fire Lieutenant, Division of Training
H29 Special Services Officer
H30 Fire Captain
H32 Fire Captain, Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation
H33 EMS Rescue Captain/Paramedic
H39 Fire Captain, Division of Training
H40 Fire Battalion Chief
H43 EMS Section Chief
H50 Assistant/Division Fire Chief
H51 Deputy Assistant Fire Chief
H110 Fireboat Engineer
H120 Fireboat Pilot
CD1 Fire Chief of Department
CD2 Deputy Fire Chief, Operations
CD3 Deputy Fire Chief, Administration

Operations[edit]

Fireboat Guardian stands on alert status near the Bay Bridge.
SFFD Truck 3 operating at a fire in the Tenderloin.

Personnel profile (2014)[edit]

  • 1,392 uniformed members
  • 57 civilian members

Apparatus profile (2014)[edit]

Frontline fire companies[edit]

  • 43 engine companies (E1, E2, E3, E5, E6, E7, E8, E9, E10, E11, E12, E13, E14, E15, E16, E17, E18, E19, E20, E21, E22, E23, E24, E25, E26, E28, E29, E31, E32, E33, E34, E35, E36, E37, E38, E39, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E48, E51)
  • 19 truck companies (T1, T2, T3, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T11, T12, T13, T14, T15, T16, T17, T18, T19, T48)
  • 2 rescue squad companies (RS1 & RS2)

Medic units[edit]

  • 16 ALS medic ambulances (M53, M54, M55, M58, M66, M67, M68, M72, M75, M77, M78, M79, M81, M82, M83, M84, M85, M86, M87, M88, M89, M92, M93, M94) (Variable EMS personnel staffing based on time of day by the personnel at Station 49.)
  • 1 ALS rescue ambulance (RA48) (cross-staffed by Engine 48 FF/Paramedic & FF/EMT-A)
  • 5 paramedic rescue captain's units (RC1, RC2, RC3, RC4, Airport)

Command units and chiefs[edit]

  • 2 division chief's units (D2 & D3)
  • 9 battalion chief's units (B1, B2, B3, B4, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10)

Special and support units[edit]

  • 2 fireboats (FB1 Phoenix & FB2 Guardian)
  • 3 rescue boats (RB9, RB16, RB35)
  • 3 light rescue units (LR5, LR7, LR21)
  • 2 mobile air units (MA1 & MA2)
  • 2 mobile air support trailers (MAST1 & MAST2)
  • 1 hazardous materials(haz-mat.) unit (HM1) (cross-staffed by Engine 36)
  • 2 decontamination(decon.) units (Decon. 1 & Decon. 2)
  • 1 mobile command unit (MC1)
  • 1 CO2(purple K) unit
  • 2 coastal rescue units (CR1-Cliff Rescue Unit (cross-staffed by Engine 34) & CR2-Swift Water/Surf Rescue Unit (cross-staffed by Engine 18)
  • 1 C.B.R.N.E. (U.S.A.R.) unit (CBRNE1)
  • 2 multi-casualty units (MCU1 & MCU2)
  • 1 pollution control (sand/absorbent) unit (PC1) (cross-staffed by Engine 20)
  • 4 wildland/brush mini-pumpers (MP25, MP32, MP43, MP44)
  • 1 hose tender (HT48)
  • 5 five inch hose portable hydrant tenders (FHT9, FHT17, FHT22, FHT38, FHT48)
  • 1 high-pressure battery unit (HPBU1)
  • 1 fuel truck (FT)
  • 1 utility unit (UU1)
  • 1 maintenance tow truck (TU1)
  • 6 Jet Ski units (RWC1, RWC2, RWC3, RWC4, RWC5, RWC6)

Airport units[edit]

  • 2 ARFF engines (E46 & E56)
  • 1 ARFF truck (T44)
  • 1 ARFF captain's unit
  • 1 ARFF mini-pumper unit
Two SFFD truck companies at the scene of a 4th-alarm fire on 41st Ave. in the Sunset District

Fire station locations and apparatus[edit]

The former Fire Station # 1, located on Howard Street
SFFD Engine 16, quartered in the Marina District

Below is a full listing of all fire station and company locations in the City & County of San Francisco according to division and battalion.[4][8]

There are also three SFFD-operated fire stations based at the San Francisco International Airport in San Mateo County.

Fire station Engine company Truck company Special unit Chief Battalion Division Address Neighborhood
1 Engine 1 Truck 1 Rescue Squad 1 3 3 935 Folsom St. South of Market & San Francisco Federal Building
2 Engine 2 Truck 2 Battalion 1 1 2 1340 Powell St. Chinatown
3 Engine 3 Truck 3 2 3 1067 Post St. Tenderloin & Phillip Burton Federal Building
5 Engine 5 Truck 5 Light Rescue 5 Division 2 4 2 1301 Turk St. Fillmore District
6 Engine 6 Truck 6 Decon. Unit 1 4 2 135 Sanchez St. Lower Haight & San Francisco Mint
7 Engine 7 Truck 7 Rescue Squad 2, Light Rescue 7 Division 3 6 3 2300 Folsom St. Mission District
8 Engine 8 Truck 8 Battalion 3 3 3 36 Bluxome St. South Beach & Moscone Center
9 Engine 9 Truck 9 Hydrant Tender 9, Rescue Boat 9, Rescue Water Craft 3, Rescue Water Craft 4 Battalion 10 10 3 2245 Jerrold Ave. Bernal Heights & San Francisco General Hospital
10 Engine 10 Truck 10 C.B.R.N.E.(U.S.A.R.) Unit 1 4 2 655 Presidio Ave. Presidio Heights
11 Engine 11 Truck 11 Rescue Captain 3 Battalion 6 6 3 3880 26th St. Noe Valley
12 Engine 12 Truck 12 7 2 1145 Stanyan St. Haight-Ashbury , UCSF Medical Center & University of California, San Francisco
13 Engine 13 Truck 13 Rescue Captain 1, CO2 Unit 1 1 2 530 Sansome St. Financial District
14 Engine 14 Truck 14 7 2 551 26th Ave. Outer Richmond
15 Engine 15 Truck 15 CalEMA Unit 361 Battalion 9 9 3 1000 Ocean Ave. Ingleside
16 Engine 16 Truck 16 Rescue Boat 16, Rescue Water Craft 1, Rescue Water Craft 2 4 2 2251 Greenwich St. Marina District , Marina Green & Fort Mason
17 Engine 17 Truck 17 High-Pressure Battery Unit 1, Hydrant Tender 17 10 3 1295 Shafter St. Bayview-Hunters Point
18 Engine 18 Truck 18 Coastal Rescue Unit 2 8 2 1935 32nd Ave. Outer Parkside
19 Engine 19 Truck 19 Homeland Security Trailer 8 2 390 Buckingham Way Lakeshore , Stonestown Galleria , San Francisco State University , San Francisco Zoo , TPC Harding Park & Fort Funston
20 Engine 20 Mobile Air Unit 1, Mobile Air Unit 2, Pollution Control Unit, Mobile Air Support Trailer 1, Mobile Air Support Trailer 2 8 2 285 Olympia Wy. Laguna Honda Reservoir, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center (long-term care facility)
21 Engine 21 Light Rescue 21, Attack Hose Tender 21, Utility Unit 1 2 3 1443 Grove St. Panhandle & University of San Francisco
22 Engine 22 Hydrant Tender 22 7 2 1290 16th Ave. Inner Sunset District & Golden Gate Park
23 Engine 23 8 2 1348 45th Ave. Outer Sunset District
24 Engine 24 6 3 100 Hoffman Ave. Dolores Heights
25 Engine 25 Mini-Pumper 25, Multi-Casualty Unit 1 10 3 3305 3rd St. Dog Patch
26 Engine 26 6 3 80 Digby St. Glen Park
28 Engine 28 1 2 1814 Stockton St. North Beach
29 Engine 29 Decon. Unit 2, Tow Unit 1, Fuel Unit 1 2 3 299 Vermont St. Design District
31 Engine 31 Rescue Captain 2 Battalion 7 7 2 441 12th Ave. Inner Richmond
32 Engine 32 Mini-Pumper 32 6 3 194 Park St. College Hill
33 Engine 33 9 3 8 Capital Ave. Oceanview
34 Engine 34 Coastal Rescue Unit 1 7 2 499 41st Ave. Vista del mar , Sutro District , Lincoln Park (San Francisco) , Lands End (San Francisco) , Fort Miley Military Reservation & San Francisco VA Medical Center
35 Engine 35 Fireboat 1 Phoenix, Fireboat 2 Guardian, Rescue Boat 35 3 3 Pier 22 12, The Embarcadero The Embarcadero , Alcatraz Island & Transbay Transit Center
36 Engine 36 Haz-Mat. Unit 1 Battalion 2 2 3 109 Oak St. Hayes Valley & Civic Center, San Francisco
37 Engine 37 10 3 798 Wisconsin St. Potrero Hill
38 Engine 38 Mobile Command Unit 1, Hydrant Tender 38 Battalion 4 4 2 2150 California St. Pacific Heights
39 Engine 39 Multi-Casualty Unit 2 9 3 1091 Portola Dr. Forest Hill
40 Engine 40 Battalion 8 8 2 2155 18th Ave. Inner Parkside
41 Engine 41 1 2 1325 Leavenworth St. Nob Hill
42 Engine 42 10 3 2430 San Bruno Ave. Portola
43 Engine 43 Mini-Pumper 43, CalEMA Unit 248 9 3 720 Moscow St. Excelsior & McLaren Park
44 Engine 44 Mini-Pumper 44 10 3 1298 Girard St. Visitacion Valley
48 Engine 48 Truck 48 Rescue Ambulance 48, Hose Tender 48. // Hydrant Tender 48 (FHT48) offsite @ Bldg 260 // 3 3 750 Ave. M, Bldg. 600 Treasure Island, San Francisco, Yerba Buena Island & San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
49 ALS Medic Units, Rescue Captain 4, BioMed Unit, Arson Unit, Logistics Units, Supply Units 10 3 1415 Evans St. India Basin
51 Engine 51 4 2 218 Lincoln Blvd. Presidio of San Francisco , Fort Point, San Francisco & Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco International Airport (San Mateo County)[edit]

ARFF station ARFF engine ARFF truck ARFF crash rescue unit ARFF special unit Address
Station # 1 Engine 56 Truck 44, Truck 47 (relief) Rescue 9, Rescue 90 (relief) Medic 93 W. Field Rd.
Station # 2 Rescue 10, Rescue 37, Rescue 40 (relief), Rescue 49 (relief) Airboat, Jet Skis Unit 5, Jet Ski Unit 6, Mooseboat N. Access Rd.
Station # 3 Engine 46 Rescue 11, Rescue 41 (relief) Medic 94, Relief Engines, Airport ARFF Captain S. Area Dr.

Other facilities[edit]

The SFFD Bureau of Equipment is located at 2501 25th St. The SFFD Division of Training has two training facilities: one adjacent to SFFD Station 7 and the other at SFFD Treasure Island Training Facility/Clothing Depot (former US Naval Station TI naval firefighting school) in Bldg. 600, located at 750 Ave. M. The Port Fire Marshal's Office is located at Pier 1 on the Embarcadero.

SFFD Headquarters, offices of the Fire Commission and Fire Prevention/Fire Marshal, as well as Pumping Station # 1 are located at 698 2nd St. SFFD Pumping Station # 2[9] is located at the foot of Van Ness Ave. by the Municipal Pier. Central Fire Apparatus, radio shop, passenger/SUV fire vehicle fleet and wood ladder fabrication shops are located at 1800 Jerrold Ave.[10][11]

Closed fire stations/companies[edit]

The former quarters of Engine 2 at 460 Bush St.
  • Engine 4, Truck 4 - 1648 Pacific Ave., Nob Hill - Closed 1979 (New Station 4 under construction as part of new San Francisco Public Safety Building 3rd/Mission Rock. Projected opening June 2014)
  • Engine 5A - 1301 Turk St. - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Engine 27 - 356 7th St., South of Market - Closed 1980
  • Engine 30 - 1300 4th St., Mission Rock - Closed 1976
  • Engine 43A - 720 Moscow St. - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Engine 45 - 1348 45th Ave., Ocean Beach - Closed 1972
  • Engine 46 - 441 12th Ave., Inner Richmond - Closed 1972
  • Engine 47 - 499 41st Ave., Outer Richmond - Closed 1973
  • Engine 48A - Treasure Island - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001 - Station 48 (former WWII era US Naval Station Treasure Island Station 2) Bldg 157 @ 849 Avenue D - Closed & Re-located March 7, 2014 to Bldg 600 @ 750 Avenue M at the Treasure Island Training Facility compound
  • Engine 49 - 2155 18th Ave., Parkside - Closed 1972
  • Engine 70 - 655 Presidio Ave. - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Truck 7A - 2300 Folsom St. - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Truck 20 - 285 Olympia Wy., Forest Knolls (Quarters of Engine 23) - Closed 1980
  • Truck 38 - 2150 California St. - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Battalion 5 - 1443 Grove St., Haight (Quarters of Engine 21) - Closed 2003
  • Battalion 11 - 798 Wisconsin St., Potrero Hill (Engine 48 - formerly) - Closed 1970
  • Division 1 - 530 Sansome St, Financial District (Quarters of Engine 13/Truck 13) - Closed 2002
  • Medic 51 - 655 Presidio Ave. (Quarters of Engine 10, Truck 10) - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Medic 52 - 655 Presidio Ave. (Quarters of Engine 10, Truck 10) - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Medic 61 - 2300 Folsom St. (Quarters of Engine 7, Truck 7, Rescue Squad 2, Division 3) - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Medic 62 - 2300 Folsom St. (Quarters of Engine 7, Truck 7, Rescue Squad 2, Division 3) - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Medic 63 - 2300 Folsom St. (Quarters of Engine 7, Truck 7, Rescue Squad 2, Division 3) - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001
  • Medic 71 - 655 Presidio Ave. (Quarters of Engine 10, Truck 10) - Organized September 11, 2001 - Disbanded September 17, 2001

Staffing[edit]

Staffing of apparatus has varied over the history of the department. Currently, BLS engine and rescue squad companies are staffed with one officer, one driver, one firefighter/EMT, and one firefighter. ALS engine companies are staffed with one officer, one driver, one firefighter/EMT, and one firefighter/paramedic. Truck companies are staffed with one officer, one driver, one tillerman, one firefighter/EMT, and one firefighter. Fireboat companies are staffed with one officer, one pilot and one engineer. The single Hose Tender company is staffed with one officer and one driver. SFO International Airport BLS engine companies are staffed with one officer, one driver and one firefighter/EMT. The single SFO International Airport truck company is staffed with one driver and one firefighter/EMT. The majority of SFO International Airport ARFF crash rescue companies (with the exception of one led by an officer) are staffed with one driver and one firefighter/EMT.

Apparatus and equipment specifications[edit]

Fire apparatus for city suppression units are painted white over various shades of crimson red or maroon. Fire apparatus used at San Francisco International Airport (per FAA regulations), fire apparatus lent on long term assignment to SFFD by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) for mutual aid use and former federal apparatus released to the SFFD are painted white over lime/lemon yellow. Fire suppression apparatus used by the SFFD are manufactured by the Spartan Motors, with Luverne or Crimson bodies and American LaFrance. Other engine or hose tender companies operate HME Ahrens Fox/Luverne, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Ward LaFrance or Pierce Manufacturing engines.

The standard 100 ft aerial ladder truck company carries the following wood ground ladders: (The SFFD Ladder Shop custom makes ladders with beams of Douglas fir and rungs made of Oregon ash or hickory.)

  • 1 50 ft bangor pole extension ladder (handled by six persons plus four more persons to handle guy-ropes for a church raise)
  • 2 35 ft extension ladders (handled by 3 or 4 persons)
  • 1 18 ft. Victorian high ceiling extension ladder
  • 1 12 ft attic extension ladder
  • 2 24 ft bracing straight ladders
  • 1 22 ft fire escape straight ladder
  • 1 14 ft roofing ladder
  • 1 14 ft ridge ladder
  • 1 6 ft step ladder

The standard engine company carries: 500 gallon water tank

  • 1 24 ft extension ladder
  • 1 12 ft straight ladder
  • 1 10 ft folding attic ladder

A historical note: the retired predecessor to the modern day aerial turntable tiller ladder truck, the non-aerial non-turntable tiller ladder City Service Truck company carried the retired 65 ft bangor pole extension ladder, a 32 ft bracing straight ladder, and pompier ladders. The 65 ft required eight persons for use: two act as weighted counterbalance to assist raise, plus four more to handle guy-ropes if for church raise.

Apparatus specifications[edit]

Below is a partial list of all SFFD apparatus, date, manufacturer and specifications.

Engine companies[edit]

  • Engine 1 - 2010 Spartan Metro Star/Crimson 1500 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 2 - 2001 Spartan/American LaFrance/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 3 - 2010 Spartan Metro Star/Crimson 1500 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 5 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 6 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 7 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 8 - 2008 Spartan Gladiator/American LaFrance 1500 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 9 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 10 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 11 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 12 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 13 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 14 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 15 - 2010 Spartan Metro Star/Crimson 1500 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 16 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 17 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 18 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 19 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 20 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 21 - 1999 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 22 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 23 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 24 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 25 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 26 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 28 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 29 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 31 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 32 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 33 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 34 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 35 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 36 - 2010 Spartan Metro Star/Crimson 1500 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 37 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 38 - 1990 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 39 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 40 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 41 - 2010 Spartan Metro Star/Crimson 1500 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 42 - 1998 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 43 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 44 - 2006 American LaFrance Eagle 1250 gpm/500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 48 - 1994 Spartan/3D 1250 gpm 500 gal Pumper
  • Engine 51 - *Unknown*

Truck companies[edit]

  • Truck 1 - 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 100 ft Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 2 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 3 - 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 100 ft Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 5 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 6 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 7 - 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 100 ft Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 8 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 9 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 10 - 1992 Spartan/LTI 100 ft Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 11 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 12 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 13 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 14 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 15 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 16 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 17 - 2010 Spartan Gladiator/Crimson 100 ft Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 18 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 19 - *Unknown*
  • Truck 48 - 1990 Spartan/LTI 100 ft Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck

Rescue squad companies[edit]

  • Rescue Squad 1 - 2006 American LaFrance Metropolitan Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Rescue Squad
  • Rescue Squad 2 - 2006 American LaFrance Metropolitan Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Rescue Squad

Command units[edit]

  • Battalion 1 - 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV 4x4 SUV
  • Battalion 2 - 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV 4x4 SUV
  • Battalion 3 - 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility AWD (Port Response equipped)
  • Battalion 4 - *Unknown*
  • Battalion 6 - 2010 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
  • Battalion 7 - *Unknown*
  • Battalion 8 - 2010 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
  • Battalion 9 - *Unknown*
  • Battalion 10 - 2010 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck
  • Division 2 - *Unknown*
  • Division 3 - 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV 4x4 SUV
  • Headquarters Homeland Security - *Unknown* (Port Response equipped)

Special units[edit]

  • Haz-Mat. Unit 1 - 2006 American LaFrance Metropolitan Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Haz-Mat.
  • CBRNE. Unit 1 - 2006 American LaFrance Metropolitan Heavy-Duty Walk-Around CBRNE/USAR
  • Mobile Command Unit 1 - 2008 Ferrara Inferno Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Mobile Command Center
  • Light Rescue 5 - 2010 Ford F-450 Pickup Truck with technical rescue trailer
  • Light Rescue 7 - 2010 Ford F-450 Pickup Truck with technical rescue trailer
  • Hydrant Tender 9 - 1973 Ward LaFrance 1250 gpm / tankless 5 in Hose Portable Hydrant Pumper/Tender
  • Hydrant Tender 22 - 1973 Ward LaFrance 1250 gpm / tankless 5 in Hose Portable Hydrant Pumper/Tender
  • Hydrant Tender 48 - 1973 Ward LaFrance 1250 gpm / tankless 5 in Hose Portable Hydrant Pumper/Tender
  • Hose Tender 48 - 1986 Pierce Dash 1000 gpm/ 750 gal Pumper w/ 100 gal foam tank (dedicated supply pumper to E48)
  • Utility/Lighting Unit 1 - 1989 Ford/Pirsch Utility Truck with light tower and crane
  • Attack Hose Tender 21 - 1974 Ford C-850/Crown/Pitman 85 ft Telesquirt
  • Arson Unit 4710 - Ford E350 Utility Service Truck Van

Communications[edit]

Structure fire response guidelines[edit]

(Response guidelines are different for SFO International Airport apparatus and fire on Alcatraz Island)

Alarm type Alarm level Units assigned
Street fire alarm pull box Unit dispatch assignment 1 engine, 1 truck
Activated commercial/residential fire alarm Building alarm assignment 1 engine, 1 truck, 1 battalion chief
Box alarm 1st alarm assignment 3 engines, 2 trucks, 1 rescue squad, 2 battalion chiefs, 1 division chief*, 1 medic unit
Confirmed working fire/full box alarm 1st alarm assignment (upgrade) 1 engine (RIC)**, 1 rescue captain, 1 engine (incident support crew assigned at option of division chief or higher-ranking officer)
2nd alarm*** 2nd alarm assignment (upgrade) 4 engines, 1 truck, 1 battalion chief, 1 medic unit, 1 rescue captain, 1 mobile air unit
3rd alarm 3rd alarm assignment (upgrade) 4 engines, 2 trucks, 1 battalion chief, 1 medic unit, fire reserve activated, chief of department and deputy chiefs notified
4th alarm 4th alarm assignment (upgrade) 4 engines, 1 truck, 1 battalion chief, 1 medic unit
5th alarm 5th alarm assignment (upgrade) 4 engines, 1 truck, 1 battalion chief, 1 medic unit
* Depending on CAD Geobox location, a division chief might not be assigned on a 1st alarm assignment but would be when a 2nd alarm is struck.
** RIC - rapid intervention crew
*** Any working fire in a high-rise (tower block/skyscraper) building or on Treasure Island or Yerba Buena Island brings an equivalent of a 2nd alarm assignment in addition to the 1st alarm.

Uniforms[edit]

Dress uniform[edit]

SFFD's Class "A" dress uniform for the rank and file is a double breasted navy blue coat with silver buttons, navy blue crowned black peaked cap, navy blue pants, black tie and a white shirt. The uniform for battalion chiefs and above is different in that the coat is black with gold buttons, the cap, pants and tie are black with white shirt.

Station uniform[edit]

The station uniform is a navy blue crowned black peaked cap, navy blue pants and shirt with white buttons for the rank and file. The SFO Airport Division station uniform is different in that a light blue shirt with unique shoulder patches is worn. Paramedics wear station uniform with red shoulder patches. Battalion chiefs and above wear a black cap, black tie, black pants and a white shirt.

Bunker gear[edit]

SFFD bunker/turnout gear is black with reflective stripes for all city ranks except for the fire chief who wears white. Airport fire fighters wear tan. SFFD Fire Reserve gear is tan or yellow for coats and black for pants. Wildland turnout gear is yellow reflective. Yellow reflective traffic safety vests are worn during street/highway emergency incidents (except during firefighting or hazmat activities).

Insignia[edit]

A late 19th-century fire fighters' speaking horn; also called a bugle.

The SFFD breast badge displays the American bald eagle perched on top a shield (the mythical bird phoenix[12] only appears on the Seal of San Francisco) with the city seal, rank and number affixed on the shield. Insignia is silver for the rank and file and gold for battalion chiefs and above.

SFFD fire officer collar rank insignias depict the traditional fire service speaking horns (also called bugles) on a similarly colored background disk. Which makes it difficult to identify rank at a distance and usually only persons familiar with the SFFD or other fire services are able to discern the ranks based on the insignia. Thus SFFD officer identification only by collar/cap insignia can be difficult for law enforcement and military personnel during multi-agency/mutual aid incidents.

Fire helmets[edit]

Most SFFD fire helmets are manufactured by Cairns MSA. Many SFFD firefighters wear old-style Cairns N5A New Yorker leather fire helmets, while others wear newer composite-style Cairns 1044 helmets.

The helmets are painted in specific ways to designate the wearer's fire company or unit. Firefighters assigned to engine/hosetender companies have helmets painted all-black. Truck company firefighters have their helmets painted black with alternating white and red sections on the dome. Rescue squad members have black helmets with alternating black and white sections on the dome. Arson investigators wear all-blue helmets. The helmets of the chief's aides are black with white domes. The fire chief's helmet is all-white. Fire Reserve helmets are black with yellow domes and black ribbing. The SFFD is one of the only fire departments which paints their helmets to designate certain companies. Because firefighters may be temporarily attached/detailed to a company or unit, the helmet color and shield front company number does not always reflect where that firefighter is working that day.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The SFFD was the responding fire department to a major high-rise fire disaster in the 1974 film, The Towering Inferno. The film cast many actual firefighters from the department and used many actual SFFD fire trucks during the filming. Fire Station 38 was also shown in the filming. The exterior shots were done at the Bank of America Building, 555 California.
  • The SFFD was also used in the Dirty Harry film series, particularly Rescue Squad 2 in Dirty Harry.
  • When a veteran SFFD firefighter is killed and Adrian Monk is blinded in a mysterious attack at a firehouse in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing," Monk must rely on his other senses to solve the bizarre case. In the course of the episode, he finds that the killer came to the firehouse to steal a fireman's coat and even finds that the man who blinded him had just beforehand killed a woman a few blocks away and set fire to her house (that fire was the one the engine company had been responding to when the murder at the firehouse took place). The depicted fire station, Fire Station 53, is a fictitious station. The exterior of the station was represented by Fire Station 1 of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
  • In the Monk novel series by Lee Goldberg, Joe Cochran, Natalie Teeger's occasional lover, is an SFFD firefighter, making appearances in the novels Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants, and Mr. Monk in Outer Space.
  • The SFFD was featured in two Emergency! television movies in 1978 and 1979, where L.A. County firefighter/paramedics Gage and DeSoto run calls with the firefighters of Rescue Squad 2.
  • The NBC Television show Trauma followed the fictional lives of SFFD paramedics, EMTs and flight medics.
  • The department is featured in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. After San Francisco City Hall is set ablaze by the villainous Max Zorin in an attempt to kill Bond, the SFFD arrives on scene and assists Roger Moore's character in escaping the burning building and then ultimately "borrows" a SFFD ladder truck in order to outrun the police officers chasing him on the suspicion that his character set the blaze.

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