Phoenix Fire Department

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Phoenix Fire Department
Phoenix Fire Department Seal.jpg
Operational area
Country United States
State Arizona
City Phoenix
Agency overview[1]
Established1886
Annual calls186,594 (2014–2015)
Employees2,000
Annual budget$297,953,000 (2013)
StaffingCareer
Fire chiefMike Duran
EMS levelALS
IAFF493
Facilities and equipment[1]
Battalions10
Stations58
Engines65
Trucks14
Squads3
Ambulances36
Tenders6
Airport crash5
Wildland15
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The Phoenix Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Phoenix, Arizona. The department responded to 186,594 calls during 2014–2015, with 88% being for emergency medical services.[2] The Phoenix Fire Department currently protects 1.5 million residents spread across an area of 520 square miles (1,300 km2).[2]

History[edit]

The Phoenix Fire Department was established as a volunteer fire department on August 17, 1886, with the formation of Engine 1.[3] In 1922 the department transitioned from volunteers to career members. From 1924 to present day, the department created the A, B, and C shifts, which started and ended every third day at 8:00 AM.[3]

On Dec. 9, 1929, the Phoenix Fire Department suffered its first fatality in the line of duty. While responding to a call, Squad 1 and Engine 2 crashed into each other at 14th and Van Buren streets. Captain Jack Sullivan of Squad 1 was killed immediately.[4]

In 1936 the Phoenix Fire Department joined the International Association of Firefighters and formed the union Local 493. The surrounding fire departments, Tempe, Glendale, Chandler, Surprise, and Peoria, are also part of Local 493.[5]

On Jun. 5, 2021 the Phoenix Fire Department responded to a fire at around 35th Ave and Lincoln St. The strength of the fire grew quickly from a 2 alarm fire, which it then skipped to a 4 alarm fire, which then grew to a 5 alarm fire, after that it grew finally to a 6 alarm fire with more than 150 firefighters on scene. To this day this was the largest response of the Phoenix Fire Department with more than 10 different agencies from across Arizona and even 200+ firefighters. Source

Stations & apparatus[edit]

The fire department battalions are listed here. Some fire stations have two engine companies. In February 2020, the fire department opened the 9th Battalion in the Central District. Each Battalion is commanded by a Battalion Chief and each District is commanded by a District Chief.

Battalion 1 (Central District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
1 323 N. 4th Ave Engine 1
Engine 2
Ladder 1 Command Response Vehicle
South Deputy Chief
Ladder Tender 1
High Rise 1
3 1257 W. Pierce St Engine 3 Rescue 3
Rescue 903
Vent 3
8 1025 E. Polk St Engine 8 Rescue 8 Car 957S (South Special Operations Captain) Squad 8
Squad Tender 8
Support 8
16 1414 East Mohave Engine 16 Crisis Response 16

Battalion 2 (East District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport unit Brush or Tanker Unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
11 2727 E. Roosevelt St Engine 11 Ladder 11 Rescue 11 Ladder Tender 11
12 4247 N. 32nd St Engine 12 Ladder 12 Battalion Chief 2
District Chief 2
Ladder Tender 12
Support 12
13 2828 N. 47th Place Engine 13 Rescue 13
17 1531 E. Missouri Ave Engine 17 Rescue 17
91 8444 N. Tatum Blvd Engine 91 Support 91
92 6519 E. Lincoln Dr Engine 92 Brush 92
Water Tender 92

Battalion 3 (West District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
14 1330 N. 32nd Ave Engine 14
15 4730 N. 43rd Ave Engine 15 Rescue 15
24 2602 N. 43rd Ave Engine 24 Ladder 24 Squad Tender 24
25 4010 N. 63rd Ave Engine 25
Engine 925
Rescue 25 Battalion Chief 3
District Chief 3
40 3838 N. 83rd Ave Engine 40 Rescue 40
44 7117 W. McDowell Rd Engine 44 Squad 44
Squad Tender 44
54 9820 W. Campbell Ave Engine 54 Water Tender 54
Foam 54
59 1111 S. 65th Ave Engine 34 Rescue 34 Foam 34

Battalion 4 (North District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport Unit Brush Unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
33 2409 W. Cactus Rd Engine 33 Ladder 33 Rescue 33 Squad Tender 33
36 21602 N. 9th Ave Engine 36 Brush 36 Water Tender 36
41 2501 W. Morningside Dr Engine 41 Ladder 41 Battalion Chief 4
District Chief 4
HazMat 41
Squad Tender 41
42 3246 W. Greenway Rd. Engine 42 Rescue 42
48 5230 W. Happy Valley Rd Engine 48 Brush 48
50 20225 N. 35th Ave Engine 50 Ladder 50 Rescue 50 Squad Tender 50
Utility 50
55 26700 N. 27th Ave Engine 55 Rescue 55
56 3210 W. Canotia Place Engine 56 Brush Engine 56, Brush 56 Water Tender 56

Battalion 5 (South District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport Unit Brush Unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
6 368 W. Apache St Engine 6
21 1212 S. 27th Ave Engine 21 Rescue 21
22 230 E. Roeser Rd Engine 22 Ladder 22 Rescue 22 Battalion Chief 5
District Chief 5
Squad Tender 22
23 4416 S. 32nd St Engine 23 Brush 23
28 7409 S. 16th St Engine 28 Rescue 28 Brush 28 Support 28
39 2276 W. Southern Ave Engine 39 Brush 39
57 1708 W. Dobbins Rd Engine 57 Rescue 57 Brush 57 Water Tender 57
58 4718 West Dobbins Rd Engine 58 Rescue 58 Brush 58 Water Tender 58

Battalion 6 (East District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport Unit Brush Unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
27 12449 N. 32nd St Engine 27 Rescue 27
31 5730 E. Thunderbird Rd Engine 31 Rescue 31
35 646 E. Paradise Ln Engine 35
Engine 935
Rescue 35
37 16602 N. 40th St Engine 37 Ladder 37 Squad Tender 37
45 2545 E. Beardsley Rd Engine 45 Rescue 45 Brush 45 Support 45
49 3750 E. Dynamite Blvd Engine 49 Rescue 49 Brush 49 Water Tender 49
52 21650 N. Tatum Blvd Engine 52 Rescue 52 Brush 52 Battalion Chief 6
Car 957N (North Special Operations Captain)
72 33027 N. Cave Creek Rd Engine 929 Brush 72 Squad 29

Battalion 7 (South District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport Unit Brush Unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
32 7620 S. 42nd Pl Engine 32 Rescue 32 Brush 32 HazMat 32
38 5002 E. Warner-Elliot Loop Engine 38 Rescue 38
43 4110 E. Chandler Blvd Engine 43 Ladder 43 Rescue 43 Battalion Chief 7 Squad Tender 43
46 15402 S. Marketplace Way Engine 46 Rescue 46 Brush 46

Battalion 8 (North District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport Unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
7 403 E. Hatcher Rd Engine 7 Rescue 7
20 726 W. Glendale Ave Engine 20 Ladder 20 Ladder Tender 20
26 3301 W. Rose Ln Engine 26 Ladder 26 Rescue 26 Ladder Tender 26
30 2701 W. Belmont Ave Engine 30
Engine 930
Rescue 30 Rescue 930 North Deputy Chief, Battalion 8, Command Van 30
60 2405 W. Townley Ave Engine 910
Engine 960

Battalion 9 (Central District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Ladder Company EMS Rescue Transport unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
4 1601 N. 3rd Ave Engine 4 Ladder 4 HazMat 4

Squad Tender 4

5 1840 E. Cambridge Ave Engine 5
Engine 905
9 330 E. Fairmont Ave Engine 9 Ladder 9 Rescue 9 Battalion Chief 1
District Chief 1
Squad Tender 9
10 2731 N. 24th Dr Engine 10 Utility 10
18 5019 N. 23rd Ave Engine 18
Engine 918
Rescue 18
Rescue 918
Medical Response 18
61 1925 E. Indian School Rd Engine 61 Rescue 61 PIO 3

Battalion 19 (Aviation District)[edit]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company EMS Rescue Transport Unit or Medical Support Unit Command Unit Specialized Unit
19 3547 E. Sky Harbor Blvd Engine 19 Medical Support 19 Battalion Chief 19
District Chief 19
Foam 1
Foam 3
Attack 19
Squad 19
29 3949 E. Air Lane Way Engine 29 Medical Support 29

Rescue 19

Foam 2
Foam 4
Utility 29

Resource Management[edit]

Address Engine Company EMS(Emergency Medical Services) Rescue Transport Unit or Medical Support Unit Specialized Unit
2625 S 19th Ave Reserve Engine(s) Reserve Rescue(s), MMRS VENT 1
RM50
Reserve Ladder(s)/LT(s)

Closure of South Deputy and North Deputy[edit]

In February 2020, the Phoenix Fire Department closed the South Deputy Chief and the North Deputy Chief which staffed senior command officers that were shift commanders. The functions of both North and South Deputy Chiefs were absorbed with Battalion 1 and Battalion 4. The Phoenix Fire Department then opened Central Deputy Chief to replace Battalion 8's role. Now, shift commanders are Central Deputy, Battalion Chief 1, Battalion Chief 4, District Chief 1, District Chief 2, District Chief 3, District Chief 4, District Chief 5 and District Chief 19.[citation needed]

FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Team Arizona Task Force[edit]

The Phoenix-based FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team Arizona Task Force 1 (or AZ-TF1) is a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force sponsored by the Phoenix Fire Department.[6]

AZ-TF1 is one of 28 such FEMA US&R Rescue Teams with numerous disaster response capabilities such as search and rescue, hazardous material detection and decontamination, structural collapse rescue, technical search, emergency triage and medicine, live find and human remains detection canines, and disaster recovery.[citation needed] The Federal Emergency Management Agency created the geographically positioned teams in an effort to provide support for large-scale disasters in both the United States and the potential international response abroad. In recent years the FEMA US&R system has developed the ability for a modular response in the event a specific capability is needed during a disaster response. An example of this would be a swift-water rescue team needed to augment the current search and rescue assets already deployed. FEMA provides the financial, technical and training support for all 28 teams as well as manage an internal auditing system to verify and validate each team's ability to provide a standardized response of both personnel and equipment.

Deployments[edit]

Noteworthy AZ-TF1 deployments include:[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2013 Annual Report" (PDF). Phoenix Fire Department. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b "About Us". Phoenix Fire Department. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Phoenix Fire Department History". Phoenix Fire Department. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  4. ^ history
  5. ^ "About Us". Local 493. United Phoenix Firefighters. Archived from the original on 24 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  6. ^ "US&R Task Force Locations". FEMA. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2006.
  7. ^ "USAR". City of Phoenix. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Letter to Michael Chertoff" (PDF). City of Phoenix Office of the Mayor. October 3, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2006. Retrieved August 29, 2006.
  9. ^ "Searching in Hope: FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Teams". FEMA. Retrieved August 28, 2006.

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