Fire, Medical, Rescue Department services include emergency medical, fire suppression, hazardous materials response, fire prevention, public education and organization-wide disaster preparedness activities. Tempe has six fire stations housing eight engine companies, two ladder companies, one scene support and one battalion chief. Each of the ladder and engine companies are staffed around the clock with four firefighters. All firefighters are certified emergency medical technicians and hazardous materials first responders.
Currently, our average emergency response time is five minutes 32 seconds (from dispatch to arrival). All signalized intersections are equipped with traffic signal preemption, which allows fire vehicles to control traffic signals during emergency response. Our department, in conjunction with Phoenix Fire Department, utilizes GPS that allows us to dispatch the closest unit to an incident. This technology pinpoints fire trucks to within ten feet of their actual location, thereby providing the quickest response to residents in our system.
Firefighters - Firefighting is the backbone of the Fire, Medical, Rescue Department. Typical duties include: maintenance of the fire stations; apparatus cleaning and maintenance; continuing education; and various tasks that may be required to mitigate an emergency, including raising ladders, pulling hose line, search and rescue and fire suppression. Firefighters also perform inspections on commercial buildings. This assists the Fire Marshal's Office in keeping existing buildings up to code while aiding the firefighters in knowing what types of buildings are on their areas of responsibility.
Hazardous Materials Response Team - Several personnel are certified as hazardous materials technicians and are assigned to Station #2. The department maintains a Hazardous Materials Response Team which is staffed by on-duty personnel who have the most current detection and identification equipment and protective clothing available. Members must attend and successfully complete a 200-hour training course prior to certification as a Hazardous Materials Technician and attend approximately 50 hours of continuing education every year.
Technical Rescue Team - The Technical Rescue Team is trained for all types of rescue incidents. The team has an extensive amount of equipment to perform rescues involving confined spaces, high angle/low angle rope rescues from rough terrain, trench rescues, structural collapses, swift water rescues, and industrial accidents. This team has the capability to respond to submersion incidents requiring SCUBA response. They are trained and certified as ERDI Public Safety Divers. Members must attend and successfully complete a 200-hour training course prior to certification as a Technical Rescue Technician and attend approximately 50 hours of continuing education each year.
Emergency Medical Services - The goal of the Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department Emergency Medical Services area is to save lives, reduce suffering and speed recovery from injury and illness by delivering basic life support and advanced life support pre-hospital care medical services, and transportation throughout the community.
EMS Bike Teams - The bike team plays an important role they provide paramedic level medical services at special events where they can easily maneuver their bicycles through crowded streets.
Fire Investigation - Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue Department is the lead agency for delivering fire investigation services to the City of Tempe. All fires are investigated for cause and origin. Suspicious fires, or fires that are determined to be arson, are investigated by one of our staff of four trained investigators in partnership with the Tempe Police Department and County Attorney's Office. arson cases are diligently investigated and prosecuted. You can assist us by reporting Arson activity at 1-800-352-7766.
Crisis Avoidance Response (CARE 7) - The Crisis Avoidance Response Team is a group of professionally-trained community members who provide 24-hour, on-scene, crisis intervention services. The team is called to the scene by the Tempe Fire, Medical, Rescue or Police departments. They respond to traumatic incidents, sexual assault, homicide, bank robberies, attempted or completed suicide, drowning, domestic violence, house fire, loss of loved ones and serious injury accidents. On the crisis scene, CARE 7 is able to fully focus on the emotional and practical needs of the family and/or individual in crisis while the Police and Fire personnel attend to law enforcement, medical emergency and fire suppression needs. To find out more, call 480-350-2969.