The Fire Department's mission is to provide the community the highest level of life safety and property conservation through the extension of training, fire prevention, emergency medical services, fire suppression and emergency management.
The SAFD employs approximately 145 paid firefighters/EMS personnel and 15 Airport Rescue and Firefighting-certified personnel that operate out of eight fire stations. The SAFD operates with one ladder truck, one rescue unit, three reserve pumpers, six engine units, 12 ambulances and one battalion chief unit.
The Fire Department also includes two divisions, the Fire Marshal's Office (also known as the Fire Prevention Division) and the Office of Emergency Management.
Fire Marshal's Office
The mission of the Fire Prevention Division (also known as the Fire Marshal's Office) is to protect life and property from the threat of fire and explosion.
These tasks are accomplished through education, inspections and investigations. An investigator is always on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to handle investigations. Some of the types of investigations that may be conducted are:
- Fire death and injury investigations.
- Fire and arson investigations in which structure fires are investigated to determine origin and cause.
- Bomb threats.
Office of Emergency Management
Emergency Management focuses on several key areas to help our city and county be prepared for any disaster. These include development of a disaster plan with an "all-hazards" approach, training of all personnel who would be called upon to respond to a disaster, and public education and awareness.
• Station No. 1: 306 W. 1st St.
• Station No. 2: 4702 Southland Blvd.
• Station No. 3: 514 Smith Blvd.
• Station No. 4: 702 E. Avenue L
• Station No. 5: 3351 TLC Way
• Station No. 6: 4386 N. Chadbourne St.
• Station No. 7: 3225 Executive Drive
• Station No. 8: 7894 Knickerbocker Road
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
The SAFD is the only emergency medical service provider for the City of San Angelo. With 165 classified positions, the Fire Department has trained and certified all personnel to a paramedic level of certification. The SAFD provides ambulance service to all of Tom Green County, responding to more than 10,000 ambulance calls a year. The Fire Department's EMS provides advance life support and transports patients to medical facilities within Tom Green County.
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The San Angelo Fire Department conducts training academies during which recruits are trained to be certified firefighters/paramedics. Each academy, which is currently conducted at 1525 S. Concho Park Drive, lasts approximately 18 months, with cadets spending 40 hours per week in rookie school. While in training, recruits get hands-on and classroom training with fire suppression, hazardous materials, emergency medical training as well as an overall education with fire sciences and safety.
The academy also ensures all recruits meet state and federal mandates for continuing education requirements.
Upon completion of training and certification, recruits are assigned to Central Fire Station (Fire Station No. 1) for first-hand experience.
The City is in the midst of planning for the construction of a $2.6 million training center behind the City’s Animal Shelter on U.S. Highway 67 North. The 12-acre complex will include a burn building of at least four stories, a large classroom facility, offices for training staff and fire props. The center should be operational by the fall of 2015.
Also known as the Fire Marshal's Office, the mission of the Fire Prevention Division is to protect life and property from the threat of fire and explosion. These tasks are accomplished through education, inspections and investigations.
Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires airport firefighters to receive specialized training. The SAFD has 15 firefighters who have been certified as Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) personnel. They rotate in manning the Striker stationed at Fire Station No. 8, which is strategically located on the San Angelo Regional Airport grounds.
ARFF certification requires successful completion of 120 hours in 16 areas ranging from basic aircraft rescue to federal aviation regulations.