EF&R is comprised of four organizational divisions that meet the operational, administrative, logistics, customer risk reduction, peer support and safety needs of the Department. The Fire Chief provides overall leadership and is responsible for effective management, and service delivery of all aspects of the Department. The Deputy Fire Chiefs oversee their respective divisions ensuring the overall day-to-day readiness of all aspects of the Agency.
The Operations division is responsible for emergency response and incident mitigation for fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials, urban search, rescue, and other emergencies. The Operations division is charged with ensuring that personnel meet established training guidelines so that the Department is capable of meeting any emergency response challenge. The Special Operations teams represent personnel with additional training normally not required of a firefighter. With the diverse area the Agency serves, these teams were established to meet the challenges and dangers of specific rescue environments. The teams include Technical Rescue, Wildland Firefighting and HazMat.
The Operations division is also responsible for the management of the Volunteer Program which provides a cadre of individuals who volunteer their time and skills to assist front line firefighters.
The EF&R Training division is responsible for providing the support, oversight and coordination of training plans, exercises, curriculum and delivery methods that are in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the WA Code of Regulations (WAC).The goal of the Operations division is to contribute to the safety of the citizens of EF&R by safely providing emergency response and incident management for fires, rescues, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, and disasters.
Administrative Services/Logistics Division
The Administrative Services and Logistics Division is responsible for a broad array of administrative, financial and programmatic service areas that are essential for maintaining operational readiness. These areas include Fleet Management (Apparatus Maintenance and Repair), Facilities, and Financial Services.
The Fleet Management team is responsible for maintaining the operational readiness of the Department’s fleet of apparatus and support vehicles. Performing routine and emergency repairs, safety inspections, preventative maintenance, communications equipment installation, and emergency apparatus outfitting are among a few of the countless duties that are carried out by a team of highly skilled fire mechanics.
The Financial Services Division is responsible for the financial and budget reporting, payroll, accounts and contracts payable, procurement and revenue and cash accounting for the entire agency.
The Facilities Division is responsible for the general maintenance of all the Department’s fire stations and headquarter offices, the project management of the building processes for new Department facilities and restoration of existing facilities.
The Human Resources Division is responsible for the planning, organizing and directing of the Department’s personnel management which includes recruitment and selection, disability management, employee relations, classification, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) matters and Workers’ Compensation.
Fire Prevention Bureau
The primary responsibilities of Fire Prevention Bureau are the enforcement of all applicable State and local fire codes and standards, and fire investigations. Code enforcement is accomplished through the review and approval of building and facility plans, inspection of completed work, and certification of occupancy. The goal of the Fire Prevention Bureau is to provide fire prevention services to meet the current and future needs of communities served.