The Fire Operations branch is administered by the Deputy Fire Chief. Daily management functions are performed by a Battalion Chief who is in overall command of a shift of fire suppression personnel. Operations personnel staff six strategically located fire stations.
Operations is staffed by sixty-six uniformed personnel who are divided into three shifts. Each shift is on-duty for a twenty four hour period.
Each shift of firefighters is responsible for providing emergency services within and to some outlying areas of the City of Farmington. These emergency services are categorized into the following areas:
FIRE, EMERGENCY MEDICAL, TECHNICAL RESCUE, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, SWAT MEDIC, BOMB SQUAD AND OTHER RESPONSES (including Public Service Calls). The Farmington Fire Department has joined in with neighboring San Juan County Fire Departments in providing mutual aid to areas that may be reached by City Firefighters quicker than the County Firefighters.
The participation of fire suppression personnel in fire prevention activities is as necessary as their participation in tactical operations. Because the majority of the fire department's resources are committed to suppression activities and are systematically distributed throughout the protected area, it is important that these resources also be allocated to fire prevention efforts.
Clear and well communicated department objectives provide the appropriate approach for involvement in fire prevention activities. Fire suppression personnel are heavily involved in public fire education activities, as well as performing routine inspections on a regular basis within their first-due response area. Prolonged follow-up inspections, enforcement measures, and technical inspections remain the responsibility of Fire Marshal's Office personnel. The total involvement of all personnel, particularly those assigned to fire suppression, should not only decrease the incidence of fire, but also demonstrates the Farmington Fire Department's commitment to maximum utilization of personnel to accomplish it's mission.
Fire suppression personnel also participate in pre-fire planning and familiarization tours of various occupancies within the city. A pre-fire plan is essentially a survey of potential fire hazards and a strategy for fighting a fire that might strike a particular building. The plan includes key matters that influence a fire attack. The purpose of pre-fire planning is to enable attack preparations and firefighting operations to be carried out at the scene of a fire efficiently and effectively.
For the calendar year 2004 the Fire Operations branch responded to four thousand, seven hundred fifty calls for emergency and non-emergency services.