About Us

Mission

 

The Denver Fire Department is dedicated to:

Our Desire to Serve; committing to those we serve with integrity, accountability, and inclusivity.

Our Courage to Act; providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to protect life and property.

Our Ability to Perform; working together to maintain the highest standards of mitigation, preparedness, prevention, and community engagement. 

Operations

The Operations Division is responsible for emergency services to citizens. Operations responds to all calls for emergency medical incidents, auto accidents, structure fires and major disasters within the City and County of Denver.

The city is divided into six response Districts with Denver International Airport designated as a separate Division. Each District operates under the direction of an Assistant Chief assigned to oversee the operation of up to eight pieces of apparatus. Assistant Chiefs are the Incident Commander at all incidents involving two or more pieces of apparatus.

The members of the Operations Division act as an all-hazards response agency responding to citizen calls for assistance, regardless of the nature, which helps to allow the city to maintain high standards and a quality of life.

The Operations Division conducts fire code inspections and conducts pre-plan inspections of commercial occupancies annually. 

Fire Stations also engage within their community. Activities include attending gatherings, community events, reading programs, conducting tutoring, fire safety talks, conduct fire safety demonstrations, and more.

Operations also participates in intensive training with other City agencies to train and prepare for potential major threats and response.

Fire Prevention

Saving lives & property by understanding & preventing disasters in the first place. 
 
Fire Prevention provides fire and building code enforcement, public safety, research and hazardous materials regulation. Groups include:
  • Certificate of Occupancy (C/O) and Business License Inspections
  • Engineering 
  • Flammables 
  • Hazardous Materials
  • High Rise and Warehouse
  • Institutions 
  • Public Assembly and Special Detail 
  • Life Safety Systems Testing 
  • Marijuana
  • Public Education 
  • Conveyances

Each of these groups maintains expertise designed to ensure code compliance, safety, and education as they relate to their respective group. 

Technical Services

The Technical Services division includes:

  • Fire Dispatch/Communications An integral part of the 911 call system, dispatches, tracks and monitors all communications for more than 100,000 emergency service calls annually and operates the emergency warning systems.

  • Fleet Management Fleet Management originated in 1880 as part of the original eleven “professional” members hired when numerous volunteer hose companies combined to form the Denver Fire Department. That first rank of “machinist” indicated the firefighter was a highly skilled machinist, mechanic and blacksmith. That tradition continues to this day. Mechanics hired today are required to possess a journeyman’s full range of skills and knowledge. Fleet Management performs all aspects of repair and maintenance for nearly every piece of equipment and vehicle used by the Denver Fire Department. The “Repair Shop” as it is most commonly known, is a full service facility. It is responsible for handling all of the fire department’s vehicles throughout the lifespan of the equipment. The Repair Shop also maintains nearly all of the personal safety equipment, small equipment, and rescue tools used by Denver firefighters.

  • Facility Maintenance Responsible for ongoing service and maintenance of hundreds of thousands of square feet of property and building space. The group also oversees the acquisition, design, and construction of new facilities for the Department.

  • Line Shop Provides all electronic and electrical maintenance service for the department. Provides specialized support for the electrical systems at the 911 Combined Communications Center, and maintenance of the 72-siren emergency warning system. The Line Shop performs a broad range of technical functions, including installation, maintenance, and repair of department radios, automatic vehicle location systems, and mobile data computer terminals. The Line Shop also maintains Denver’s fire alarm box system and fire station electrical systems.

Administration

Administration is responsible for managing Fire Investigations, Youth Fire Stop, benefits and payroll, personnel, risk management, records, and internal investigations. Administration also oversees the recruiting and outreach team.

Fire investigators work to investigate and determine causes of fires, and work with other agencies to enforce laws related to fire investigation and offenses.

Youth Fire Stop intervention program aims to educate children about the inherent dangers of fire and misuse of fire. If you know about a child who has firesetting behavior or want more information about this program, please call (720) 865-9620.

Safety and Training

The mission of the Safety and Training Division is to prepare and equip the members of the Department with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform safely and effectively.

The Denver Fire Academy, founded in 1986, serves as a hub for the Training Division and features a 5-story drill tower and live burn building. The academy also provides services to regional organizations and departments that have training needs for their firefighters.

Safety & Training also maintains and manages the Department's wellness program and Resiliency Program benefitting members overall well-being.

Denver International Airport

The Denver Fire Department (DFD) proudly serves at Denver International Airport (DEN). The airport division is an all hazards response force charged with handling any and all fire or emergency services at DEN. DEN is the second largest airport in the world by size, and the 5th busiest airport in the United States, serving more than 69 million passengers annually. 

The DFD provides service to the 52 square mile airport and addresses Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), which is an extremely unique assignment within the fire service. In addition to ARFF, DFD handles all structural firefighting and emergency responses in the same professional capacity as found in the rest of Denver. The DFD responds to many unique facilities including a fuel system that contains 26 miles of pipe, an underground maze of interconnected tunnels, and aircraft hangars located within the airport. 

Denver Fire currently staffs five fire stations at DEN with 111 firefighters assigned to the suppression force. Personnel on duty provide 24/7 coverage with seven ARFF apparatus, one tower ladder, two engine companies and one chief officer. In addition, the airport division is commanded by a Division Chief and has it’s own administrative staff, training staff and fuel inspectors. Unique to DEN, firefighters are hazardous materials technicians who are equipped to manage hazardous materials incidents. Within its fleet, the DFD also has several specialized vehicles for specific rescue needs, such as a Sno-Cat for responses during inclement weather. 

The airport division is a unique work environment and is a prestigious assignment for Denver firefighters. Members assigned to the airport have an average of 17 years of tenure within the department, and include the most experienced members in the ranks of firefighter, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief.