Established in 1866, the Denver Fire Department provides services to the citizens who live, work and visit the City and County of Denver providing fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, water and high angle rescue. The Department currently has over 900 paid firefighters supporting daily fire/rescue and medical operations. There are 30 fully staffed firehouses supporting fire and emergency calls within the city and supporting fire and emergency calls to the City of Glendale, City of Sheridan, and Skyline Fire District. The Department also has four fully staffed firehouses located at Denver International Airport.
The city is divided into six response Districts with Denver International Airport designated as a separate Division. Each District operates under the direction of Assistant Chiefs 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, providing a safety blanket that allows the city to maintain high standards and a quality of life.
The Operations Division is also responsible for the co-ordination of the EMS Education and recertification for all members of the Denver Fire Department. In addition to responding to emergency calls, all Denver Fire Stations also participate in a Fire Prevention program by inspecting and pre-planning all local area businesses, apartment buildings, schools, hospitals, nursing homes etc. on an annual basis.
All fire stations also participate within their community with neighborhood groups by attending numerous gatherings and showing support for their area. Operation’s staff is continuously involved in community events’ reading programs, tutoring, fire safety talks, homeowners’ association meeting, demonstrations, community gathering, etc.
In order to address concerns over weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and other terrorist threats, Operations has been analyzing response capabilities and providing intensive training to address those issues. Local and Inter-jurisdictional training sessions have been conducted related to biological, nuclear and chemical threats. A good portion of this training has been acquired through grants resulting in no cost to the City.
The Technical Services division contains four groups:
The Administration Division is responsible for managing Fire Investigations, Youth Fire Stop, benefits and payroll, personnel, risk management, records, and internal investigations. It also oversees recruitment efforts that yield thousands of applications every testing process.
Fire investigators work around the clock to investigate and determine causes of fires.
The Youth Fire Stop intervention program aims to educate children who are misusing fire and modify their behavior before they cause injury or death, damage property, or it becomes necessary to charge them with a criminal act. If you know about a child who has firesetting behavior or want more information about this program, please call (720) 865-9620.
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 Rocky Mountain Fire Academy, founded in 1986, serves as a hub for the Training Division and features a 5-story drill tower and live burn building where realistic fire scenarios and evolutions can be taught and practiced. The academy also provides services to regional organizations and departments that have individual training needs for their firefighters.
The division oversees Research and Development and is continually ensuring that the Department has cutting-edge equipment. Additionally, it maintains and manages the Department's wellness program that helps the city's Firefighters stay healthy and fit.
Denver Fire Department (DFD) provides fire and rescue services to the employees, visitors and passengers at Denver International airport (DIA). DIA is the largest international airport in the United States, and the second largest international airport in the world. Denver International Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in the nation by passenger traffic with more than 50 million passengers flying through annually.
DIA is a city by itself with a containment fuel system, massive hanger/commercial facilities, complex underground transportation system and miles of highway response with potential emergencies to include aircraft fire, fuel and hazardous spills, bio-chemical threats and medical emergencies.
There are four fire stations staffed with a total of 25 fire fighters on duty 24/7 who are certified in Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting. Equipment includes 7 aircraft crash rescue vehicles each carrying 4500 gallons of water, 600 gallons of AFFF firefighting foam, and 500 lbs. of dry chemical extinguishing agent; a structural engine, a structural truck, 2 low profile vehicles, a chief’s vehicle, a special operations apparatus, 2 air stairs vehicles, and a snow cat.
In order to insure the highest quality of emergency readiness, DFD fire fighters participate in continuous training programs to be able to handle dynamic emergency situations and potential hazards at Denver International Airport.