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DFD Emergency Response

The Denver Fire Department (DFD) provides the highest standard of emergency response to the city and county of Denver and the incorporated cities of Glendale and Sheridan who contract with us for Fire and EMS services. The DFD maintains 34 fire stations to include four fire stations and seven ARFF rigs at Denver International Airport. These fire stations are strategically placed throughout the 155 square mile area that we protect.

As a full service fire and rescue department, the DFD is committed to excellence in every aspect of fire and life safety. All firefighters are trained in both fire suppression and emergency medical response. As a minimum requirement, each DFD frontline firefighter must maintain Colorado State certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

In addition to the core services offered on every fire rescue unit, the DFD manages all fire rescue operations at DIA., and has developed extensive specialized rescue capabilities, including:

  • Hazardous materials response
  • Technical rescue
  • Urban search and rescue
  • Water Rescue 
  • High Angle Rescue

From the moment that DFD emergency dispatchers receive a call; every incident is handled by an expert team of professionals dedicated to saving lives, protecting property and preserving a healthy environment for the community we serve.

The Denver Fire Department (DFD) is dedicated to providing quality, timely, and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver. The main services provided by the DFD is fire suppression and response to medical emergencies.

DFD firefighters are EMT-B certified and are able to provide Basic Life Support for any medical emergency. Working in conjunction with the Denver Health Paramedic Division, DFD responds to all medical emergencies.

The DFD has 29 Engine Companies responsible for fire extinguishment, 15 Truck Companies designated to perform search and rescue, forcible entry and ventilation, and 1 Heavy Rescue Company which is the nucleus of our Special Operations Technical Rescue Team. These resources are responsible for providing the expertise necessary to rescue Citizens and Firefighters trapped in life-threatening situations.

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 Denver Fire Department (DFD) is dedicated to providing quality, timely, and professional specialized emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and extends its services to surrounding cities and supports national emergency incidents.

In providing the highest standard of Medical and Rescue service, DFD can provide response services in the following areas:

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Collapse / Confined Space
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Underwater Rescue

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.

While providing quality and timely service, the Denver Fire Department (DFD) wants to insure our patients health care information is protected, referred to as Protected Health Information (PHI). Required by law, effective April 14, 2003 the DFD is required to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI.

The DFD falls under the medical authority of Denver Health and works jointly with Denver Health Paramedic Division. Together our response services must protect the confidentiality of PHI gathered at emergency incidents from our patients.

This Notice describes your legal rights, advises you of our privacy practices, and lets you know how the DFD and Denver Health are permitted to use and disclose PHI about you. The DFD is also required to abide by the terms of the version of this Notice currently in effect. We may use this information after we obtain your consent, and in emergency and other situations without your immediate consent.

For information about your rights and the obligations regarding medical information, please see the Notice of Privacy Practices provided by Denver Health.