As the largest division in the Durham Fire Department, the Fire Operations Division is responsible for:
Emergency response, which includes fire suppression, emergency medical incident stabilization, vehicle extrication and basic response
Mitigation of hazardous materials release occurrences
Technical rescue incidents, such as swift-water rescue
In addition to emergency response, the division maintains approximately 11,000 fire hydrants to ensure operational readiness. Other non-emergency response activities include public education through in-house and out-reach programs and working to meet the needs of all residents and visitors of Durham.
The nine battalion chiefs assigned to the Operations Division oversee the daily activities of 16 stations, 16 engines and four ladder companies, as well as the mobile support unit. They serve as incident managers at emergency scenes - developing strategic plans and making tactical assignments.
Battalion chiefs also provide training, guidance, and support for front line supervisors ensuring that they are prepared to successfully fulfill their responsibilities. Each battalion chief manages numerous projects and programs that contribute to the department’s overall success.