As the largest division in the Durham Fire Department, Fire Operations 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 Fire Operations Division maintains approximately 13,000 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.
Special Operations Teams
The division has three special operations teams: Hazmat, Technical Rescue and USAR. These teams are made up from the department’s existing operational units and have the following rescue disciplines:
Hazard Materials Emergencies
Rope Rescue High/Low Angle
Three division chiefs assigned to the Operations Division oversee daily operations of four battalions. These battalions are led by twelve battalion chiefs who are responsible for the daily activities of 19 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. They 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. The battalions are strategically located throughout the City as shown below.