Battalion 27: Tempe Fire Medical Rescue
In the metro-Phoenix area, Tempe along with 26 other fire departments and fire districts participate in an automatic aid compact. That means they agree to help each other if called upon and have the resources available. Each agency is assigned at least one battalion number which is used to identify them.
Tempe is identified as Battalion 27 so the numbering system for its fire stations and vehicles typically start with 27.
Call numbers for fire stations and assigned vehicles
In the community, Tempe fire stations are known by a basic numbering system: 1, 2, 3, etc. However, within the emergency call system, they are known by a combination of battalion and station numbers. So Fire Station 1, for example, is 271.
Fire Station 1 (271)
Address: 1450 E. Apache Blvd.
Cross Streets: E. Apache Blvd. & S. McClintock Dr.
Built in 1998, this one-story building has four vehicle bays and living quarters for 14 staff: the Shift Commander, a FIT captain, a firefighter crew, an ambulance team and a low-acuity team.
Vehicles: B271, E271, M271, SQ278
Fire Station 2 (272)
Address: 3025 S. Hardy Dr.
Cross Streets: S. Hardy Dr. & W. Southern Ave.
Built in 1973, this one-story building that resides in one of Tempe’s industrial parks. It has four vehicle bays and living quarters for 8 staff / two firefighter crews.
Vehicles: E272, E277, HM272
The station also houses an ambulance and medic crew for a private ambulance company contracted to do work for the City of Tempe.
Fire Station 3 (273)
Address: 5400 S. McClintock
Cross streets: S. McClintock Dr. & E. Baseline Rd.
Built in 1975, this two-story building has three bays and living quarters for nine:
two firefighter crews.
Vehicles: E273, L 273, LT273
Fire Station 4 (274)
Address: 300 E. Elliot
Cross streets: E. Elliot Rd. & S. Rural Rd.
Built in 1981, this one-story building with two bays is the smallest in Tempe. It has living quarters for five: a firefighter crew and a fire engineer.
Vehicles: E274, SS274
Fire Station 5 (275)
Address: 723 E. Curry
Cross streets: N. Scottsdale Rd. & E. Curry Rd.
This one-story building was completed in 1994 and has two bays and living quarters for four staff: a firefighter crew. Water emergencies at Tempe Town Lake will typically see a response from this station.
Vehicles: E275, FB 271
Fire Station 6 (276)
Address: 655 S. Ash
Cross streets: Ash Ave. & W. University
This two-story building was completed in 2004. It has four bays and living quarters for 10 staff: two firefighter crews and an ambulance team.
Vehicles: E276, L276, LT276, M276, S276
Address: 8707 S. McClintock Dr.
Cross streets: S. McClintock Dr. & E. Warner Rd.
Fire Station 7, which will reside in Estrada Park, is expected to begin construction spring 2018 and be completed by summer 2019. The 10,699-sq. ft. building will hold three bays and living quarters for 12 staff.
We are all firefighters and more
All fire department staff who respond to all-hazards calls are firefighters so each of them can fight a fire and respond to an emergency medical call. But within the profession, firefighters can also be identified by a skill, such as paramedic, or a rank, such as captain, or even position.
Here’s an overview of those categories:
- Shift Commander – a Deputy Chief who oversees each shift and can coordinate responses that require multiple crews and fire trucks.
- FIT Captain – Field Incident Technician, a captain who aides the Shift Commander.
An engine company consists of a crew of four firefighters who can answer all-hazards calls including emergency medical ones. Of the crew, at least two members are paramedics while the remaining members are emergency medical technicians (known as EMTs).
- Captain - ranking member of the firefighter crew
- Firefighter –responds to all-hazards from fighting fires to emergency medical calls.
- Firefighter Paramedic – firefighter who provides advance life support.
- Firefighter EMT - firefighter who provides basic life support.
- Fire Engineer –firefighter designated to drive the vehicles and who also operates the water pump and aerial ladder.
Medic Team (ambulance)
- Paramedic –does not respond to all-hazards call but is a civilian position that provides advance life support and ground transportation (ambulance) from a scene to the hospital.
- EMT (emergency medical technician) – does not respond to all-hazards call but is a civilian position that provides basic life support and ground transportation (ambulance) from a scene to the hospital.
Vehicle numbers and letters
A fire truck is like a mobile toolbox carrying a wide range of equipment for emergencies. An engine truck is the most common type used and is equipped to handle most emergencies. But when the situation calls for a different level of response, Tempe has a fleet of smaller to larger vehicles to fit the need.
On most fire apparatus, the letter before the call number helps signal the skill set of both vehicle and crew. So E271 would be a Tempe engine truck assigned to station 1.
B (battalion) is assigned to a vehicle for the battalion chief and captain.
E (engine) is assigned to pumper trucks that carry 500 gallons of water, which could put out an average-size house fire.Engines carry a crew of four all-hazards firefighters.
FB (fire boat) a boat used at Tempe Town Lake.
HM (hazmat) vehicles are used for hazard materials situations which call for specialized equipment including hazmat suits for crews.
L (ladder) a vehicle which has a bigger toolbox than engine trucks including a 100-ft. aerial ladder and extrication equipment.
LA (low acuity) is assigned to smaller vehicles used by a two-person all-hazards crew that responds to nonlife-threatening emergency calls.
LT (ladder tender) is a vehicle that carries extrication equipment but unlike an engine, it does not carry water.
M (medic) is assigned to ambulances or vehicles staffed by civilian paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMT).This staff is chiefly responsible for ground transportation of patients.
S (special ops) is assigned to technical rescue vehicles.
SS (scene support) a smaller vehicle that supports firefighters on emergency scenes. Staffed by a fire engineer the vehicle has the capability of replenishing air-supply tanks and illuminating a large area with an advanced lighting system. It is also stocked with refreshments for public safety staff working the scene and people impacted by emergency situations.
SQ (squad) is a designation for special operations squad that used the largest vehicle in the fleet.The vehicle is used for situations requiring specialized skills and equipment.
Safe Baby Havens
Tempe fire stations are considered Safe Baby Havens, a place where you can physically hand over your baby if it is a newborn up to 3-days-old.