Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department services include emergency medical, fire suppression, hazardous materials response, technical rescue, fire prevention, public education and organization-wide disaster preparedness activities.
Tempe has seven fire stations housing eight engine companies, two ladder companies, one low acuity vehicle, four ambulances, one scene support and one battalion chief vehicle. Each of the ladder and engine companies are staffed around the clock with four firefighters. All firefighters are certified paramedic or emergency medical technicians and hazardous materials first responders.
In 2017, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue units responded to 27,144 calls for service. All signalized intersections are equipped with traffic signal preemption, which allows fire vehicles to control traffic signals during emergency response, thus enhancing response safety for our citizens.
Our department, in conjunction with Phoenix Fire Regional Dispatch and 26 other cities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, utilize GPS that allows us to dispatch the closest unit to an incident. This technology pinpoints fire trucks to within ten feet of their actual location, thereby providing the quickest response to residents in our system.
Fire Suppression - Firefighting is one of the most dangerous and rewarding responsibilities undertaken by the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department. The department's priorities when fighting fire are to first search for and rescue anyone who may be threatened by fire, second is to stop the spread and extinguish the fire, and third is to save as much property as possible through property conservation techniques.Typical daily duties for firefighters include: responding to a wide variety of emergent calls for service: continuing education in medical, fire, and special hazards related disciplines; training on various tasks that may be required to mitigate an emergency, including search and rescue, fire suppression, raising ladders, and extending hose line; maintenance of firefighting equipment, apparatus, and fire stations; and public education efforts in schools. Firefighters also perform inspections on commercial buildings. This assists the Fire Marshal's Office in keeping existing buildings up to code while aiding the firefighters in knowing what types of buildings are in their areas of responsibility.
Emergency Medical Services - Medical incidents comprise over 80 percent of calls for service. All Tempe firefighters are medically trained professionals. The goal of the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department’s emergency medical service is to save lives, reduce suffering and speed recovery from injury and illness by delivering basic life support and advanced life support pre-hospital care medical services through firefighter/EMTs and firefighter/paramedics, as well as transportation throughout the community.
EMS Bike Teams - The bike team plays an important role they provide paramedic level medical services at special events where they can easily maneuver their bicycles through crowded streets.
Hazardous Materials Response Team - Several personnel are certified as hazardous materials technicians and are assigned to Station #2. The department maintains a Hazardous Materials Response Team which is staffed by on-duty personnel who have the most current detection and identification equipment and protective clothing available. Members must attend and successfully complete a 200-hour training course prior to certification as a Hazardous Materials Technician and attend approximately 50 hours of continuing education every year.
Technical Rescue Team - The Technical Rescue Team is trained for all types of rescue incidents. The team has an extensive amount of equipment to perform rescues involving confined spaces, high angle/low angle rope rescues from rough terrain, trench rescues, structural collapses, swift water rescues, and industrial accidents. This team has the capability to respond to submersion incidents requiring SCUBA response. They are trained and certified as ERDI Public Safety Divers. Members must attend and successfully complete a 200-hour training course prior to certification as a Technical Rescue Technician and attend approximately 50 hours of continuing education each year.
Fire Investigation - Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department is the lead agency for delivering fire investigation services to the City of Tempe. All fires are investigated for cause and origin. Suspicious fires, or fires that are determined to be arson, are investigated by one of our staff of four trained investigators in partnership with the Tempe Police Department and County Attorney's Office. Arson cases are diligently investigated and prosecuted. You can assist us by reporting Arson activity at 1-800-352-7766.
Crisis Assistance Response Effort (CARE 7)
The Human Services Department has a 24-hour, on-scene, crisis intervention team called CARE7 that works with Tempe Fire Medical Rescue and Police departments.