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Battalion 271: Tempe Fire Medical Rescue
In the metro-Phoenix area, the City of Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department 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 271 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 is 271.
Fire Station 1 (271)
Address: 1450 E. Apache Blvd.
Cross Streets: E. Apache Blvd. & S. McClintock Dr.
Fire Station 2 (272)
Address: 3025 S. Hardy Drive
Cross Streets: S. Hardy Drive & W. Southern Avenue
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 two firefighter crews.
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 Drive
Cross streets: S. McClintock Drive & E. Baseline Road
Built in 1975, this two-story building has three bays and living quarters for nine housing two firefighter crews.
Fire Station 4 (274)
Address: 300 E. Elliot Road
Cross streets: E. Elliot & S. Rural roads
Fire Station 5 (275)
Address: 723 E. Curry Road
Cross streets: N. Scottsdale & E. Curry roads
This one-story building was completed in 1994 and has two bays and living quarters for a firefighter crew. Water emergencies at Tempe Town Lake will typically see a response from this station.
Fire Station 6 (276)
Address: 655 S. Ash Avenue
Cross streets: Ash Avenue & W. University Road
Fire Station 7 (277)
Address: 8707 S. McClintock Drive
Cross streets: S. McClintock Drive & E. Warner Road
Fire Station 7, which will reside in Estrada Park and began construction spring 2018 and is expected to be completed by summer 2019. The 10,699-sq. ft. building will hold three bays and living quarters for 12 staff.
We are 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.
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 firefighter/paramedics while remaining members are firefighter/EMTs (emergency medical technicians)
Captain - ranking member of the firefighter crew.
Firefighter – responds to all-hazards from fighting fires to emergency medical calls.
- Firefighter/Paramedic – a firefighter who provides advanced life support.
- Firefighter/EMT - firefighter who provides basic life support.
Fire Engineer – firefighter designated to drive vehicles and who also operates the water pump and aerial ladder.
The two-person teams that provide emergency ground transportation are in non firefighter positions:
Paramedic – does not respond to all-hazards call but is a civilian position that provides advanced 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 (fireboat) 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 non life-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.