The Alameda Fire Department's primary mission is to protect life, property and the environment. In addition, the Department is organized to protect the economic base of the City from conflagration and other disasters. Fire suppression operations are delivered from four fire stations strategically located throughout the City. Daily fire companies respond with four fire engines (link to fire engine definition), two fire trucks (link), three ambulances (link), and one Division Chief vehicle. These vehicles make up the daily complement assigned to the stations for response to fire calls.
On a first alarm assignment for a structure fire, a response includes 3 engines, 2 trucks, 1 ambulance and the Division Chief vehicle. A minimum of 18 fire personnel are assigned to a first alarm incident. Additional alarms, due to size, location, and safety concerns, may be requested by the Incident Commander. When this occurs it entails bringing all available Alameda Fire units to the scene and/or requesting mutual aid from other local fire departments.
Other responses for fire suppression include vehicle fires, vegetation fires, outdoor fires, trash fires, and ship/boat fires. The Fire Department also responds to mutual aid calls from other jurisdictions within the County and the State. Calls for mutual aid can also be for wildland fires, which requires additional training and personal protective equipment. Wildland mutual aid responses often take our firefighters out of Alameda for up to 2 weeks at a time.