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Fire Admin. Division : Fire Rescue Division

Assistant Chief Jim Self

The Fire Rescue Division is the single largest division in the Arlington Fire Department (AFD) and is comprised of the resources typically associated with fire department emergency service delivery and operations.

Fire Rescue Division consists of 17 fire stations working on a three shift system designated as A, B and C shifts.  Each shift works on a rotating bases of 24 hours on and 48 hours off.  The City of Arlington is divided into two Battalions consisting of 8-9 stations per Battalion.  Each Battalion is managed by a Deputy Chief or Battalion Chief who oversees the day-to-day activities, responds to major incidents, and works to facilitate concurrent activities to support the leadership of the organization.  Minimum staffing for AFD Engines and Aerial Trucks is typically three to four personnel, and 2 staffed on the two Light Rescue Vehicles (Squads).
Of the 17 fire stations, five of those are considered “double company” stations.  This means that these five stations house an aerial truck and an engine.  Each double company station is staffed with two officers, a Captain and a Lieutenant.  The Captains are also charged with managing 2-3 single company stations located in close proximity to their double company station.  A single company station houses an engine company or an engine company and a squad.  These are known as Sectors.  The Captain works closely with the Company Officers in his/her Sector to coordinate training and member development.
The two Battalions are managed by a Shift Commander who holds the rank of Deputy Chief.  The Shift Commander performs a more administrative role working closely with the Assistant Chief of Fire Rescue, to maintain consistency in the two Battalions and across the shifts.  Their tasks are also more inter-governmental providing a 24-hour, 365-day contact point for the Fire Rescue Division.  Shift Commanders respond to multi-alarm incidents and may assume Command from the Incident Commander if needed.
All Fire Rescue members are certified to at least the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Intermediate level, while approximately half the personnel are EMT-Paramedics. The Fire Rescue Division provides advanced life support medical care in association with American Medical Response, which staffs the ambulances within the city.
Fire Rescue members are certified in a variety of disciplines, including Structural Firefighting, Hazardous Materials Technicians, Driver/Pump Operator, Confined Space rescue, Swiftwater rescue, Dive Recovery, High Angle rescue, Trench rescue, Fire Instructor and Advanced Fire Officer.
The Fire Rescue Division engages with various emergency response networks within the region. These include the web of mutual and automatic aid agreements used on a daily basis. The division manages all incidents within the National Incident Management System. The Fire Rescue division takes pride in being prepared for all hazards and capable to respond in any environment.

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