FIRE OPERATIONS DIVISION
The primary role of the Fire Operations Division is to support the Tule River Fire Department mission statement by ensuring that the department runs efficiently, personnel have the required and necessary tools and equipment to provide the service the community expects of its fire department. To accomplish this, the Fire Operations Division consists of a Fire Chief, Battalion Chief, and one support staff member on an administrative schedule. The station is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with three shifts of four; each shift (A,B & C) are comprised of a Fire Captain, Fire Apparatus Engineer and two Firefighters on a 48/96 schedule.
The first out response vehicles are a 2011 Pierce PUC Type 1 fire apparatus, a 2010 Type 2 BLS ambulance, a 2008 Type 4 Patrol, and a 2015 Polaris Ranger Rapid Response ATV. We have a reserve 1990 Type 2 FMC fire apparatus, a reserve Type 2 BLS ambulance.
TRFD provides response to virtually every conceivable type of emergency situation. The “ALL RISK” emergency response functions include:
- Fire Suppression: Structural, Wildland, Vehicle, Agricultural and other type of fires.
- Emergency Medical Services: Life Threatening and Emergency Medical Assists, Traffic and Industrial Accidents.
- Rescue: Water Rescue, Trench Rescue, Structural Collapse, and Rope Rescue.
- Hazardous Conditions: Flammable/Chemical Spills and Leaks, Electrical, Flood and Severe Weather emergencies.
- Service Calls: Other requests for public assistance including Lock Outs, Lift Assists, event standby’s, etc.
Response Times are judged based on the location of the incident and other incidents occurring simultaneously. The department provides emergency services on the Reservation, which is approximately 90 square miles. The Tule River Fire Department also provides services to Tulare County residents neighboring the Reservation through mutual and automatic aid contracts. The department standard for enrollee time is 1 minute during normal business hours 8am-8pm and 3 minutes after 8pm.