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 six fire stations housing eight engine companies, two ladder companies, one scene support and one deputy chief. 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 2016, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue units responded to 28,720 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. TFMRD'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 TFMRD’s 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) - CARE 7 provides 24-hour, on-scene, crisis intervention services to the Tempe community. CARE 7 responds out with Tempe Fire Medical Rescue and/or the Tempe Police Department to assist on scene of 911 calls. The team responds to traumatic incidents, sexual assaults, deaths, domestic violence incidents, house fires, serious injury accidents, incidents related to mental illness or substance abuse issues, completed or attempted suicides, drownings, homicides, overdoses, and other crime calls. While on scene, CARE 7 is able to fully focus on the emotional and practical needs of the family/individual in crisis while the Police and Fire personnel attend to law enforcement, medical emergency, and fire suppression needs. After a crisis, CARE 7 provides on-going assistance to crime victims and veterans and the program offers counseling to complete the continuum of care for Tempe residents. For more information on CARE 7, please call 480-350-8004.