Emergency Services

The Emergency Services Division consists of over 400 career fire officers and Extra Help Paid On Call personnel who provide services 24 hours per day, seven days a week, year round from 27 community based fire stations.  Tulare County Fire Department (TCFD) personnel respond to approximately 12,000 calls for service each year.

Services are provided to unincorporated communities, hamlets, and rural areas.  Contract Fire Protection Services are provided to the City of Exeter and The Strathmore Fire Protection District.  TCFD participates in the Statewide Mutual Aid system and maintains reciprocal agreements with local response organizations including incorporated Cities, neighboring Counties, and State & Federal Wildland agencies.

TCFD 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 fires.

Emergency Medical Services-

Life Threatening and Emergency Medical Assists, Traffic and Industrial Accidents.

Rescue-

Water Rescue, Trench Rescue, Structural Collapse, Rope Rescue

Hazardous Conditions-

Flammable/Chemical Spills & Leaks, Electrical & Flood & Severe Weather emergencies

Service Calls-

Other requests for public assistance including Lock Outs, Lift Assists etc.

Personnel Assigned Include:

1 Division Chief, 6 Battalion Chiefs, 24 Captains, 49 Lieutenants, and over 360 Extra Help Engineers & Firefighters.

Apparatus Assigned Include:

26 Fire Engines, 16 Brush Patrols, 6 Water Tenders, 2 Aerial Ladder Trucks, 7 Command & Utility vehicles, 2 Breathing Support Units, 1 Special Operations & 1 Rehab Squad.

Field Operations are divided into 2 Battalions and personnel are divided into 3 Platoons.