Division Chief Clay Smith oversees the Support Services Division. This element of the department encompasses several areas that are vital to the department mission. These are as follows:
- Fire Prevention: The Fire Prevention Bureau is that part of a fire department that provides an increased degree of fire and life safety to the citizens of the community through the application and enforcement of building and fire regulations and statutes. Staffing includes one Battalion Chief, two Captains (Prevention Officers/Fire Investigators), four Fire Inspectors and one Office Assitant III. Proper fire prevention has a direct impact on the frequency, severity, economic impact and loss of life caused by fires regardless of cause. The majority of fires having large losses of life in the United States had a direct connection to uses or practices that could have been prevented through an effective fire prevention program. Our bottom line is to save lives and property and prevent needless injuries. Fire Prevention has three basic elements; Enforcement, Education and Engineering.
- Training & Safety: The Training & Safety Bureau is responsible for the overall training of all personnel. Staffing includes one Battalion Chief, two Captains (Training/Safety Officers), one Office Assistant II. Company Officers (Captains or Lieutenants) from the field serve on cadres for various subjects. Training is provided on topics ranging from Structural, wildland, and other types of firefighting, Emergency Medical Care, Driver/Operator and Officer Development. Special Operations training includes Hazardous Materials response, and Technical Rescue Operations. The Bureau is also responsible for maintaining the department’s training records and certification tracking system, coordinating the HR functions for 360 Extra Help firefighters, coordinating the efforts of the Standards and Safety committees, and management of the Injury & Illness Prevention Program.
- Supply center: The Supply Center is staffed by two Supply Officers, who order, deliver, and maintain an extensive inventory of supplies to support the logistical needs of the fire department. Specialized fire fighting equipment, personal protective equipment and household supplies are delivered to fire stations as needed. In addition, Supply Officers provide support to on scene firefighters at the scene of extended incidents with food and drinks for nutrition and hydration. Supply vehicles are always ready to respond and assist on scene personnel with Ice Chests, Shade Shelters, and Cooling fans as required by OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Plans.
- Fire Communications Center: The Fire Communications Center "FireComm" is staffed with eight full time employees and a varying number of extra help dispatchers. FireComm personnel perform emergency dispatching services for the Tulare County Fire Department (FD), Woodlake Fire Protection District, City of Farmersville FD, City of Exeter FD, Tule Indian Reservation Fire Dept., Camp Nelson Volunteer Ambulance and the California Hot Springs Ambulance. On an average year, FireComm dispatches approximately 12,000 incidents. The FireComm supervisor is also responsible for inventory of radio equipment and repair coordination of mobile radios, portable radios and mountain top repeaters.
- Fleet Maintenance Liason: The automotive shop is staffed with Resource Management Agency (RMA) shop staff. This staff is responsible for repair and maintenance of 84 vehicles ranging from large aerial fire fighting apparatus to light duty utility vehicles. While there are still a couple of in-service fire apparatus that date back to the 1980’s, great progress is being made in reducing the average of the mobile fire fleet.