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Division I - Operations

Duties and Procedures

The Operations Division oversees the emergency response services for all citizens who live in, work or visit the City of Springfield, Illinois. Operation’s Divisions members account for approximately 90% of all Fire Department manning and respond to all calls for emergency services, technical rescue responses, hazardous material incidents and water rescues. We also respond to all mutual aid calls with our surrounding communities. As a member of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 48 and can also be dispatched for in-state or nation wide deployment if the need arise. In 2022 The Springfield Fire Department responded to 22788 calls for service.

The makeup of response companies is as follows:

  • 2 Battalion Chiefs who perform Incident Command at all emergency scenes and oversee all actions and training assigned to their respective Battalions.
  • 3 Truck Companies who are assigned for search and rescue, forcible entry, extrications, and special operations for tactical support.
  • 12 Engine companies who are assigned for fire suppression, extrication, emergency medical services and special operations tactical support.

The Operations Division is also tasked with daily duties which include:

  • All Division 1 correspondence from reply messages to time off request.
  • Maintain and upgrade all equipment – Defibrillators, Suction units, Thermal Imaging Cameras, CO monitors and Four Gas monitors.
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Uniforms
  • Emergency Medical Supplies
  • Station House maintenance and supplies.
  • Design and specification of any new fire apparatus and houses.