Chris Bump, Assistant Chief
The Operations Division is comprised of the District’s emergency response personnel and equipment. The daily emergency response staffing for the entire fire district is 48 personnel. This staffing includes (6) Battalion Chiefs, (13) 2 – 3 Person Engine Companies, (1) 3 Person Truck Company, (1) Medium Rescue Unit, Water Tenders and Patrols housed in 13 full time fire stations. The District provides a full range of emergency responses services including but not limited to, structural fire suppression, wildland fire suppression, response to hazardous materials incidents, Urban Search and Rescue, water rescue, vehicle extrication, technical rescue as well as basic life support medical services. Fire District emergency response personnel respond to over 14,700 incidents annually, of which approximately 8,000 or 68% are medical in nature, ranging from motor vehicle accidents and elderly falls to childbirths and heart attacks. All Fresno County Fire District personnel are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTDs). EMTD’s provide Basic Life Support (BLS). EMTs interpret signs and symptoms of injury and disease, and determine the appropriate course of treatment. EMTs are trained to provide Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, administer oxygen, control bleeding, perform spinal immobilization, splint fractures, as well as any rescue functions needed to free a trapped victim. When a medical emergency is reported via 911, the closest Engine Company is dispatched in conjunction with the private ambulance provider. The intent is to get the closest available resource to the patient as soon as possible, so the appropriate medical treatment can be given.
In addition to the ambulances the District utilizes the services of private air ambulances (helicopters) to transport severely injured or burned patients to the appropriate hospital.
Specialized/Technical Rescue Program
Specialized/Technical Rescue consists of High Angle, Confined Space or Trench rescue, all of which are performed under government regulation. Each of these rescues requires extremely high levels of training. The Fresno County Fire District’s Ladder Truck & Rescue Unit have been equipped to meet the state standard of “medium rescue” capabilities. A specially designed Rescue Unit & Trench Trailer carries a cache of US&R equipment.