Today the Fire Department has four fire stations. Together our employees provide fire protection and emergency medical services for a population of approximately 65,000 in a 24-square-mile area. The Department responds to over 6,000 requests for service annually, an average of 16.4 per day.
Fire Chief Ron Phillips currently leads the Fire Department. Emergency Operations are managed by Division Chiefs who are responsible for an entire shift, including staff at all four fire stations. Captains are in charge of each individual station and the personnel working there. Engineers drive and operate various types of equipment at the fire or medical scene. The largest concentration of personnel is the Firefighters. Folsom’s Fire Department also has Paramedics who work on both ambulances and fire apparatus to provide care to the sick and injured. The Department responds to fire, paramedic, and public assistance calls utilizing fire engines, a truck company, grass units, an air unit and paramedic ambulances.
Shift personnel work 24-hour shifts, averaging 10 workdays per month, to ensure a constant emergency response capability. There are approximately 18 personnel on each shift, including supervising officers. During the shift, personnel perform various duties when not responding to emergencies. Some of the duties include verifying that equipment is ready for emergency response, performing equipment maintenance, and training.
The Folsom Fire Department also has a special operations medic team that is highly visible at special events. This team uses a Yamaha Rhino that provides rapid access to ill or injured persons prior to the arrival of responding personnel, especially in areas that are congested and/or difficult to access.
Fire Department leadership and staff work closely with other City departments on a daily basis, and during times of crisis, for the benefit of all community residents. In addition, the Department is a member of a joint, county-wide communications center, and responds to emergencies in other jurisdictions when needed.