Fire & Rescue

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The City of Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue (SFR) provides fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, advanced life support medical services, marine incident response, and fire prevention programs to over 97,000 residents. The protection is extended to many visitors to 14th largest city in the country. Founded as a volunteer force on October 5, 1884, the first paid crews began July, 1915 with six paid personnel. Today, the Suffolk Department of Fire & Rescue is a professional fire and rescue department of 316 firefighters, paramedics, officers and administrative staff. Annually, we respond to over 19,000 calls for service. The department staffs 9 fire stations that deploys 11 engine companies, 3 ladder companies, 1 heavy rescue company, 8 ALS ambulances (medics), 4 tankers, 4 brush trucks, a Regional Mobile Communications Bus, a Rehabilitation Bus, a mass casualty bus, and a Fire Boat.