The Operations Division provides emergency and non-emergency services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Division consists of Maintenance, Training, EMS and Wildland Fire.
Firefighters respond to calls for assistance from our three fire stations which are located throughout the Fairmount Fire District. In 2014 we responded to 745 incidents. These calls consisted of everything from fires to cardiac arrests, odor investigations to patient assists, and children locked in vehicles. While not answering calls, firefighters are busy training, conducting fire prevention inspections, presenting public education programs, performing equipment and station maintenance, and participating in physical fitness exercises. Fairmount firefighters are divided into three shifts, with each shift working 48 hours at a time. The 48/96 shifts are 48 hours on and 96 hours off. Shift begins at 7:00 am and ends at 7:00 am two days later.
Firefighters work, eat and sleep at the fire station during their 48-hour shift. During a typical shift firefighters start their day by checking their emergency equipment to ensure that everything is in proper working order from their personal protective clothing to every piece of equipment on their emergency apparatus, and the apparatus itself. Housekeeping duties are addressed, and though not as exciting as other duties, your firefighters are proud of their fire stations and keep them in top shape.
There are 15 career paid firefighters assigned to shifts with 5 personnel on each shift between two staffed stations. Up to 50 volunteer firefighters make up the larger part of the department allowing for additional coverage and staffing of our third station when needed. All firefighters are trained and certified to meet the State of Colorado and national requirements for being a firefighter, Wildland Firefighter or Emergency Medical Responder.