About Tucson Fire Department

Overview of TFD

The goal of the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is to minimize the loss of life and property from the effects of fire, medical, or other emergencies, and to render assistance as required.

Inherent in this goal is the desire to protect and enhance the quality of life of our citizens and community by responding quickly, performing with excellence, serving at every opportunity, and providing public education with special emphasis on programs for children. All emergency and non-emergency services are developed, maintained, and provided by highly trained professionals dedicated to excellence.

In order to carry out its mission effectively, The Fire Chief provides direction and policy to the entire Department.  The Tucson Fire Department is organized into three bureaus: Operations, Business Services and Community Risk Reduction, and Administrative and Personnel Services. TFD also has a Capital Projects division that reports to the Office of the Fire Chief.

The Operations Bureau consists of 4 divisions, these include:

  • Fire Operations
  • Emergency Management/Homeland Security
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Special Operations

The Business Services and Community Risk Reduction Bureau consists of 4 divisions, these include:

  • Emergency 911 Communications
  • Fire Logistics and Fleet Management
  • Fire Prevention
  • Community Risk Reduction and Public Education

The Administrative and Personnel Services Bureau consists of 4 divisions, these include:

  • Finance, Budget, Cost Recovery
  • Human Resources, Payroll
  • Training
  • Safety and Wellness

The Capital Projects division is in charge of remodeling stations and building new stations. Click here to learn more!

The Role of Firefighter

Fire Department members play a vital role in our community. Tucson firefighters respond to emergencies as part of a team trained to protect the lives and property of citizens. This highly skilled work includes:

  • Firefighting
  • Patient care during medical emergencies
  • Technical rescue
  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Other service-oriented calls

Tucson firefighters educate the public in the areas of fire safety and fire prevention. Tucson firefighters also enforce building codes designed to provide a safer environment for all.

These tasks may be performed under extreme and adverse conditions requiring strong mental and physical conditioning. Other duties include care and maintenance of fire department property and equipment, occupancy inspections, pre-fire plans, training and physical fitness.

As one of TFD's firefighters you will develop the confidence and ability needed to perform effectively in emergency situations. You will be an integral part of a dedicated team. Most importantly, you will be called upon to save the lives and property of your fellow citizens. You will make a difference. There is no more rewarding feeling.