The mission of the Patterson Fire Department (PFD) is to protect life and property by providing all-risk emergency services to the citizens of our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The Operations Division is responsible for providing a coordinated and organized response to emergencies and other requests for service. The division is comprised of emergency response personnel and equipment. The daily emergency response staffing for the entire City is 6 personnel. This staffing includes a Chief Officer, 2 Captains, 2 Engineers/Firefighters and one Firefighter/Paramedic.
The City provides a full range of emergency responses services including but not limited to: emergency medical services, structural fire suppression, wildland urban interface fire suppression, hazardous materials incidents, Urban Search and Rescue, water rescue, vehicle extrication, technical rescue as well as basic life support medical services.
Emergency response personnel respond to almost 1,300 incidents annually, of which approximately 80% are medical in nature, ranging from motor vehicle accidents and elderly falls to childbirths and heart attacks. All City of Patterson Fire Department emergency response personnel are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's). EMT's provide Basic Life Support (BLS). EMT's interpret signs and symptoms of injury and disease, and determine the appropriate course of treatment. EMTs are trained to provide Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automatic External Defibrillation (AED), administer oxygen, control bleeding, perform spinal immobilization, splint fractures, as well as any rescue functions needed to free a trapped victim. Additionally, as of 2016, Advanced Life Support (ALS) is provided through our Firefighter/Paramedics.
The Operations Division often provides non-emergency customer service when there is no other public agency or private firm willing or available to assist. The Operations Division also conducts routine fire inspections on buildings in the City as well as servicing and testing the cities nearly 900 fire hydrants.
The Training Division provides training and proficiency testing in various areas such as fire suppression, emergency medical care, infection control, hazardous materials response, technical rescue, fire prevention and fire code enforcement. The Training Division also delivers several State and Federal certified training programs throughout the year which are open to other outside local agencies.
The Training Division has management oversight for Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue Responses and the Water Rescue Team. City-Wide emergency preparedness is also supported as needed by the Training Division.The Training Division is also responsible for the development and implementation of health and safety programs, including compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations.
The Training Division maintains the Fire Training Center which is co-located with Fire Station #2. Commonly referred to as the "Tower", this facility has a five story training tower, confined space props, hazardous materials props such as above ground storage tanks, auto extrication area, and classroom facilities. Feel free to contact us for additional information.