FY 2022-23 Adopted Policy Budget


Mission Statement

The proud men and women of the Oakland Fire Department are committed to providing the highest quality and highest level of courteous and responsive services to the residents and visitors to Oakland.

This is accomplished by implementing comprehensive strategies and training in fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and all risk mitigation including human-caused and natural disasters, emergency preparedness, 9-1-1 services and community-based fire services.

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Public Safety & Violence Prevention

  1. Adds funding for radio equipment replacement. Firefighters and other Emergency First Responders use portable radio systems when navigating through the neighborhoods and hazardous area conditions caused by fire or other emergency incidents. Having the proper up to date forms of communication and the advanced signal connection can be a life-saving tool for a Firefighter on duty.
    • Equity Consideration: Every second counts when responding to major emergencies but especially when the individual or group already is subject to diminished life expectancies, greater health disparities, and who often live in substandard housing conditions. Responding crews stay in continuous contact with Dispatchers while in route, and Radio communication is a key factor in how responding units know what type of event or medical incident they are arriving to in real time.
  2. Adds 1.0 FTE Spatial Data Analyst III and 1.0 FTE Data Analyst II to the Fire Prevention Bureau to improve spatial analysis and non-spatial data analysis to enable fire prevention to effectively solve problems and make better decisions.
    • Equity Consideration: The effective analysis of spatial and demographic data is a key part of Oakland Fire Department's (OFD) Community Risk Reduction (CRR) efforts – which is the identification and prioritization of risks, threats, and hazards followed by the implementation and evaluation of strategies to lessen their impact. Assessing demographic and risk data will ensure that our most vulnerable populations are prioritized in hope of mitigating risk and hazards in those communities.
  3. The Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) Program is a community response program for non-violent, non-emergency 911 calls. The purpose of hiring MACRO staff is to meet the needs of the community with a compassionate care first response model grounded in empathy, service, and community. The program deletes 1.0 FTE Administrative Services Manager II and adds 1.0 FTE MACRO Program Manager, 2.0 FTE Fire Communications Dispatchers, 6.0 FTE Emergency Medical Technician (MACRO), 6.0 FTE Community Intervention Specialist (MACRO), 1.0 FTE Account Clerk III, 1.0 FTE Management Assistant, 0.5 FTE Program Analyst I, and 1.0 FTE Administrative Assistant I.
    • Equity Consideration: These MACRO positions are designed to support MACRO efforts to reduce responses by police, resulting in fewer arrests and negative interactions, and increased access to community-based services and resources for impacted individuals and families, and most especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
  4. The permanent reopening of Station 2 will enhance OFD’s overall span of control and expand the department’s response capacity for incidents at the Port, in the estuary, downtown and for areas below the train tracks, such as Jack London Square, West Oakland, Howard Terminal and the growing Brooklyn Basin neighborhood.
    • Equity Consideration: When opened, Station 2 would become a first due (1st assigned) engine company for several neighborhoods that have historically suffered severe health disparities.
  5. Add 29.0 FTE Fire Fighter Paramedics and funding for associated overtime and deletes 1.0 FTE Battalion Chief (104 Hr), 8.0 FTE Lieutenant of Fire Department, and 20.0 FTE Engineer of Fire Department (104 Hr). This is a budget neutral change.
    • Equity Consideration: This is a council amendment approved at budget adoption and an equity statement was not developed for this item.
  6. Adds $125,000 for Fire Safe Council grant.
    • Equity Consideration: This is a council amendment approved at budget adoption and an equity statement was not developed for this item.


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