Summary of Services
The Tallahassee Fire Department (TFD) is the municipal fire service provider for the City of Tallahassee and Leon County. TFD’s primary function is to minimize the impact of events that threaten the safety of residents and visitors. TFD is an entity of the government of the City of Tallahassee and is funded through the assessment of fire service fees and contractual service agreements with Leon County.
TFD provides the City of Tallahassee and Leon County with fire suppression, specialized hazardous material response, emergency management, and facilities security. TFD also provides urban search and rescue, technical rescue, vehicle extrication, emergency medical care, fire safety, code compliance review and enforcement, and public education services. Beyond Leon County, the department also provides emergency response via mutual aid to communities in the surrounding area.
The Logistics Division supports the mission of the Tallahassee Fire Department by providing support services for fire suppression, hazardous material, and rescue operations. Personnel within the Prevention Division interact with local businesses to implement and administer fire safety measures for the public and employees in the establishments. Fire inspectors assess and monitor each building for compliance with National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) codes.
Training is instrumental in developing and advancing Fire Suppression & Rescue personnel, and TFD’s curriculum emphasizes customer service and professional fire service advancement. TFD achieves this by coordinating and delivering in-service training through practical skills activities, classroom work, and an online curriculum.
Within TFD, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) measures for trauma care, cardiac and stroke care, CPR, advanced first aid, childbirth, and basic medication administration. These skills allow a BLS provider to stabilize a patient until Advanced Life Support (ALS) care arrives or until a patient is transported to a hospital for further medical care. TFD’s Paramedics are ALS certified and responsible for managing the emergency medical scene according to protocol and directing operations inside of the medical transport unit en route to the hospital.
•The Tallahassee Fire Department will continue to provide outstanding services to the community at their current staffing level.
•The City and County are currently engaged in a joint fire services fee study and will present recommendations during the FY24 budget development process for any fee adjustments to be made in FY24 or subsequent years.
Personnel costs for the upcoming Fire Station 17 are budgeted beginning in FY24.
The current collective bargaining agreement between the City and the International Association of Fire Fighters will expire at the end of FY23. A new agreement will affect personnel costs for future years.
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