FAQ - Englewood Fire Department
How many fire stations are there in Englewood?
Answer: There are three fire stations in Englewood. Station 21 is located at 555 W. Jefferson. Station 21 is home for the on-duty Battalion Chief (the shift commander), an engine company and fire medic company. Station 22 is located at 3075 S. Tejon. The department's heavy rescue engine is located at the Tejon Station, as is the department's hazardous materials response unit. Station 23 is located at 4830 S. Acoma. The Acoma fire station is home to the department's aerial apparatus, Squirt 23, as well as a fire medic unit. The Department's air compressor and light trailer and Utility 23 (the town vehicle) are also found at Station 23.
How many firefighters are on duty each day?
Answer: The fire department is made up of three shifts of 17 personnel each. These firefighters staff three stations and six fire vehicles each day of the year. Because it takes a minimum of 14 personnel to staff the stations and equipment, the number of firefighters on duty ranges from 14 to 17. The extra firefighters on each shift allows the department to maintain minimum staff levels when employees take vacations, are sick or on special assignments. Even with the extra firefighters, the department has to hire overtime firefighters to maintain its staff at times.
What hours do the Englewood Firefighters work?
Answer: Englewood firefighters work 24 hour shifts. They come to work at 7:00 a.m. one morning and go off-duty at 7:00 a.m. the next. They do this for three work shifts and then have a 96-hour break. This is the most economical method that has been found to staff fire equipment for 24 hour periods of time. During their work day, firefighters perform station and equipment maintenance, participate in training drills, perform business fire inspections, deliver fire safety education messages to the commmunity, and maintain their physical fitness, in addition to responding to fire, medical and other emergencies.
Why does a fire engine go with the ambulance on a medical emergency?
Answer: Effectively managing the tasks required by a serious medical emergency takes several people. During a heart attack, for example, some firefighters are shuttling medical equipment and a stretcher from the truck to the location of the patient while another is getting medical history from the family or friends. Other firefighters are treating the patient by attaching oxygen, starting intravenous lines (IVs), performing an EKG and administering medication. The five firefighters that arrive with the fire engine and ambulance provide the optimum level of care to the citizens of Englewood during medical emergencies.
Why do the firefighters take a fire engine to the grocery store?
Answer: Englewood firefighters work 24 hour shifts. During their shift, they cannot go home or to a restaurant to have a meal, except under unusual circumstances. Occasionally, firefighters will use a restaurant for a meal if they have not had time to shop for their meals at the grocery store. Each day, the firefighters pool their own money to buy groceries for their duty shift and one or more of the firefighters fix meals for the rest while they are at the fire station. The firefighters take the fire engine with them to the store so they can respond, as a team, quickly from the store if they are called for an emergency response. The firefighters go everywhere together as a team when they are on duty, whether they are in the station or out, because this is how they are training to manage emergencies.
Who cleans the fire stations?
Answer: The firefighters perform normal house cleaning chores, such as vacuuming and emptying the trash, in the fire stations daily. Every Saturday, the firefighters perform a more in-depth cleaning.
Why are the trucks red?
Answer: Studies have shown that because people tend to think of fire trucks as "red", they tend to recognize them more readily when they are painted that color. Other colors have been shown to be more visible, yet people generally exercise more caution when they see a red truck vs. a lime green one, even when the lime green one is easier to see.
How many emergencies does the Englewood Fire Department respond to in a year?
The City of Englewood is a small city; however, it is a very busy city for its size with many people passing through on their way to work and other locations every day. Per square mile of area, and per capita population, the Englewood Fire Department is one of the busiest fire departments in the nation. In 2012, the department responded to 4,436 emergencies, or a little over 12 responses per day. Medical emergencies account for approximately 80% of those responses; approximately 2% are structure fires, and the remaining 18% are a mix of other types of emergencies.
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