Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Administration Division is responsible for the overall coordination and direction of the department. The command staff is composed of the Fire Chief, Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal and three Battalion Chiefs. The Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal oversees the operational activities of the department, and in the absence of the Fire Chief takes overall charge of the department. In addition, the Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal is responsible for all prevention activities. Each of the three Battalion Chiefs command a suppression platoon comprised of six captains, six engineers, seven paramedic/firefighters and four firefighters.
Communications is a small section under supervision of the Fire Chief. Its personnel consist of a Communications Supervisor and a Communication Technician. The various duties of the Communications Section are to install,maintain, repair, and keep records (including FCC licenses) of all City-owned communications and electronic equipment. This consists primarily of two-way mobile and portable radios, base stations, repeaters, monitors,scanners, pagers, amplifiers, public address systems, electronic sirens, microcomputers and associated peripherals, mainframe computer cabling, closed circuit TV monitors and cameras, televisions, VCR's, a Satellite TVRO system, the Dispatch Center, and other miscellaneous electronic equipment.
The Communications Division also maintains the City telephone system, including electronic switches, key systems, and approximately 500+ telephones. All telephone moves, adds and changes, including voice mail management and back-ups, are handled by this section.