Fire Operations

Fire Operations manages an effective fire suppression program that is able to provide protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, due to a constant state of readiness, aggressive fire prevention, pre-fire planning, and effective response force to serve our community. The areas of responsibility in Fire Operations include Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Training & Safety, Type 1 Urban Search and Rescue for Cal OES Region 1.

Fire Operations has a unique working schedule that consist of rotating 24-hour shifts that are divided into 3 platoons A, B, C. Under the direction of the Deputy Fire Chief of Operations there are 49 positions that consist of Fire Captains, Fire Engineers, Firefighters per shift on any given day and one platoon commander (Battalion Chief) per shift that are centrally located in 8 fire stations throughout the city.

Fire Operations has 8 engines that are capable of carrying 500 gallons of water, 2 trucks that are tiller-driven aerials with 100-foot aerial ladders, 5 rescue ambulances that are staffed with 2 firefighter paramedics, Type-1 Heavy Urban Search and Rescue that requires 6 personnel per shift , water tender truck, brush patrol vehicle, strike team command vehicle, jumper support vehicle. There is also in reserves 4 engines, a reserve truck, 7 reserve rescue ambulances, and a reserve command vehicle.

Performs all duties related to emergency response (fire, rescue, medical, and hazard abatement), non- emergency service calls, fire prevention and public education programs, in-service training for all personnel, and maintains fire station apparatus, quarters grounds, and equipment.

Provides 24 hour emergency paramedic ambulance response; treatment and transportation of ill and injured in Pasadena; planning and staffing of medical coverage for special events; and related activities. Emergency medical response is performed together with Fire Operations.


Rescue Ambulances or RA’s are dispatched through the 9-1-1 system and are staffed by Firefighter \ Paramedics who are licensed by the State of California and accredited by the Los Angeles County EMS (Emergency Medical Service) Authority. In the City of Pasadena, a 911 call for medical assistance receives a paramedic ambulance and a fire engine or truck, whichever is closest. This level of response provides a minimum of two paramedics and four firefighters to every call for service, which exceeds the minimum national standards for medical incidents. In addition to the four paramedic rescue ambulances, Pasadena Fire also provides four reserve ambulances available for immediate use, and has at least one paramedic assigned to every engine and truck company, commonly referred to as ”Assessment” units. Currently Pasadena Fire has eight Assessment engines and two Assessment truck companies strategically located throughout the city. This provides a third paramedic at the scene to assist with advanced life support. Assessment personnel can initiate advanced life support procedures prior to rescue ambulance arrival.

The County of Los Angeles regulates the ambulance industry and sets the mandated rates, which include a base rate, mileage and disposable medical supplies. For more information, call (626) 744-4655.


The Pasadena Fire Department is looking for volunteers that are currently certified as EMT-1A to apply to our Emergency Medical Reserves program. This program augments EMS service in that the “EMSR” rides as the third person to assist paramedics in the field, and at special events such as the Rose Bowl games and Rose Parade. If you are interested in the valuable program please email

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The following individual is responsible for all aspects of the Pasadena Fire Department’s (PFD) HIPAA Compliance and should be contacted whenever an issue arises involving the privacy or security of Protected Health Information (PHI) created, received, transmitted and maintained by PFD.  This person is the primary point of contact regarding all HIPAA- related inquiries or complaints, and all parties requesting PHI or with questions regarding the use of disclosure of PHI of PFD should be referred to this individual.  All known and suspected breaches of unsecured PHI shall be reported to this individual, as well as any known or suspected violations of PFD’s HIPAA policies and procedures:

Battalion Chief Mike Barilla
215 N. Marengo Avenue, Suite 195
Pasadena, CA  91101


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Provides the support, oversight and coordination of training plans, exercises, curriculum and delivery methods that are in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, the California Code of Regulations, FIRESCOPE and National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards and recommendations.

California Regional Task Force 4 logoUrban Search and Rescue Team are experts in the fields of collapsed building, trench and confined space rescue. The team is rated as a Type 1 Heavy Rescue, which is the highest standard for Urban Search & Rescue that receive certification from the State of California Office of Emergency Services.

The team operates out of Pasadena Fire Station #32

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Pasadena Fire Department provides and operates multiple public education programs for the community. Keeping our neighborhoods safe is a top priority of the City of Pasadena and public safety is the paramount duty of the Pasadena Fire Department. We are dedicated to ensuring every city resident is safe at home, at work and at school.