The Fire and EMS Department provides fire suppression, emergency medical services (EMS),
homeland security and special operations response – collectively known as all-hazards protection
– for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia from thirty three (33) neighborhood fire
stations that deploy thirty nine (39) EMS transport units (ambulances), thirty three (33) engine
companies, sixteen (16) ladder trucks, three (3) heavy-rescue squads, one (1) hazardous materials
unit and one (1) fire boat company. Fourteen (14) of these transport units and twenty (20) of
these engine companies are staffed by paramedics providing advanced life support (ALS) care.
The Department responds to more than 120,000 911 calls each year and transports more than
80,000 patients to local hospitals. Fire and EMS also provides services for special events unique
to the nation’s capital, such as demonstrations, public gatherings and presidential inaugurations.
Additionally, our Department provides fire suppression and emergency medical protection for
presidential motorcades and helicopter landings.
Supporting all-hazards District-wide protection is a business model emphasizing timely,
resourceful, efficient and effective combinations of programs, people, equipment and mobile
technology delivered at an individual, neighborhood, and community level. Fire and EMS is
responsible for the internal training and development, along with human resources
administration, for more than 2,000 employees. Our fire and life safety inspection, education and
intervention programs touch more than 10,000 District residents each year through community
presentations, smoke alarm installations, health status/disease prevention screenings, car seat
installations and CPR instruction. The Department’s cost recovery programs for ambulance
transport, along with fire prevention fees and permits create $16 million in annual revenue.>> more