Fire Suppression

The Fire Fighting Division provides the community fire fighting, emergency medical service, emergency rescue, and response to chemical emergencies. This division is staffed by 24 fire fighters who operate three twenty-four hour work shifts that provide around the clock protection with each shift under the command of an on duty captain.

Primary Function
The primary function of the fire fighting division is to respond to fires in an effort to rescue those people who are trapped or endangered by the fire, and then to extinguish the flames. This directly supports the department's goal, which is to protect lives and property.
Firefighter Approaching House Fire
The basic working unit of the fire service is a fire company, and in Bay City 24 fire fighters operate four engine companies, an aerial company, from four fire stations located strategically in the city to provide the best possible response time.

The primary function of the four engine companies is to attack and extinguish fires. Each of these companies operates a fire pumper that is equipped with a 1,250 gallon per minute fire pump, fire hose, and a water tank. The current front line pumpers each carry one thousand gallons of water. This water allows the company to extinguish small fires without using a fire hydrant, or to make a quick attack on larger fires while another engine supplies water from a fire hydrant.