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.
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.
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.