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San Francisco Fire Department

San Francisco Fire Department
Operational area
Country  United States
State  California
City San Francisco
Agency overview[1]
Established 1866
Annual calls 120,536 (2012)
Employees 1,449 (2012)
Annual budget $326,072,813 (2012)
Staffing Career
Fire chief Joanne Hayes-White
EMS level ALS & BLS
IAFF 798
Facilities and equipment[2]
Divisions 2
Battalions 9
Stations 44
Engines 44
Trucks 20
Ambulances 1
Tenders 1
Airport crash 4
Wildland 4 - mini-pumper
Fireboats 2
Official website
IAFF website

The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) provides fire and emergency medical services to the City and County of San Francisco, California.[3][4] The San Francisco Fire Department, along with the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Sheriff's Department, serves an estimated population of 1.4 million people, which includes the approximately 850,000 citizens residing in the 47.5 square miles (123 km2) of San Francisco (including Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco International Airport, and the Presidio of San Francisco/Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


Volunteer companies were first formed in the city in 1850, and a paid staff established in 1866. In 1906, the department was considered on a par with those of the larger cities on the East Coast, but found itself reduced to fighting the fire of 1906 in the quake aftermath with axes and shovels, as most of the city's water mains were broken and cisterns drained. Fire Chief Dennis T. Sullivan suffered mortal wounds in his home by a falling chimney early in the disaster and subsequently died in the hospital.



The Phoenix docked at Pier 22 12.

The SFFD has 2 fireboats that are docked at Pier 22 12. Fireboat 1, the Phoenix, was constructed in 1954 and is fitted with three deck monitors, a water town and two under pier monitors.[5] Fireboat 2, the Guardian, was constructed in 1950 and is the oldest fireboat in the fleet.[5] Both boats are 89-foot (27 m) and outfitted with two 500 horsepower (370 kW) engines giving them top speeds of 12.5 knots (14.4 mph; 23.2 km/h) (Guardian) and 15 knots (17 mph; 28 km/h) (Phoenix).

Stations and apparatus

Fireboat Guardian stands on alert status near the Bay Bridge.
SFFD Truck 3 operating at a fire in the Tenderloin.
The former Fire Station # 1, located on Howard Street
SFFD Engine 16, quartered in the Marina District
Two SFFD truck companies at the scene of a 4th-alarm fire on 41st Ave. in the Sunset District

Below is a full listing of all fire station and company locations in the City & County of San Francisco according to division and battalion.[6]

There are also three SFFD-operated Fire Stations located at the San Francisco International Airport in San Mateo County.
Neighborhood Engine Truck Special Command Bat. Div.
1 South of Market Engine 1 Truck 1 Rescue Squad 1 3 3
2 Chinatown Engine 2 Truck 2 Battalion 1 1 2
3 Tenderloin Engine 3 Truck 3 2 3
4 Mission Bay Engine 4 Truck 4 3 3
5 Fillmore District Engine 5 Truck 5 Light Rescue 5 Division 2 4 2
6 Lower Haight Engine 6 Truck 6 2 3
7 Mission District Engine 7 Truck 7 Rescue Squad 2, Light Rescue 7 Division 3 6 3
8 South Beach Engine 8 Truck 8 Battalion 3 3 3
9 Bernal Heights Engine 9 Truck 9 Battalion 10 10 3
10 Presidio Heights Engine 10 Truck 10 C.B.R.N.E. (HazMat) Unit 1 4 2
11 Noe Valley Engine 11 Truck 11 Battalion 6
Rescue Captain 3
6 3
12 Haight-Ashbury Engine 12 Truck 12 7 2
13 Financial District Engine 13 Truck 13 CO2 Unit 1 Rescue Captain 1 1 2
14 Outer Richmond Engine 14 Truck 14 7 2
15 Ingleside Engine 15 Truck 15 Battalion 9 9 3
16 Marina District, Marina Green
Fort Mason
Engine 16 Truck 16 Rescue Boat 1, Rescue Water Craft 1 & 2 4 2
17 Bayview-Hunters Point Engine 17 Truck 17 Portable Hydrant Tender 17 10 3
18 Outer Parkside Engine 18 Truck 18 Surf Rescue Unit 8 2
19 Stonestown Galleria
Fort Funston
Engine 19 Truck 19 HazMat Assist Trailer 8 2
20 Laguna Honda Reservoir Engine 20 Mobile Air Unit 1, Mobile Air Unit 2, Pollution Control Unit
Mobile Air Support Trailer 1, Mobile Air Support Trailer 2
8 2
21 Panhandle Engine 21 Attack Hose Tender 21, Utility Unit 1 2 3
22 Golden Gate Park Engine 22 Portable Hydrant Tender 22 7 2
23 Sunset District Engine 23 8 2
24 Dolores Heights Engine 24 6 3
25 Dog Patch Engine 25 Mini-Pumper 25, Multi-Casualty Unit 1 10 3
26 Glen Park Engine 26 6 3
28 North Beach Engine 28 1 2
29 Design District Engine 29 Decon. Unit 2 2 3
31 Inner Richmond Engine 31 Battalion 7
Rescue Captain 2
7 2
32 College Hill Engine 32 Mini-Pumper 32 6 3
33 Oceanview Engine 33 9 3
34 Lands End Engine 34 Cliff Rescue Unit 7 2
35 Pier 22 12 Engine 35 Fireboat 1 Phoenix, Fireboat 2 Guardian 3 3
36 Civic Center Engine 36 HazMat 1 Battalion 2 2 3
37 Potrero Hill Engine 37 10 3
38 Pacific Heights Engine 38 Mobile Command, Portable Hydrant Tender 38 Battalion 4 4 2
39 Forest Hill Engine 39 Multi-Casualty Unit 2 9 3
40 Inner Parkside Engine 40 Battalion 8 8 2
41 Nob Hill Engine 41 1 2
42 Portola Engine 42 Portable Hydrant Tender 42 10 3
43 Excelsior Engine 43 Mini-Pumper 43, OES Unit 248 Rescue Captain 4 9 3
44 Visitacion Valley Engine 44 Mini-Pumper 44 10 3
48 Treasure Island Engine 48 Truck 48 Rescue Ambulance 48, Hose Tender 48 3 3
48 Treasure Island Portable Hydrant Tender 48 3 3
49 India Basin ALS Medic Units, BioMed Unit
Arson Unit, Logistics Units, Supply Units
Rescue Captain 4 10 3
51 Presidio of San Francisco Engine 51 4 2

SFO Stations

All apparatus at SFO go by the 'Rescue' call sign, whether engine, truck, ARFF engine or Command SUV.
Location Engine Truck Medic ARFF Crash Command Other
1 West End of airport Rescue 56 Rescue 44
Rescue 47
Rescue 93 Rescue 9, Rescue 90 (Relief) Rescue 35
2 Intersection of
four runways
Rescue 33 Rescue 10, Rescue 37
Rescue 40 (Relief), Rescue 49 (Relief)
Rescue 61 (Utility), Airboat 51, RHIB
3 South End of airport Rescue 46 Rescue 94 Rescue 37, Rescue 40, Rescue 41 Rescue 66 (Chief)

In popular culture

San Francisco fire station 12 fire truck with Grateful Dead sticker
  • The SFFD was the responding fire department to a major high-rise fire disaster in the 1974 film, The Towering Inferno. The film cast many actual firefighters from the department and used many actual SFFD fire trucks during the filming. Fire Station 38 was also shown in the filming. The exterior shots were done at the Bank of America Building, 555 California.
  • Actor Steve McQueen was given a San Francisco Fire Department Honorary Battalion Chief badge #33 with ID in recognition for his accurate portrayal of San Francisco Battalion Five Chief Mike O'Halloran.
  • The SFFD was also used in the Dirty Harry film series, particularly Rescue Squad 2 in Dirty Harry.
  • When a veteran SFFD firefighter is killed and Adrian Monk is blinded in a mysterious attack at a firehouse in the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Can't See a Thing," Monk must rely on his other senses to solve the bizarre case. In the course of the episode, he finds that the killer came to the firehouse to steal a fireman's coat and even finds that the man who blinded him had just beforehand killed a woman a few blocks away and set fire to her house (that fire was the one the engine company had been responding to when the murder at the firehouse took place). The depicted fire station, Fire Station 53, is a fictitious station. The exterior of the station was represented by Fire Station 1 of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
  • In the Monk novel series by Lee Goldberg, Joe Cochran, Natalie Teeger's occasional lover, is an SFFD firefighter, making appearances in the novels Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants, and Mr. Monk in Outer Space.
  • The SFFD was featured in two Emergency! television movies in 1978 and 1979, where L.A. County firefighter/paramedics Gage and DeSoto run calls with the firefighters of Rescue Squad 2.
  • The NBC Television show Trauma followed the fictional lives of SFFD paramedics, EMTs and flight medics.
  • The department is featured in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. After San Francisco City Hall is set ablaze by the villainous Max Zorin in an attempt to kill Bond, the SFFD arrives on scene and assists Roger Moore's character in escaping the burning building and then ultimately "borrows" a SFFD ladder truck in order to outrun the police officers chasing him on the suspicion that his character set the blaze.
  • The CBS Television series "Rescue 9-1-1-" Episode #107 the 4th Segment featured The San Francisco Fire Department responding to an apartment fire and in one of the scenes, sparks shoot over a firetruck from a broken wire from a powerline and the Station # was Station #9 built in 1915.


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  3. ^ San Francisco Fire Department : Home
  4. ^ San Francisco Fire Department : About Us
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External links

  • San Francisco Fire Department official website
  • San Francisco Fire Museum
  • History of the San Francisco Fire Department at the SF Museum
  • SFFD Fire Reserve website

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