The New Bedford Fire Department protects a diverse community of just under 100,000 population.
The department is responsible for fire protection services that include the New Bedford Harbor, the Regional Airport, Industrial Park, Downtown, and high rise apartments in addition to residential properties.
The Fire Department responds with 8 Fire Companies made up of 5 Engines and 3 Ladder trucks. We also maintain a fireboat, a rescue boat, a foam trailer, an air unit and a crash fire rescue vehicle at the New Bedford Municipal Airport.
Emergency Medical calls are handled by the New Bedford Emergency Medical Services. The fire department responds with EMS and provides basic life support at all Priority one calls.
The city is divided into 2 areas for fire response and is commanded by a District Chief in each district.
The department is comprised of 203 uniformed personnel and 5 civilian personnel.
Uniform Personnel breakdown is:
1 Deputy Chief
10 District Chiefs
152 Fire Fighters
Assigned to the Training Division is:
Fire Prevention activities are provided through the Fire Prevention Bureau which is comprised of:
4 Fire Investigators/Inspectors
The department responded to 10,631 calls for assistance in 2008 as well as 8537 calls for assistance in 2009.