The Operations Division meets the Response Mission requirements for the Dothan Fire Department. The Operations Division is an “All Hazards” rapid response organization. Capabilities include structural and wildland/urban inter-face fire suppression, advanced life support-emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, and technical rescue.
In order to provide the citizens of Dothan with world class emergency response, the Operations Division is structured according to Insurance Services Office recommendations in order to provide rapid response to all calls for assistance. The Operations Division has three shifts made up of two Battalions with four stations each. These stations are manned by professional firefighters and officers three hundred and sixty-five days a year, twenty-four hours a day.
Each Battalion is supervised by an Operations Battalion Chief who is responsible for the administrative, training, readiness, and response capabilities of his/her assigned Battalion. Each station is supervised by a Company Officer with the rank of Fire Captain. These officers are responsible for their assigned crew, the assigned apparatus and the upkeep and appearance of their assigned station.
In order to meet the diverse needs of our community, the Dothan Fire Department’s Operations Division maintains a modern fleet of eight fire apparatus pumpers and two ladder trucks. Additionally, the Operations Division fields two Command SUVs, a Hazardous Materials truck and trailer, a Mass Decon truck and trailer, a Technical Rescue truck and trailer, a Trench Rescue truck, a Mobile Command Vehicle, a Rehabilitation truck, and a Supply truck.
Each Battalion has twenty-six personnel assigned. Each of these professionals are highly trained in a myriad of skills that require constant training to maintain proficiency. The personnel of the Operations Division train approximately 52,800 hours each year in order to ensure that the people of Dothan receive the very best emergency response assistance.