Boise Fire Department was created in 1876 as a volunteer Fire Department, officially organized with 28 men. As the population of Boise grew, the deparmtent increased its size to accommodate the community’s needs. Currently, Boise Fire Department has 288 full time employees, 17 Fire Stations, a Hazardous Materials Team, ARFF team, Dive Team and a Technical Rescue Team. The Department serves a population of 223,000 residents in 130+ square miles.
The Boise Fire Department's Operations Division is currently staffed by more than 250 firefighters at 17 fire stations. Firefighters work a 48/96 schedule with three shifts. The Operations Division is divided into three Battalions and supervised by nine Battalion Chiefs (three per shift). The firefighters respond to a wide variety of 9-1-1 calls to include: structure fires, wildland fires, motor vehicle accidents, vehicle extrication, dive rescue incidents, hazardous material incidents, technical rescue incidents, and aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF).
In 2017, crews responded to a total of 22,450 calls in our community.
The Operations Division runs 16 engine companies staffed with three firefighters each, three truck companies staffed with four firefighters each, and three ARFF vehicles staffed by five firefighters. The following equipment is cross staffed or covered seasonally: 1 heavy rescue truck, 1 quick response rope rescue truck, 8 wildland firefighting vehicles, 1 dive company, 1 hazardous materials company, 1 technical rescue company and a Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team.
The Operations Division contains the following: