LETTER FROM THE CHIEF
ABOUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Berkeley Fire Department was established in 1904 and is said to have been the first motorized fire department in the western United States. The department currently has 140 positions and a budget of approximately $35 million.
Seven engines and two trucks cover the densely populated eleven square miles that encompass the City of Berkeley. The Berkeley Fire Department also operates its own transport ambulances. There are currently four advanced life support ambulances covering the City. On November 4, 2008, Berkeley voters approved the Fire Protection and Emergency Response Preparedness Tax, which enabled the City to eliminate rotating fire station closures, enhance emergency medical response by implementing a First Responder Advance Life Support Program, and expand disaster preparedness programs. The Department’s services of suppression, EMS, prevention, and public education and outreach are increasing in demand. The Department responded to over 15,000 emergencies in 2017.