The Operations Division is the largest division within the Spokane Fire Department. It is responsible for emergency medical services, fire suppression, mitigating the consequences from disasters, and rescue activities. In addition to emergency work, Operations Division members provide a wide range of services to the community, including blood pressure screening, tours of fire stations and apparatus, and on-duty fire and life safety presentations within the community.
The Operations Division is comprised of four platoons within two Battalions of Firefighters who work an alternating schedule of 24-hour shifts. Each Battalion is supervised by a Battalion Chief who is responsible for the emergency and administrative activities of all members assigned to that Battalion. The Deputy Chief supervises the 9 Battalion Chiefs and oversees all activities within the Operations Division.
Specialty Teams within the Fire Department, include:
The Fire Investigation Division is responsible for investigating fires to determine cause and origin. Fire Investigators conduct investigations and assist the Police Department in the prosecution of arsonists. Fire Investigators also assist the SFD Public Education Officer with the department's Juvenile Fire-Stoppers Program.