Fire Suppression

Crew and Resources

The Bloomfield Fire Department maintains a fire suppression force of 84. Four shifts of provide 24 hour protection, each shift directed by a Deputy Chief. Four fire stations house first line suppression vehicles.

All engines carry an on board water supply to allow a rapid attack of fire. The on board tanks, along with 5 inch high flow supply lines, assuring us that adequate water is available for almost any fire situation. Rescue and extrication tools are also carried on each vehicle. Truck 1 and Engine 3 additionally carries the "Jaws of Life", power saws, and other special rescue equipment.

For moire information on the stations and their vehicles, visit the Facilities page.

Training

Today's firefighter, the Chief, Deputy Chiefs, Captains, Lieutenants, and Firemen have to be much more than men with axes and hoses. They all must be knowledgeable in such areas as:

  • Building Construction
  • Communications
  • Environmental Protection
  • Fire Chemistry
  • First Aid
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Incident Command
  • Public Relations

Through continuing education and training, the Bloomfield Fire Department keeps abreast of the latest fire fighting, search and rescue, and hazmat techniques and resources. Scheduled "live burns" at the Middlesex County Fire Training Facility are done to provide "battlefield" conditions in which to train.