Overview

Area Served (square miles)

47.3

Population

574,283

 
Uniformed Personnel

1,467

Chief of Department

1

Chief of Operations

2

Deputy Fire Chiefs

14

District Fire Chiefs

59

Fire Captains

84

Fire Lieutenants

225

Fire Fighters

1083

Fire Alarm Personnel

68

Civilian Personnel

76

Total FD Personnel

1611

 
Fire Academy

1

 
Fire Stations

35

 
Fire Companies & Units

70

Engine Companies

33

Ladder Companies

18

Rescue Companies

2

Tower Company

4

Marine Unit

1

Fire Brigade

1

Tunnel/Confined Space Units

2

Brush Fire Units

2

Hazardous Material Unit

1

Trench/Structural Collapse Unit

1

Special Unit

1

Air Supply Unit

1

Rehabilitation Unit

1

Mobile Command Unit

1

Mobile Decon Unit

1

Hydrant Thawing Unit

1

Fire Fighting Force

The officers of the fire fighting force have the following and are ranked in the following descending order:

Chief of Department
Chief of Operations
Deputy Fire Chief
District Fire Chief
Fire Captain
Fire Lieutenant

What Do These Titles Mean?

The fire fighting force is organized into divisions, districts, and companies.

There are 2 divisions and 11 districts (1 and 3 through 12). Each division is under the command of a Deputy Fire Chief and each district is under the command of a District Fire Chief. Division 1 is comprised of Districts 1, 3 (includes old district 2), 4, 6, and 11. Division 2 is comprised of Districts 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12.

The companies are classified as follows:

Engine Company
Ladder Company
Rescue Company
Tower Company
Marine Unit

All companies are under the command of a Fire Captain and are divided into four working groups (shifts). Three of the four working groups are under the supervision of a Fire Lieutenant. Minimum staffing on all companies except for the Rescue Companies, Tower Company, and Marine Unit is one officer and three fire fighters per shift. The Rescue Companies, Tower Company, and Marine Unit are staffed with a minimum of one officer and four fire fighters per shift.

The Boston Fire Department works a 42-hours a week schedule. The work schedule (tour of duty) is as follows:

Day Tour: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Night Tour: 6:00 PM to 8:00 AM