Fire and Emergency Services
The mission of the Albany Fire Department is to provide protection of life, property, and the environment from the effects of fire, medical emergencies, and hazards in the safest, most efficient manner possible.
The City of Albany Fire Department was organized on June 1, 1867 as a Career Fire Department.
The Albany Department of Fire and Emergency Services is a 260 member career Fire Department comprised of:
- Command Staff
- 2 Battalions
- 8 Engine Companies (including 1 Paramedic Engine Company)
- 4 Ladder Companies
- 1 Heavy Rescue Company
- 3 Paramedic Rescue Companies
- Training and Safety
- Fire Prevention and Investigation
Firefighters assigned to line companies work a 24 hour shift with a 4 platoon system.
"All Hazards" Fire Department
The Albany Fire Department is considered an "All Hazards" Fire Department. In addition to fire response, Albany Firefighters respond to Medical Emergencies, Hazardous Materials Incidents, Technical Rescue and Maritime Emergencies. The Albany Fire Department also provides Fire Investigation and Prevention, as well as Community Education.
The Albany Fire Department is the primary provider for Emergency Medical Services within the City of Albany. It operates as a two-tier response system with "Basic Life Support" provided by Engine, Ladder, and Heavy Rescue companies, while "Advanced Life Support" is primarily provided by 3 Paramedic Rescue Companies and 1 Paramedic Engine Company. All Front Line Companies are equipped to provide "Advanced Life Support".