Fire Department

Responsibilities
The Fire Chief is responsible for administrative activities of operating the Fire Department. Administrative duties include such items as:
  • Community relations
  • Coordination of the department’s programs
  • Financial coordination to ensure the effective and efficient use of the department’s resources
  • Productivity measurement
  • Public education programs
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Services
The Kingsburg City Fire Department is a combination department that provides both fire and ambulance services, not only to the citizens of Kingsburg but also to those citizens in the surrounding unincorporated areas of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.

The Fire Department, established in 1912, currently protects a population of approximately 11,200. In 2006, the Fire Department handled over 1,900 emergency calls involving fire, medical and other emergencies. The department also oversees the emergency operations plan for the City and assists with the City disaster plan.

History
Kingsburg was incorporated in 1908. Three years later in 1911, the city waterworks system was completed. It included 24 fire hydrants and a pump house. With a Fire Department in mind, the City Council purchased a chemical engine, two hose carts, a combination hook and ladder, axes, crowbars and lanterns.

Staffing
The department has one full-time Fire Chief, three full-time Captain/Paramedics, six full-time Firefighter/Paramedics, and up to twenty Reserve Firefighters who are responsible for protecting life and property in emergency situations by providing effective fire and emergency medical service. This department is fully staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Firefighter Explorer Program
The Kingsburg Fire Department also has a Firefighter Explorer program that is co-sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.

Equipment
Kingsburg Fire and Ambulance is equipped with:
  • One 2001 1250 GPM Engine
  • One 1981 1000 GPM Engine
  • One 1988 55′ ladder truck
  • One 1986 1250 GPM fire engine
  • Two ALS ambulances
  • One BLS ambulance
Mission Statement
To prevent fires through fire safety education, preplanning, and fire investigation. To provide emergency medical service, fire suppression, and hazardous materials spill mitigation to the community. To provide the highest level of service feasible for the level of resources allocated to the organization.