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Deputy Chiefs
The deputy chiefs plan, organize, implement, and directs the activities of a division which provide:
  • Firefighting
  • Emergency medical services
  • Hazardous materials response
  • Specialized rescue responses

The Saint Paul Fire Department contracts out for fire protection to 3M in Maplewood, the University of Minnesota Saint Paul campus, the State Fair grounds, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and surrounding areas.  ALS service is provided to Falcon Heights and Lauderdale.

Fire Districts
There are three fire districts within the City of Saint Paul and each district is supervised by a fire district chief. These individuals:
  • Manage and control the operations of fire and medical companies in an assigned district
  • Provide 24-hour supervision of eight to 10 fire companies and five to six fire stations within their district
  • Are assigned a department project to coordinate and manage including:
    • School fire drills
    • Elevator inspections
    • Hazardous materials coordinator
    • Specialized rescue coordinator
    • Target hazard commercial pre planning


There are two rescue squads that respond to all telephone alarms, each responsible for one half of the City. In the Firehouse 2002 national survey, the Fire Department's second District Chief was rated the 21st busiest chief in the country.

Specialty Units
The fire suppression division is responsible for fire and emergency response for the City of Saint Paul and contracted areas. Three shifts are supervised by deputy chiefs who oversee 136 uniformed fire suppression personnel. Each shift includes three district chiefs and 26 fire companies. 11 companies staff paramedic rigs for emergency medical response. Specialty units include:
  • Two rescue boats that pump water
  • An air boat
  • State chemical assessment team and vehicle
  • State emergency response team and vehicle
  • State collapse team and vehicle
  • 2 decontamination trailers

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