Operations Division

The Operations Division provides leadership and management of assigned emergency personnel; responds to and mitigates various emergencies throughout the community including fires, vehicle collisions, hazardous materials spills, medical and public assistance calls; and manages operation-based programs including emergency vehicle and equipment acquisition and management.  The following sections have been created to support the Operations Division: 1) Emergency Medical Services; 2) Training; 3) Special Operations, and 4) Fleet Services.  Due to the scope of programs and cost recovery mechanisms, each of these four sections have been divided into separate sub-budgets.
Deputy Fire Chief Michael McLaughlin leads the Operations Division, which staffs eight engine companies, one ladder truck company, six paramedic ambulances, and a command officer on a 24-hour basis. Additionally, the Operations Division cross-staffs the following apparatus as seasons and emergency circumstances dictate: eight wildland fire engines, one heavy foam unit, a Heavy Rescue unit, a technical rescue trailer, a mass decontamination trailer, a mass casualty incident trailer, and a swift water rescue boat. 

The Deputy Fire Chief is also responsible for: 1) Department operations; 2) sworn personnel management;
3) agency representative for procedural issues; 4) Duty Officer functions; 5) sub-budget management;
6) internal investigations; and 7) is Second-in-Command of the Fire Department.

Three shift Battalion Chiefs are responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of their respective shifts (A, B, and C Shifts), which include ensuring crew readiness, maintaining District coverage, and working with their Captains to address any training or personnel concerns that may arise. Additionally, they are routinely assigned special projects or duties as directed by the Fire Chief or Deputy Fire Chief.  

Deputy Chief Mike McLaughlin


Battalion Chief Kevin McLean


Battalion Chief Paul Zehnder

Chief Zehnder