The Operations Division provides emergency and nonemergency services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Operations Division consists of Fire Operations and Emergency Medical Services.
Firefighters respond to calls for assistance from our seven fire stations which are strategically located throughout the city. In 2010 we responded to 12,840 incidents. These calls consisted of everything from fires to cardiac arrests, odor investigations to patient assists, and children locked in vehicles to long distance ambulance transfers. While not answering calls, firefighters are busy training, conducting fire prevention inspections, presenting public education programs, performing equipment and station maintenance, and participating in physical fitness exercises. Rapid City firefighters are divided into three shifts, with each shift working 24 hours at a time. The 24-hour shift begins at 7:00 am and ends at 7:00 am the following day.
Firefighters work, eat and sleep at the fire station during their 24-hour shift. During a typical shift firefighters start their day by checking their emergency equipment to ensure that everything is in proper working order from their personal protective clothing to every piece of equipment on their emergency apparatus, and the apparatus itself. Housekeeping duties are addressed early in the day, and though not as exciting as other duties, your firefighters are proud of their fire stations and keep them in top shape.
There are 122 firefighters assigned to the Division; 88 achieved Journeyman status, the remaining 34 are climbing the ladder of our 4-year Apprenticeship Training Program. All firefighters are trained and certified to meet the requirements of the State of South Dakota as Emergency Medical Technicians. Additionally, 37 of the 122 firefighters are certified as Emergency Medical Technician Paramedics.
The EMS Division maintains responsibility for the provision and oversight of emergency and non-emergency Advanced and Basic Life Support ambulance services in the Rapid City and Pennington County service area under the medical direction of Dr. Kelly Manning. In addition to ambulance services, the Division also provides and oversees other non-traditional types of medical services, to include Public Access AED programs and Mobile Medics for special events in the area.
The Rapid City Fire Department is the primary Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider for the City of Rapid City and Pennington County, and frequently responds into neighboring counties as well. The Department covers an area of 3,200 square miles, with a daytime population of close to 300,000 people in the summer. In 2011 the Department’s ambulances responded to 10,034 calls. One of the highest totals we have had since the inception of ALS ambulance services in Rapid City and Pennington County in the late 1970’s.
Rapid City Fire Department
10 Main St, Rapid City, SD 57701
Non-Emergency Fire Dept: 605-394-4180
Fire Prevention: 605-394-5233
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