Operations

The Charlotte Fire Department's 1,027 firefighters operate from 42 fire stations in eight battalions, covering nearly 300 square miles across the City of Charlotte. 

Their primary duties include:

  • Fire Suppression

  • Emergency Medical Services

Front-line Emergency Vehicles:

  • 41 Engines

  • 15 Ladders

  • 6 Water Tankers

  • 5 Brush Trucks

  • 1 Foam Tanker

 

 Fire Apparatus

 

 

Engine Companies<div class="ExternalClassD91A4C9A0F214BCCB3986DDFB64048DB"><h2>​<strong style="color:darkred;">Engine Companies</strong></h2><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"><img src="/Fire/about-us/Operations/PublishingImages/Engine12WEB.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />Every engine company in the Charlotte Fire Department is a triple combination class A pumper. This means that the truck carries water, hose, and a fire pump for extinguishing fires. In addition to firefighting equipment, all engines have life-saving EMS equipment, including defibrillators for cardiac arrest patients.</span><br class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"></span><br class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">All pumpers in Charlotte have these common features:</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">Waterous 1500 GPM pumps </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">At least 500 gallon water tanks </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">30 gallon class B foam tanks </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">1-3/4" and 2-1/2" attack lines </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">5" supply line</span></p></div>
Ladder Companies<div class="ExternalClass0EBD70860ABB46BD8B44BEAFCE375916"><h2>​<strong style="color:darkred;">Ladder Companies</strong></h2><p><img src="/Fire/about-us/Operations/PublishingImages/LaddersWEB.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /><br><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">All of Charlotte's Smeal 105' aerials carry the same equipment as the engine. The ladder company is primarily tasked with searching for lost victims, ventilation of hot fire gasses, and salvage and overhaul.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">105' Smeal ladder </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">Waterous 2000 GPM pump </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">On-board water and foam. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">Hydraulic rescue tools </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">Rope rescue equipment </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal">Complement of ground ladders from 6-40'</span></p></div>

​Special Operations:


 

Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF)

Dive Team

Hazardous Materials Response

Heavy Rescue

Marine Operations

Structural Collapse

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)


 

Special Operations Vehicles:

Six ARFF Vehicles

Four HazMat Trucks

Three USAR Tractor Trailers

Two Heavy Rescues

Two Dive Boats

Two Structural Collapse Tractor-Trailers

One Fire Boat

One Mobile Operations Center

One Mobile Command Post

Multiple Special-Purpose Vehicles

 Special Operations Vehicles

 

 

Haz-Mat One<div class="ExternalClass5535B253B4E44C61A42CFB6D385AFA8C"><h2>​<strong style="color:darkred;">Haz-Mat One</strong></h2><p><img src="/Fire/about-us/Operations/PublishingImages/HazMat1WEB.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /></p><p>Haz-Mat One is staffed by specially trained firefighters during an Uptown Charlotte event.</p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"></span> </p></div>
Blaze One<div class="ExternalClass673F6E0E4CD24C189253AAF709C9954F"><h2>​<strong style="color:darkred;">Blaze One</strong></h2><p><img src="/Fire/about-us/Operations/PublishingImages/Blaze_1_resize.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" /> </p><p>A staffed aircraft rescue vehicle at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.</p></div>
Decon One<div class="ExternalClass6E6C723B138E46419791708035FD35AB"><h2><span style="color:darkred;"><strong>Decon One</strong></span></h2><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"></span> </p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"><img src="/Fire/about-us/Operations/PublishingImages/DeCon%201_resize.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" />One of several tractor-trailer drawn support vehicles in the Charlotte Fire Department fleet.</span>​</p></div>
Rescue 3 and 10<div class="ExternalClass6E0A988EC9584C268558C0276AA8436D"><h2>​<span style="color:darkred;"><strong>Rescue 3 and 10</strong></span></h2><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"> </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"><img src="/Fire/about-us/Operations/PublishingImages/Rescue_10_resize.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />The two Heavy Rescue units respond to calls that require specialized equipment or personnel with technical knowledge. </span></p></div>

 Support Vehicles

 

 

Brush Trucks<div class="ExternalClass3830764D893A440DA385E77DEA0FEC0A"><h2><span style="color:darkred;"><strong>Brush Trucks</strong></span></h2><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Normal"><img src="/Fire/about-us/Operations/PublishingImages/Brush29_2_resize.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />These units are used for brush, shrub and forest fires. These four-wheel drive trucks can drive in heavy terrain where an engine apparatus cannot make entry.</span>​</p></div>
Tankers<div class="ExternalClassDBE33838096E41A4A446FFD9CAEB094B"><h2><span style="color:darkred;"><strong>Tankers </strong></span></h2><p> </p><p><img src="/Fire/about-us/Operations/PublishingImages/Tanker_21_1_resize.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:left;" />Tankers in the Charlotte Fire Department may look like Engine companies, but they're actually designed to be support apparatus.  They can double as Engine Companies, and carry 1,000 gallons of water and 300 gallons of foam.<br></p><p>​</p></div>