Brian Fish recently retired from his position as Fire Chief after 30+ years in the fire service. He has agreed to stay on for a short time as Deputy Chief - Operations while new Fire Chief, Eric Thompson recruits for our next Operations Chief.
The Operations Division of Medford Fire-Rescue has the primary goal of meeting the mission of protecting our citizens by responding to calls for service within the community and beyond. Most of these calls for service are for true emergencies such as a structure fire, medical emergency, vehicle accident, hazardous material incident, and many other life threatening situations. We also respond to many other less serious situations where we can help make a difference. Our people take great pride in making a positive difference in our community and helping our citizens during their time of need.
We accomplish this by deploying highly skilled, passionate Firefighters and Paramedics from five strategically located fire stations throughout the City. Our stations are operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Understanding that time is often the difference between life and death, our goal is to reach our customers within 6 ½ minutes in our urban area and within 10 minutes in our rural area, 90% of the time (time is calculated from the time 911 is dialed). We respond to our calls for service in a variety of vehicles, including traditional fire engines, a ladder truck, medically equipped wildland units, and a combination of other specialized equipment.
We take great pride in our people, our equipment, and our organization, and how we can use all three to serve our community. We would love to have the chance to be able to share this passion with you. Please feel free to engage any of our fire crews working in the community, or give us a call to schedule a ride-along or a fire station tour.