Meridian Fire's Operations Division provides core emergency services including fire suppression, emergency medical response, technical rescue, and hazardous materials mitigation to the citizens of Meridian, Idaho. Under the direction of Deputy Chief David Jones, the Operations division employs a Division Chief of Training, three shift Battalion Chiefs and 57 suppression personnel of which over 15 are certified to the EMT Paramedic level (EMT-P) and provide Advance Life Support (ALS) to our citizens. The Division responds to over 5,000 annual calls for service and staffs 5 engine companies and 1 truck company.
The Fire Prevention Division serves our community by inspecting new commercial construction, existing commercial and public buildings for fire and life safety hazards. Inspectors check structures for compliance with code provisions for building construction, fire protection systems and safe operating practices. The Prevention Division consists of the Fire Marshal/ Deputy Chief of Prevention, two Fire Inspectors, a Public Education Specialist and also directs 4 other personnel who are trained as fire investigators. The Fire Investigation Section is responsible for investigating fires of suspicious origin, fires that involve fatalities and those that result in large dollar loss. The Public Education Division provides fire and life safety programs to our business community, schools, community organizations and citizens. Preventing fires is without a doubt the most cost efficient form of fire protection.
The Planning Division for Meridian Fire provides executive level support in the areas of planning, research and development. Our Planning Chief, Deputy Chief Chris Amenn, works extensively with other City, State and Federal agencies along with various private sector entities to coordinate delivery of emergency services. This position is responsible for community risk assessment and analysis, managing the capitol budget, planning for fire station and administrative facilities, fire apparatus purchased, personnel, department testing, performance and quality control, and developing and updating policies.