Teresa Deloach Reed
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On behalf of the men and women of the Oakland Fire Department, I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We understand the importance of community access and information flow, and I hope this site will provide you with the necessary resources to enhance your knowledge of fire safety, prevention, and preparedness.
Established in 1869, the Oakland Fire Department has a rich history of dedicated and committed men and women wanting to provide the best level of service to the residents and visitors of Oakland. They are highly trained professionals, adept in a variety of cutting edge emergency response skills, and excited and proud of their ability to serve. They serve through programs such as fire and rescue response, emergency medical response, technical rescue, water rescue, hazardous material response and aircraft/rescue firefighting.
Emergency response starts with our 9-1-1 Dispatch Center. This Accredited Center of Excellence provides the highest level of emergency dispatch; our Fire Prevention Bureau is very knowledgeable of the fire code and the vegetation management system; our high profile Public Education Division has built strong partnerships with local schools, libraries, head start programs, and senior and community centers.
Emergency preparedness is a core function of the Oakland Fire Department. Communities of Oakland Responding to Emergencies (CORE) teaches self-reliance skills and helps establish response teams to take care of your neighborhood until professional emergency response personnel can arrive. Because first responders will be overwhelmed during a catastrophic event such as a major earthquake on the Hayward fault, it is critical that community members are prepared to be self sufficient for the first 72 hours or longer during an emergency.
As the Chief of the Oakland Fire Department, I am pleased to lead an organization that takes pride in its service and strives to excel in its commitment to the City of Oakland and its residents. Holding on to historical values found in many of the fire stations, some of that tradition, and all of its pride makes me proud to be part of this organization.
Again, thank you for visiting our site, and I hope you find it helpful. Feel free to contact us for any additional information you may need.
Teresa Deloach Reed
City of Oakland, Fire Chief
Oakland Fire Department Receives Grant
$5,200 Donation Funds for Leadership Training
“Having strong leadership skills is an important aspect of what we do,” said Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed. “Providing leadership training to company officers will better prepare them for taking command during a major incident. Having sound leadership and decision making skills will help save lives and keep our firefighters safe.”
About the Fire Department
The City of Oakland is protected at all times by the over 500 fire service professionals of the Oakland Fire Department(OFD). The Oakland Fire Department was incorporated on March 13, 1869 and is the only fire and rescue agency serving the City of Oakland.
The OFD is comprised of eight (8) divisions, including: Fiscal and Administration Services; Emergency Management Services Division; Medical Services Division; Fire Prevention & Support Services Bureau; and the Field Operations Bureau.
The Operations Division responds out of 25 Fire Stations, located throughout the City and the International Airport, operating a fleet of 24 Engines, 7 Trucks, and numerous other special operations, support, and reserve units throughout 3 Battalions. The OFD responds to approximately 60,000 emergency calls annually, with over 80% being emergency medical services calls.
Throughout its storied history, thirteen firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of the City and have lost their lives in the line of duty.