The Internal Audit Department released its audit of Tampa Fire Rescue, Operations Division, Audit 14-13
Tampa Fire Rescue Department (TFR) is responsible for providing fire prevention, protection, and suppression services to an estimated 353,000 people in the City of Tampa (COT). TFR carries out these activities through the Operations Division. The division is organized into four fire districts serving the City and an Airport Division that provides Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services for Tampa International Airport. Three fire districts, namely Districts 1, 2, and 3, have five fire stations each while District 4 has six and the Airport Division has one. TFR’s coverage is about 113 square miles.
TFR operates on three rotating, 24-hour shifts, each of which is headed by a district chief. District chiefs report to shift commanders and shift commanders, together with the airport division chief, report to the Assistant Fire Chief-Operations. In addition to conventional firefighting, TFR also handles hazardous materials, marine, and aircraft emergencies.
To effectively respond to all types of emergencies, TFR utilizes a variety of apparatus, including fire and paramedic engines, specialized ARFF vehicles, boats, foam units, etc. It also has Haz-Mat, mass casualty, and mobile canteen units, as well as a reserve fleet of 10 rescue vehicles, nine engines, and two trucks. As of August 2014, TFR had a staff of 675, of whom 462 were sworn employees assigned to Operations Division.
TFR responds to thousands of emergency calls every year. For example, in FY 2013 alone, it responded to 72,144 calls, most of which were medical emergencies. Although fire-related emergencies are fewer – there were 16,414 between FY 2013 and 2014 – timely response is critical to public safety and preservation of property.
The audit report can be viewed at Tampa Fire Rescue, Operations Division, Audit 14-13.