Organizational Chart

The Palo Alto Fire Department is organized into four divisions: Operations, Support Services, Fire Prevention and Administration. 

  1. Fire Operations is the largest division with 85 Full Time Equivalent employees.  These are the management and shift staff that respond to emergency calls for service each day.  The PAFD has 23 sworn shift staff on duty every day, and has a total of three shifts on a 2/4 schedule that enable the department to provide 24/7 emergency response.
  2. The Support Services Division includes the management and oversight of Emergency Medical Service delivery and regulation compliance; operational staff training and hiring and human relations for the department.
  3. The Fire Prevention Division is housed within the Development Center and provides fire plan checks, reviews, permitting and fielding fire safety inspections.  You can find more on the Fire Prevention here.
  4. Fire Administration includes executive management function, budget and finance, performance measurement, educational outreach and general administrative support functions.