Mission and Overview


The Mission of the Tucson Fire Department is - to protect the lives and property of the citizens of Tucson from natural and manmade hazards and acute medical emergencies through prevention, education and active intervention.


The goal of the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is to minimize the loss of life and property from the effects of fire, medical, or other emergencies, and to render assistance as required.

Inherent in this goal is the desire to protect and enhance the quality of life of our citizens and community by responding quickly, performing with excellence, serving at every opportunity, and providing public education with special emphasis on programs for children. All emergency and non-emergency services are developed, maintained, and provided by highly trained professionals dedicated to excellence.

In order to carry out its mission effectively, the Tucson Fire Department is organized into five divisions: Headquarters, Operations, Code Administration, Support Services and Training. Headquarters provides direction and policy to the entire department.

The Operations Division protects the lives and property of the citizens of Tucson by responding to emergencies, performing inspections, and presenting public education programs to increase fire and life safety awareness in the community.

The Code Administration Division promotes public safety by administering fire codes and standards, conducting building inspections, enforcing compliance of code requirements, and investigating suspicious fires.

Public education efforts include injury prevention, child safety, at-risk behaviors, and safety equipment information. The Support Services Division supports the other divisions by procuring and distributing supplies and equipment, keeping all vehicles and equipment in a fully functional condition. The Training Division provides training for new and existing Fire Department personnel to ensure well-trained public servants.


Fire Department members play a vital role in our community. Tucson firefighters respond to emergencies as part of a team trained to protect the lives and property of citizens. This highly skilled work includes:

  • Firefighting
  • Patient care during medical emergencies
  • Technical rescue
  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Other service-oriented calls

Tucson firefighters educate the public in the areas of fire safety and fire prevention. Tucson firefighters also enforce building codes designed to provide a safer environment for all.

These tasks may be performed under extreme and adverse conditions requiring strong mental and physical conditioning. Other duties include care and maintenance of fire department property and equipment, occupancy inspections, pre-fire plans, training and physical fitness.

As one of TFD's firefighters you will develop the confidence and ability needed to perform effectively in emergency situations. You will be an integral part of a dedicated team. Most importantly, you will be called upon to save the lives and property of your fellow citizens. You will make a difference. There is no more rewarding feeling.