The Suppression Division of the Grand Rapids Fire Department is comprised of 11 fire stations with 20 front-line emergency vehicles staffed with trained personnel to limit life and property loss when emergencies occur. Full-time professional firefighters work a rotating 24-hour shift to provide emergency response to calls for fires and special operations such as medical emergencies, industrial rescue, water rescue, confined space rescue, high-angle rope rescue, trench rescue, building collapse, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction response, and vehicle extrications within the City of Grand Rapids.
In addition to responding to emergencies, the on-duty fire crews spend time training to maintain and increase their skill levels. They also conduct fire prevention inspections of local businesses, oversee fire drills in our city schools, annually check the operation of each fire hydrant in the City of Grand Rapids, and interact with the community whenever possible.
One of the missions that the Grand Rapids Fire Department enjoys providing to our visitors and citizens is that of Emergency Medical Service. Our department is licensed with the State of Michigan as a Medical First Responder Agency with 22 licensed apparatus, all of which carry Automated External Defibrillators (AED), and 212 medically licensed providers:
The Grand Rapids Fire Department also enjoys both State of Michigan Certification as an approved EMS CE Program Sponsor and American Heart Association CPR/AED Training facility. These certifications allow our department to provide required State of Michigan approved continuing education credits to our crews and other EMS personnel.
Significant EMS call statistics for 2012
80 responses to Cardiac arrest/not breathing
Of which 43.75% were transported
Resulting in 8 survivals to discharge
Having a 22.86% survival of patients transported
First MFR department to contribute to CAREs data program