The City of Jamestown’s professional firefighters are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to fires and emergencies. Staff and firefighters also provide training and community awareness to benefit fire personnel and the general public. The JFD has specially trained fire investigators who determine the cause of fires within the City. Since prevention is the best policy, those investigators also inspect buildings and other structures for fire hazards.
Fire protection was organized in Jamestown on June 25, 1827. The career Jamestown Fire Department was established on March 1, 1911.
The Jamestown Fire Department is organized based on a paramilitary structure. The chain of command rises from firefighter to company officer to battalion chief to deputy chief. There are four platoons, each of which allocated staff to position at four (4) companies – three (3) engine companies and one (1) ladder company.
The Jamestown Fire Department is a 24/7 operation. All four platoons equally share in staffing the four stations during the 168-hour workweek.
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