The Dayton Fire Department is dedicated to the safety of everyone who lives, works, visits and plays in the city of Dayton. With 12 stations and 368 personnel, the department provides the Dayton community with professional firefighting, citizen rescue services, pre-hospital emergency medical care and transportation to emergency rooms.

From the Chief

I would like to welcome you to the Dayton Fire Department website. It is my hope that our website can sufficiently provide you with information regarding our services, personnel and resources. Since 1863 the dedicated men and women of the Dayton Fire Department have been honored to provide fire, rescue, hazardous materials and emergency medical response services to the citizens and visitors of our city. The Dayton Fire Department takes pride in being a highly professional organization. Our committed personnel provide outstanding emergency and non-emergency services in a variety of activities city-wide, as well as regionally.

The mission of the Dayton Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of broad-based fire, health and rescue services to those entrusted to our care. We will prevent harm to people, their property and the environment through education and prevention programs. We will limit and mitigate harm when and where required. We will be active, productive and responsive members of the community. We carry out this mission with over 300 personnel working out of twelve stations and one fire training center. As you learn more about our department programs we welcome comments to help us serve you better. Serving our community and the public is the reason for our existence.

I am honored to serve as your fire chief and thank you for becoming more familiar with your fire department,

Jeff Lykins
Director and Chief
Dayton Fire Department


Three department bureaus help achieve our mission:

Emergency Services

Over 300 department personnel across 12 stations provide the Dayton community with professional firefighting, citizen rescue services, pre-hospital emergency medical care and transportation to emergency rooms, and fire prevention and investigations.

Crews use state-of-the-art equipment and are trained in fire suppression, salvage and overhaul, vehicle extrication, high angle rescue, fast water rescue, fire safety inspection and hazardous material mitigation. Many members are trained in technical rescue as well. We also provide emergency medical care and transportation to a broad array of incidents. We have seven medic units staffed with a minimum of one paramedic and one EMT-B at all times. In addition, we utilize first responder fire apparatus on the most critical of calls for service.

Using a First Responder system, the Fire Department will often dispatch a fire engine or ladder with a Medic. Based on what a caller tells the dispatcher about the condition of the person requiring medical attention, they may require immediate medical care. An engine or ladder is dispatched in addition to a medic unit because they may be closer than the responding medic and can begin providing medical intervention upon arrival. In addition, many serious medical calls will require more people to provide the level of care necessary to stabilize the patient's condition and provide transportation to an emergency room.

Strategic Programs & Safety

This bureau of the Fire Department includes recruiting and training new personnel, domestic preparedness, emergency planning and management for the City, community services, investigation, code enforcement and plan review and building construction.

Support Services & Resource Management

The City self-manages its fire facilities and emergency and non-emergency fleet. It also maintains and repairs small motors, tools and other emergency equipment and provides vehicle repair services to 28 other jurisdictions in a garage facility located in north Dayton.

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