The Operations Division is the largest division of the Thomasville Fire Department. There are currently 57 personnel assigned to this division that rotate working twenty-four (24) hour shifts. All the fire stations are staffed on a 24-hour basis, 365 days per year, making up three shifts. All personnel in the Operations division are certified as North Carolina Firefighters and most are either North Carolina Emergency Medical Technicians or Emergency Medical Responders. Operations Division personnel work an average of ten 24-hour shifts per month. The firefighters will be on duty for 24 hours at a time, every other day, for 5 days. After the 5 day ‘tour’ is complete they will be off for 96 hours (4 days). Then the schedule repeats.
Personnel assigned to the Operations Division are currently staffing:
- Seven (7) front line emergency vehicles
- 3 Engines
- 2 Ladders
- 1 Rescue
- 1 Command SUV
They respond from four (4) fire stations strategically located throughout the city.
There is no shortage of work for Operations personnel. Their days consist of performing:
- Emergency Response
- Building familiarization
- Hours of required training to maintain certifications
- Station and apparatus maintenance