There is a fire chief in my town. Is he in charge of all the different fire stations in the town or just one station? ?

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  • 2 months ago
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    Every area has their own way of naming ranks within the their fire department.  There is no universal definition for what a "fire chief" is.  But usually they will have charge over all the fire stations in a city, region, or part of a city.  Someplace like New York is going to have more than one "fire chief" because they have over 1600 stations.  While a city like "Mayberry" that only has one part time fire department would only have one chief who would be in charge of the one station.  No single answer to this question

    In New York, for example, there is office called "Fire Chief".  The highest office is "Chief of Department".  Under him are Chief of Fire Operations / Chief of EMS Operations / Chief of Training / Chief of Fire Prevention.  All are concerned to be "Fire Chiefs".  Then you have Assistant Chief / EMS Assistant Chief.  Under that is Deputy Assistant Chief.  Then Deputy Chief (Division Commander) / EMS Division Chief.  Followed by Deputy Chief / EMS Deputy Division Chief (Deputy to Division Chief or citywide EMS shift supervisor).  Under that are Battalion Chief / Battalion Commander.  All of them are technically "Fire Chiefs."

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