The mission of the Rochester Fire Department is to work within the community to provide the highest level of protection for life, property, and economic stability.
Focus: Rochester Fire prides itself in providing the best possible service to the citizens of the Rochester and to the visitors that pass through our community. We are here to serve when called upon and be "the hand to reach for" when lives are in danger and people are having the worst day of their lives.
Dedication: The members of the Rochester Fire Department are dedicated professionals who have chose careers in the fire service to help people and serve their community. Many also have served their country as Veterans or are currently serving in our Armed Forces as Reservists or in the National Guard.
Rochester Fire provides emergency vehicle extrication, structural collapse, confined space, high angle, water, ice and agricultural accident rescue services. Rochester Fire Department staffs a Regional Structural Collapse Rescue Team provided by MN Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM). This team is available to respond regionally to assist other jurisdictions with structural collapse incidents resulting from flooding, tornado, terrioristic acts, etc.
Rochester firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic level and act as first responders to medical emergencies in conjunction with police and ambulance. Rochester fire fighters respond to more than 5000 emergency medical calls each year ranging from vehicle crashes and cardiac arrests to falls and other medical related conditions. Every first line fire vehicle is equipped with an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED), which has greatly improving the survival rate for victims of a witnessed cardiac arrest within the city of Rochester.
Rochester has been designated a State Regional Chemical Assessment Team (CAT) and as such may be dispatched to hazardous material incidents anywhere in southeastern Minnesota. All members of the department are certified to the Haz-Mat Technician level and all company officers to the Specialist level.
Rochester Fire provides a full range of fire prevention services including inspection and plan review of new and existing building construction as well as fire protection systems and equipment. Fire Department Fire Prevention staff work hand in hand with other city and private agencies to achieve a high level of code enforcement and inspection services for the community's fire and life safety.
Rochester Fire Prevention staff provide full fire origin and cause investigation services. All fires of unknown, suspicious or incendiary origin are investigated and arson fires are actively pursued and prosecuted.
Rochester Fire Department makes use of a mobile Fire Safety House and the Official NFPA "Sparky Fire Dog" character to deliver fire and life safety messages. Classes are taught by firefighters in schools, at fairs, block parties, and other community events, with emphasis directed toward children and youth.