We Do More Than Just Fires
The Firefighters of the International Firefighters Association Local 428 respond to a multitude of emergencies and non-emergencies while on-duty for the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire. The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire could be more correctly named Harrisburg Bureau of Fire and Emergency Services to reflect the fact that any emergency that does not involve Law Enforcement or transporting a patient to the hospital fall into our hands.
Firefighting is our core service. Extinguishing fires and rescuing people trapped in fires is our most basic service.
We are trained in and respond to vehicle accidents with injury and confinement/entrapment.
We assist the Ambulance on all calls where someone has no pulse and is not breathing as well as requests for assistance from the Ambulance personnel.
Harrisburg Firefighters are trained in water rescue and are the first to reach the River when dispatched for emergencies on the Susquehanna River. The Bureau of Fire has two boats and one raft for water rescue as well as equipment for ice rescue during the winter months.
Technical rescue is another service provided. Training and equipment is provided for all personnel in the areas of rope rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue, and building collapse. This service is available to not only the City of Harrisburg and it’s residents but also mutual aide to Dauphin County with the requested response of Rescue One.
Hazardous Materials is yet another area of training and response from our members. The most advanced trained members are also members of the Dauphin County Hazardous Material Response Team.
Response to acts of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and suspicious packages are also included in what we do and train for.
Non-emergency responses include things such as smoke detector installation, public safety education, working with troubled youth who set fires through the Juvenile Fire Setter's Program and the 911 caller who has a problem in their home and doesn’t know who else to call. Our members provide a professional and courteous service to such callers.
So if you are a resident or worker in the City of Harrisburg or just visiting the City of Harrisburg your Public Safety is our concern. We are there for your safety.