Established in 1866, the San Francisco Fire Department is rich in tradition and history. From the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 to the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989, the Department has grown to meet the many challenges along the way. Today, the San Francisco Fire Department serves an estimated 1.5 million people, providing fire suppression, fire prevention and emergency medical services to the residents, visitors and workers within San Francisco's 49 square miles.
The mission of the San Francisco Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the people of San Francisco and its visitors from fires, natural disasters, accidents, hazardous materials incidents, and other causes requiring a rapid and skilled response by land or water; serve the needs of its most vulnerable residents through community paramedicine, and save lives and reduce suffering by providing emergency medical services; prevent harm through prevention services and education programs; and to provide a work environment that is free from harassment and discrimination, and values health, wellness, cultural diversity, and equity.
Our Department’s Values drive our actions. The San Francisco Fire Department values:
- The public's trust and the opportunity to serve;
- A work environment that promotes health, wellness and harmony, respect for each person, and is free from harassment, discrimination, and retaliation;
- Leadership committed to the Department's Mission;
- A diverse work force that reflects the community it serves;
- A highly trained professional work force; and
- Teamwork to effectively achieve the Department's Mission.
We invite you to access our organizational chart and explore our website to learn about our history, leadership, accomplishments, operations, community programs and services.