Fire Operations

Our Operations Division is directed by Deputy Chief Mike Grzyb.

The Operations Division is the single largest component of the Saint Charles Fire Department. This division is responsible for fire suppression,
emergency medical services and special operations activities. Members of the Saint Charles Fire Department respond to over 10,000 calls for help each year.

Operations are composed of 75 full-time personnel organized into three platoons. Each platoon is supervised by a Battalion Chief who is
responsible for emergency and administrative functions for that particular platoon. The work schedule is an alternating schedule of 48-hour shifts.

The St. Charles Fire Department operates out of five firehouses located strategically throughout the city. We staff three engine companies and
two ladder companies. All five companies are staffed with paramedics and equipment to provide advanced emergency medical care. We also
staff two advanced life support ambulances at firehouses 1 and 5. Each ambulance is staffed by two paramedics whose prime function is to
provide emergency medical care and transport; however, they also perform firefighting duties during fire ground operations.