Operations

Shift Captains

The Operations Bureau is lead by three shift captains that oversee the day-to-day operations of the fire department.

Dave Santos, A Shift Fleet

Capt Santos

Todd Wilson, B Shift Training

Capt Wilson

Todd Hiatt, C Shift Communications

Todd Hiatt
  1. Emergency Medical
  2. Fire Suppression
  3. Hazmat
  4. Rescue
  5. Training / Training Programs

Since the mid-1970's the Sanger Fire Department has provided high-quality prehospital services to its citizens. In 1981, the Department initiated a paramedic program which now serves as a model for much of Fresno County. The challenge emergency medical service (EMS) providers face is to make important, sometimes critical decisions with a limited amount of time and information. Below you will find a summary concerning your EMS system.

EMS Program

The EMS program is administered through the Fire Department and as a result, all EMS personnel are also professional firefighters experienced in a variety of specialized skills such as:

  • Extrication
  • High and low angle rope rescue
  • Suppression and confinement of hazardous materials
  • Swift water and confined space rescue
  • Technical rescue

Paramedic Level Staff

All firefighters are specifically trained as either Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or Paramedics. Currently, over half of the Department is trained to the Paramedic level. Each member of the Department is required by the State of California and Fresno County to complete at least 24 hours of continuing education for EMTs and 48 hours for Paramedics every two years. The required training for EMS providers is normally medically-based and keeps the members of the Department abreast of industry changes and advances in prehospital medicine.

Ambulance Staffing

The Sanger Fire Department requires at least two Paramedics on duty at all times. Currently, the Department provides two ambulances staffed with at least one Paramedic on each ambulance. Additionally, the Department places a Paramedic on the fire engine to provide care when both ambulances are committed to other calls. This ensures rapid arrival of Advanced Life Support (ALS) to each medical emergency. 

Service Areas

The boundary for the Paramedic ambulances is not limited to the City of Sanger. Currently, the Department provides ALS support to approximately 130 square miles of eastern Fresno County.