City of Salem (VA) Department of Fire and Emergency Management proudly protects 30000 people living in an area of 15 square miles. We operate out of 3 stations that protect a primarily residential area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a paid status.
MISSION STATEMENT To provide for a high quality of life for the residents of and the visitors to the City of Salem through the protection of life and property, provision of pre-hospital care for the sick and injured, and the mitigation of man made and natural emergencies. We will accomplish this through safety education and the effective and efficient delivery of emergency and non-emergency services, and perform our duties honestly and faithfully to the best of our ability and without favor, of prejudice. HISTORY The Department was organized in 1854, as a volunteer department. In 1907, a career staff was added to supplement the volunteers and became a fully career department in 1973. We currently employ 57 personnel, 6 administrative staff and 51 field providers. The fire department is divided into 5 functional divisions 1. Administrative (Fire Chief, Asst. Fire Chief, EMS Coordinator and Fire Training Officer) 2. Fire Prevention and Public Education 3. Emergency Management 4. Fleet Management 5. Operations The Salem Fire department provides mitigation for incidents involving fire, medical emergencies, hazardous material problems, water and technical rescue operations and aircraft incidents. The Operations Division works 12 hour shifts utilizing a four platoon system. All engines are equiped for Advanced Life Support assessment. The 2 Paramedical Transport Units are staffed 7 days a week and also works a 12 hour shift.