Fire

The Orem Fire Department provides Fire Protection, Advanced Life Support, Fire Prevention, and Fire Safety and First-aid Public Education to the citizens of Orem. The members of our department are dual-certified firefighter/paramedics. We also provide special response services to include; High-Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Structural Collapse , Trench Rescue and Hazardous Material mitigation.

The Orem Fire Department was created in 1947. At that time, the department was staffed with eight volunteer firemen and one fire engine. The department continued as a volunteer organization until 1971, at which time the first full-time firefighter was hired. The department expanded over the next several years to keep pace with the population growth.

 

The first full-time fire station was built in the south end of Orem in the early 1970’s and is still in operation today. The City of Orem added a second station in the north end of the City in the late 1970’s and it too is still in operation today. A third fire station was built on the west side of the City in 1995 and remains operational today.

 

The City of Orem also provides Fire & EMS services to the town of Vineyard and Lindon City. Lindon City is currently building a new Public Safety Building that will also serve as a fully staffed and functioning fire station for the residents of Lindon City and north Orem.

The Fire Chief is the highest-ranking officer of the Orem Fire Department. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as direct interaction with City and elected officials. He is responsible for the planning and execution of the department’s customer service and emergency response objectives.

 

The Operations Battalion Chiefs are responsible for all Operations personnel assigned to their Platoon, which consists of four fire stations and 20 firefighters. The Operations Battalion Chief is the highest-ranking officer in the Operations Division. They are responsible for managing large-scale incidents and/or incidents requiring multiple apparatus. This includes fire and EMS incidents.

 

The Administrative Battalion Chief is responsible for administrative functions of the department, as well as fire and EMS training for the Operations Division. He oversees the City’s Emergency Manager and associated emergency planning. The Administrative Battalion Chief responds on large-scale incidents as a member of the Command Staff. He manages the department's Special Response Team and responds throughout the City and County on all incidents requiring specialized rescue. He also serves as the department’s Public Information Officer.

 

Company Officers supervise the personnel assigned to each fire station. They are responsible for the daily activities of each station, including training, apparatus inspections and station maintenance. They are responsible for the management of fire & EMS incidents requiring a single station response.

Tours & Appearances

We offer fire station tours and/or public relations events with our firefighters at your location, although we do not participate in PR events for commercial or financial purposes. Station tours and PR events are normally 30-45 minutes long.

 

Please keep in mind that our priority is emergency response and even with scheduled events, the possibility exists that our firefighters will be needed for an emergency response. If our firefighters are not at the station, or your event, when scheduled, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 801-229-7070.

 

Station tours and PR events are scheduled for Tuesdays & Thursdays. If you have a special request requiring another day, please contact Harriet Jorgensen @ 801-229-7327.

Employment with the Orem Fire Department

The fire department conducts continuous recruitment and new hire testing on as needed basis. Our new hire lists are usually valid for one year, but may be retracted or extended at the direction of the Fire Chief.

Applicants for the position of Firefighter/Paramedic must possess the following: High school diploma or equivalent, Utah State Paramedic, and/or Utah Firefighter II, BLS, PALS/PEPP, ACLS.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting City of Orem Human Resources at 801-229-7196, or by visiting the Human Resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

The open house is held each October, in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. Check the City Calendar for specific date, time, and location.

We do not offer CPR certification courses. We encourage those needing this training to contact the American Red Cross.

Yes, recreational fires are permitted year round, although there are rules that must be followed.

  1. The fire must be at least 25 feet from any structure or combustible material
  2. The fire pit should not exceed 3 feet in diameter
  3. There must be a mean of extinguishment present, such as a garden hose
  4. If the fire becomes a nuisance and/or the fire department is contacted, the fire must be extinguished
  5. The fire must be constantly monitored by an adult
  6. The property owner is responsible for any damage that results from the use of a recreational fire
  7. The fire must be completely extinguished and not allowed to smolder after use.
  8. Trash, yard waste, hazardous items, building materials may not be burned.

We do not allow residents to ride along with our firefighters for liability reasons. 

We offer fire station tours and/or public relations events with our firefighters at your location, although we do not participate in PR events for commercial or financial purposes. Station tours and PR events are normally 30-45 minutes long.

 

Station tours and PR events are scheduled for Tuesdays & Thursdays. If you have a special request requiring another day, please contact Harriet Jorgensen @ 801-229-7327.

 

Please keep in mind that our priority is emergency response and even with scheduled events, the possibility exists that our firefighters will be needed for an emergency response. If our firefighters are not at the station, or your event, when scheduled, please contact our non-emergency dispatch at 801-229-7070.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued new rules for open burning.

Open burning is regulated by the Division of Air Quality (DAQ). There are statewide rules in place that regulate open burning activities to help minimize emissions and ensure that the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are met. Recent modifications to these rules change the open burn periods and include a statewide requirement to obtain a permit from the local fire department prior to burning.

Applicants that live in The City of Orem are required to complete the open burn permit application on the DAQ Website or here is the direct link to the form. After the application is completed and submitted, a copy of the application will be sent electronically to the Orem Fire Department, now the permit is valid.

 

Residential burn season for The City of Orem starts on March 30 and ends on May 30 and in the fall beginning September 15 thru October 30.

 

  1. Farmers have no changes.
  1. Spring Open Burn window is March 30 to May 30th.
  1. Fall Open Burn window is September 15 to October 30th.
  1. Anyone wanting a permit needs to go to www.airquality.utah.gov/Compliance/OpenBurning/index.htm  and apply for a permit from the DAQ. (it will then be forwarded to us)
  1. Clearing index must be at least 500 to burn  http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/projects/ifp/html/webSMF_new.php   (permit holder must check on the day the permit is for, if its below 500 the permit is void)
  1.  It is no longer legal for anyone to burn anything related to property development, even trees and brush.
  1. No one is allowed to burn trash, dimensional lumber, tires etc.

Fire Operations

Our Operations Division is staffed by dual-role Firefighter/Paramedics. These dual-role personnel staff both fire apparatus and ambulances. Our personnel fill the required role based on the nature of the incident, fire or EMS.

 

Our department is licensed for 911 scene response and transport, as well as inter-facility transfers, all at the ALS paramedic level. The Department maintains the latest technologies and equipment to ensure exceptional patient care and outcomes for those we provide treatment and transportation to. We maintain a fleet of seven ALS ambulances to provide uninterrupted coverage to all citizens. We respond to over 5800 calls for service annually. Many of these incidents require a multi-station response, which results in over 11,000 apparatus responses annually.

 

Our staffing levels and response times comply with and/or exceed NFPA 1710, which is the national standard for the organization and deployment of fire suppression, EMS and special operations for career fire departments. Each fire station is staffed with one certified Fire Officer, one certified Engineer and a minimum of two certified firefighters, all of whom maintain paramedic certification. We have one Operations Battalion Chief on duty at all times.

 

We maintain a fleet of six fire engines, one aerial ladder truck, two wildland apparatus, one heavy extrication, one special response apparatus and two command staff vehicles.

 

We maintain a special response team that consists of personnel who hold additional certifications as Hazardous Materials Technician, Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, Structural Collapse and Confined Space Rescue technicians. This team of highly trained personnel also responds throughout Utah County.

 

Fire Stations

STATION #1 300 E. 1000 S.

Staffing:
1 Fire Officer
1 Engineer
3 Firefighter/Paramedics


Apparatus:
1 Primary Response 105’ Aerial Ladder Truck
1 Primary Response Paramedic Ambulance
1 Special Response Apparatus
1 Mobile Breathing Apparatus Refill Station
1 Reserve Fire Engine
1 Reserve Paramedic Ambulance

STATION #2 911 N. Main

Staffing:
1 Fire Officer
1 Engineer
3 Firefighter/Paramedics


Apparatus:
1 Primary Response Fire Engine
1 Primary Response Paramedic Ambulance
1 Reserve Fire Engine
1 Reserve Paramedic Ambulance

STATION #3 225 N. 1200 W.

Staffing:
1 Battalion Chief
1 Fire Officer
1 Engineer
3 Firefighter/Paramedics


Apparatus:
1 Primary Response Fire Engine
1 Primary Response Paramedic Ambulance
1 Heavy Extrication Apparatus
1 Wildland Apparatus
1 Command Vehicle
1 Reserve Paramedic Ambulance

STATION #5 60 N. MAIN
Lindon, UT

Staffing:
1 Battalion Chief
1 Fire Officer
1 Engineer
3 Firefighter/Paramedics


Apparatus:
1 Primary Response Fire Engine
1 Primary Response Paramedic Ambulance
1 Heavy Extrication Apparatus
1 Wildland Apparatus
1 Command Vehicle
1 Reserve Paramedic Ambulance

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