At the Start of a Fire
The Alarm Sounds
A standard first alarm response for a single-family residence consists of two pumpers, one aerial ladder, one rapid intervention team, two thermal imaging cameras, one staffing unit, one battalion chief and one advanced life support (ALS) transport unit. This brings a minimum of 20 emergency response personnel to the scene. The incident commander, usually a battalion chief, has the prerogative to request additional resources as conditions warrant. Implemented in 2006, an auto-aid agreement was entered into with Kansas City Fire Department (KCFD).
On all second alarm activations, an additional two pumpers, one aerial ladder, Rapid Intervention Team (RIT), one heavy rescue and one additional battalion chief. This will bring an additional 20 firefighters to the scene. All personnel utilize the Incident Management System (IMS) to manage and mitigate all natural or man-made emergencies.