Implementation of 4th Battalion

Implementation of 4th Battalion
Posted on 03/16/2020
Aurora Fire News Release

On Monday, March 16 at 8 a.m. Aurora Fire Rescue implemented a fourth battalion.  Prior to the transition, Aurora Fire Rescue’s 16 fire stations were divided into 3 battalions, or districts, each commanded by a Battalion Chief. 

In the fall of 2019 the department was advised that Aurora City Council had amended the 2020 budget to include an additional 5 full time employees, making it possible to staff a fourth battalion. This amendment is supported by a $809,580 federally funded grant that was awarded to Aurora Fire Rescue as part of FEMA’s Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program. 

The added battalion will allow the department to effectively manage two complex incidents within the City of Aurora simultaneously with both an Incident Commander and an Incident Safety Officer.  This addresses a critical need for safety oversight and will help the department administratively, with an added supervisor to disseminate critical information and improve the communication process.

Aurora Fire Rescue provides fire suppression, emergency medical services and all-hazard response in the City of Aurora.  The department is currently building its seventeenth fire station and employs more than 450 uniformed members.

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