The Cincinnati Fire Department enjoys the distinction of being the first full-time, paid professional fire-fighting organization in the United States. This tradition continues today with the department continuing to provide the citizens of Cincinnati with the highest level of fire protection and EMS service. The department is organized into 4 districts with 26 stations. Principal fire suppression apparatus includes 26 engine companies, 12 ladder companies and 2 heavy rescue companies along with a number of specialized apparatus. EMS service is provided by 12 ALS ambulance (medic) units along with paramedic engine companies. There is at least one paramedic on call in each fire station.
02/13 - The Safety Officer is a newly created position that responds to 1 alarm or greater fires and other specified incidents. The radio designation is SO2 and the unit responds out of Station 14. As a result of the change, the Mask Service Unit has been relocated to Station 18.
01/13 - A third EMS Suoervisor has gone into service as ALS 38 running out of Station 38.
07/12 - The department has announced the construction of a new fire station for Engine 35. When complete, the station will house a medic unit in addition to the engine company.
03/12 - A significant change for the department - unit number graphics have been added to all medic and staff vehicles.
01/12 - Cincinnati has established a second EMS Field Supervisor as ALS 32 running out of Station 32.
12/11 - Cincinnati has received 4 new pumper trucks from Rosenbauer. They have been assigned to Engine 2, Engine 9, Engine 12 and Engine 38.
07/11 - The hazardous materials unit has been relocated to Station 14 and is now running as Haz Mat 14.
05/11 - Medic 18 has been moved and is now running as Medic 21.
04/11 - Cincinnati has received 3 new Rosenbauer aerials. They have been assigned to Ladder 17, Ladder 20 and Ladder 31.
04/11 - All Cincinnati ambulance units are now running as ALS and have adopted the Hamilton County unit designation of "Medic". The previous "Ambulance" and "Rescue" designations have been dropped. In addition, the previous Squad companies (9 & 14) are now running as Heavy Rescues and the EMS supervisor (Rescue 2) is now ALS 34.
12/09 - The last two pumpers in the Rosenbauer order have arrived and have been assigned to Engine 21 and Engine 35.
11/09 - The new Station 51 is operational. The larger facility has allowed Ambulance 51 to be established.
08/09 - The second batch of Rosenbauer pumpers have arrived. They have been assigned to Engine 12, Engine 14 and Engine 34.
06/09 - Three new Rosenbauer pumpers have been received. They have been assigned to Engine 20, Engine 24 and Engine 51.
10/08 - Cincinnati currently has 8 new pumpers on order with Rosenbauer.
04/08 - The new Spartan / Rosenbauer heavy rescue for Squad 9 goes into service.
03/08 - The new Station 9 is operational, It is the first new station to be built for Cincinnati in over 25 years.