Salem Fire Department

​The Salem Fire Department provides a wide range of emergency services to the City of Salem and the Salem Suburban Fire District. Based in ten locations, the department currently runs ten advanced life support fire engines and two aerial ladder trucks 24-hours per day. Ambulance transport is provided through a public/private partnership with Falck Ambulance. The Salem Fire Department also maintains two back-up ambulances that provide patient transport in times of high call volume.

​Divisions of the Fire Department

Emergency Operations

This division, also called EOD, is responsible for all of the people and equipment that respond to 911 calls. There are over 20,000 calls each year which need Fire Department response. Most of these calls are for someone needing medical help. Yet, our crews also respond to fires, auto accidents, downed power lines, fire alarms, and other types of public service calls.

Emergency Operations also provides the following specialized services:

  • Swift water rescue
  • Trench, rope and high angle rescue
  • Hazardous materials response
  • Salem Police SWAT medics

Fire and Life Safety Services

The Fire and Life Safety Services Division, often called Prevention, is responsible for the following primary areas:

  • Inspecting commercial and apartment buildings to make sure they comply with fire safety rules
  • Investigating fire incidents to determine origin and cause of the fire
  • Emergency management and disaster preparedness for the City
  • Reviewing new construction plans to make sure all new buildings comply with fire building safety rules
  • Educating the public in fire safety and emergency preparedness

Training and Emergency Medical Services

This division oversees the department's training programs to ensure that the department is prepared for any emergency. It is also responsible for managing the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provided by the Fire Department.

The Training and EMS division has responsibility for the following:

  • Firefighter recruitment, hiring, and promotional testing
  • New recruit training academy
  • Ongoing training and certification of firefighters and paramedics
  • Medical supplies ordering and tracking
  • Marion and Polk county Ambulance Service Area (ASA) management
  • Private ambulance contract management

Contact us

Salem Fire Department
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
370 Trade ST SE
Salem OR 97301
Mailing address:
370 Trade ST SE
Salem OR 97301
503-588-6245Fire non-emergency number. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
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