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Longmont Public Safety Organizational Chart 2012
About the Fire Division
Although still called the "fire department", personnel in this division do a lot more than fight fires.
Longmont Fire provides emergency medical services to residents of Longmont. At a minimum, every Longmont firefighter is a state certified Emergency Medical Technician. In addition, each engine company on every shift, is assigned a paramedic who is specially trained to deliver life saving advanced life support.
Longmont firefighters are trained to respond to a wide variety of calls from the public. This includes the ability to extricate victims from car wrecks or construction accidents; to pull someone from a frozen lake; to rescue people from extreme heights or from the bottom of a collapsed trench (Technical Rescue Team). Firefighters are trained and prepared to deal with acid spills, propane leaks and carbon monoxide alarms (HazMat Team) efficiently and effectively. Other specialized teams are used for arson investigation and wildland fires. Many of your highly trained firefighters have used these skills while being deployed across the country to assist with disasters like the events of Sept 11, Hurricane Katrina, Space Shuttle Columbia, and the many wildland fires that have ravaged acres of forest lands and urban interface areas.
Some fire service personnel are assigned to other areas within the Public Safety Department. These team members provides proactive services for the safety and well-being of the Longmont community:
Fire Codes and Planning Inspectors review every plan for new subdivisions, new commercial buildings and new apartment buildings. They inspect industrial and commercial facilities to ensure hazardous materials are being used and stored in a safe manner.
The Fire Protection Engineer inspects every new fire sprinkler and fire alarm system installed in the city.
The Safety Education Coordinator provides fire and injury prevention training to students in the city through the St. Vrain Valley school system. This trained educator is also prepared to help parents correct dangerous fire setting behavior in their children.
- The Training and Recruitment staff provide training services for fire crews and conduct hiring and promotional processes.
- The Logistics Unit takes care of our facilities, equipment, and vehicles.
Information about these and other programs may be obtained by dialing (303) 651-8437, Monday through Friday, 8am until 5pm.
Public Safety Department
Police, fire, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Longmont Emergency Communications Center (LECC) may look a little different, but they’re still the Longmont Police and Fire Departments.
On October 29, the Public Safety Department – police, fire and associated services – took on a different shape. There are now four new deputy chiefs (two for fire, two for police) under Public Safety Chief Mike Butler. A number of previously independent service groups have also been combined. These adjustments have been made to emphasize and promote teamwork and interdependent relationships for a true Public Safety Department. The reorganization also brings about a number of efficiencies and consolidations of service, and it is being accomplished within the existing Public Safety operating budget.
||Jerod Vanlandingham has taken the helm as Deputy Chief of Fire Services. This group consists of all field staff that provides fire and medical response, including staff at all six fire stations, the medical liaison function, and fire codes and planning.
||Deputy Chief Rob Spendlow will provide leadership for Support Services. This includes police and fire staff with responsibility for logistics: fleet, facilities management, budget, purchasing, contracts and agreements. This also includes the training and personnel functions of both the police and fire departments.
||Deputy Chief Paul Zuber will head up Information Services, which includes the Longmont Emergency Communications Center, Public Safety Information Technology, and Outreach as well as the staff members who work in these areas.
||Craig Earhart has assumed the role of Deputy Chief of Police Services. He will provide oversight of street operations. Four commanders will report to him: two patrol commanders, one detective commander, and one special operations commander. This division will include all staff assigned to patrol, detectives and specialized units.
As police and fire departments across the U.S. change to meet the needs of the communities they serve, reorganizations similar to this one will prepare these departments for the future as well as provide for some exciting opportunities. These changes will provide greater efficiency in Support Services and Information Services and emphasize our commitment to improve and enhance the quality and quantity of information and data analysis