The City of Merced Fire Department (MFD) is a career fire department with a staff of 65 full time employees: one Fire Chief, one Fire Deputy Chief, three Fire Battalion Chiefs, 57 line personnel, one Fire Inspector, and two secretaries. The personnel assigned to Operations are divided between three shifts/platoons (A, B, C) consisting of 19 personnel staffing 5 engines and one truck company where the emergency units respond from 5 strategically located fire stations within the City, 24 hours per day.
Operations personnel work a 48/96 schedule, starting at 8:00 am and ending at 8:00 a.m. 48 hours later. The MFD is responsible for protecting more than 23 square miles and more than 45% of the population of Merced County. In 2014, the MFD responded to 6,362 calls for service and is proud that the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating is currently a Class 2.
At any hour of the day, MFD firefighters can be seen outside any of the City's 5 fire stations cleaning and maintaining the City's investment in emergency apparatus, conducting training exercises, assisting citizens and visitors, performing repairs, conducting public fire education classes, installing smoke alarms, and a wide array of other activities that enhance the public's safety.
The MFD Administrative Offices are located at 99 East 16th Street, Merced, CA 95340. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The non-emergency phone number is (209) 385-6891, and the fax number is (209) 388-7930. Please do not hesitate to call or stop in if you have a question or issue.
As always, dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.