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The suppression division of the Rochester Fire Department is responsible for fire protection in an area of more than 45 square miles, inhabited by more than 30,000 people. In order to provide this service on a professional and cost effective level, the personnel and equipment must at all times be ready for an immediate response.
Currently, the suppression division is staffed by 33 members. These members are divided in four groups, more commonly known as shifts. Each shift is comprised of 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, and at least 6 Firefighters. Each shift works an average of 42 hours per week. The work week is broken down as follows: members will work one 24 hour shift with two days off and then work one 24 hour shift with 4 days off. The shifts run from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m.
The Captain (Shift Commander, Shift Officer) assigned to Station 1 is the supervisor for the six firefighters and one lieutenant. The shift officers job is to ensure the daily activities for the department are carried out. Also, the Captain will determine the needed resources to provide an effective response for emergency calls. Other responsibilities are but not limited to, evaluations, conducting training, performing various inspections and tasks otherwise assigned.
The Lieutenant is assigned to station 2 along with two of the six on duty firefighters. He is responsible for the supervision of the firefighters under his control at Station 2. Also, the Lieutenant will determine the needed resources to provide an effective response for emergency calls. Other responsibilities are but not limited to, evaluations, conducting training, performing various inspections and tasks otherwise assigned.
Firefighters are split between the two stations and are responsible for performing the daily activities along with maintenance and operating the departments apparatus and specialized equipment and tools. Daily activities which must be performed are station maintenance, which ensures a clean and safe work place for the employees as well as the public. A substantial amount of time is devoted to equipment care and maintenance. Devoting this time confirms that the equipment will be operable without notice at any time during the day or night. The firefighters also spend several hours training. This allows them to maintain the skills they have acquired along with staying current with new technology in the fire service. If time allows, the firefighters may also participate in a physical fitness program. The firefighters also perform several other duties from assisting the Shift Officer, conducting tours for visitors to working on special details and projects.
Along with performing the above listed functions, the primary function of the suppression division is to respond to calls for assistance. Some examples of calls which we respond to are structure fires, car accidents, medical assist, alarm activation’s, lock outs and public assists.
As you have read, the members of the Rochester Fire department maintain a steady work schedule while on duty. Below you will find two time lines which mirror a typical day shift along with a typical night shift.
24 HR Shift
0700-0720 Shift Briefing
0720-0730 Vehicle Inspection
0730-0830 Station Maintenance
0830-0930 Vehicle Maintenance
0930-1030 Vehicle Cleaning
1030-1145 Extra Details
1500-1845 Workouts, Study Time
1845-2100 Training, Workouts, Study Time, Extra Projects
As mentioned earlier, we respond to emergency calls every day. Therefore, the schedules will be altered or adjusted to allow for the time that is consumed attending to the incidents.
Should you have any further questions which you would like answered, feel free to either contact us by phone, e-mail or stop in for a visit.
Before joining the Rochester Fire Department, Chief Klose spent the entirety of his 28-year career with the Bedford Fire Department. He began his career in Bedford as a call firefighter and worked his way up through the ranks of the department, rising to a full-time firefighter, captain and—most recently—the deputy chief for operations and training and the deputy emergency management director.
As Deputy Chief in Bedford, Chief Klose was responsible for the department’s day-to-day operations, department personnel and training on a variety of essential areas, including fire suppression, hazardous materials management and emergency medical aid. During his time with the Bedford Fire Department, Chief Klose earned numerous distinctions, including being recognized with the 2013 New Hampshire Fire Service Award of Excellence, the 2015 New Hampshire Leather Helmet Society’s Outstanding Service Award, as well as an Army Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal, among others.
I joined the Rochester Fire Department in 1988 as a Call firefighter on Engine 3 in Gonic, and become a permanent member in 1993. I was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 2005 and then promoted to Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal in June 2008. I have an Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. I am also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. In May of 2011 I was then promoted to the Assistant Chief of the Fire Department.
Deputy Chief Tim Wilder – Fire Marshal
I started in the fire service in 2001 and have worked in the cities of Somersworth, Concord and the Town of Durham. I oversee the bureau of Fire Prevention including plans review, place of assembly permitting, rental housing and fire safety complaints. Fire Prevention is also in charge of all fire investigations within the city.
Deputy Chief Dennis Dube – Training
Deputy Chief John Powers – Fire Prevention
My involvement in the fire service began in 1990 as a Fire Explorer with the Raymond Fire Department. I eventually acquired the necessary training to begin working full-time with the Kingston Fire Department. My interest in fire prevention led me to work for the Bedford Fire Department and then the Durham Fire Department before moving on to the Lilac City in 2016. I work directly with the Fire Marshal and my colleagues in other city departments to identify and address fire & life safety hazards, as well as provide prevention-related education to the community at large.
Jessica Gray – Secretary
I have worked for the Rochester Fire Department since February 2018. I am the Secretary to the Fire Chief. I am responsible for payroll records, sick & vacation leaves, and the auditing and reconciling the budgeted funds for the department. I assist in preparing the department budget, type correspondences for the Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief and Captains.
Captain Eric Lenzi
Lieutenant Nick Marique
Captain Mike George
Lieutenant Steve Plante
Captain Mark Avery
Lieutenant Ken Chick
Captain Joe Burns
Lieutenant Jarrod Wheeler
The Call Force consists of 3 companies operating out of the Central Fire Station. The major function of the call force is to support the full-time personnel in the event of a major fire or incident that requires additional personnel. Each Company is staffed with a Company Captain and a Lieutenant.
Jeff Hunt – Chaplain
Adam Hughes – Captain, Engine Company 1
Mark Desrosiers – Lieutenant, Engine Company 1
William Kincaid – Firefighter, Engine Company 1
Brian Badgley – Lieutenant, Engine Company 3
Greg Bolstridge – Firefighter, Engine Company 3
Scott Sneirson – Captain, Ladder Company 1
Gayden Lambert – Firefighter, Ladder Company 1
Colin Hickman – Firefighter, Ladder Company 1
Mike Rowell – Firefighter, Ladder Company 1
Kevin Hodgson – Firefighter, Engine Company 3