The Operations Division is where the rubber meets the road, literally.
The Operations Division is responsible for ensuring the emergency response service needs of the community are met with the most skilled and competent personnel and accomplishes this task by ensuring all personnel are trained to the highest level of efficiency and competence.
The physical resources of the Operation Division consist of three strategically located fire stations within the Town of Little Elm to ensure a prompt response to all areas of our response district. Each fire station is equipped to house a fully-staffed fire apparatus and ambulance. The fire response area is divided into three districts to ensure the most efficient response of services to the areas covered.
Each fire station houses at least one firefighting apparatus and an ambulance. Other mobile resources and equipment spread among the three stations include a tanker, Battalion Chief wagon, two brush trucks, support/air truck, reserve quint, reserve ambulance, and a 6 x 6 Polaris for special event emergency medical services or for deep woods fire suppression. In addition, due to the Town Limits covering a portion of Lake Lewisville, the Town has a public safety boat and a pair of jet-skis shared between the police and fire departments to ensure that public safety needs on the water are met.
By far, the most important resource of the Little Elm Fire Department's Operations Division are the men and women who provide fire and emergency services. Little Elm employs 58 personnel in the Operations Division. Overseen by the Assistant Fire Chief, operations personnel are assigned to one of three shifts, known as A, B, and C shifts, and work on a 24-hours on/48-hours off rotation. Minimum staffing for each shift is 16 personnel a day and includes one Shift Commander, three Captains, three drivers, and nine firefighter/EMTs.
It's More than Just Fire Fighting
Besides responding to structure, grass, and vehicle fires; other services provided by the Operations Division include:
• Technical Rescue services for high angle, water, trench, and confined space rescue
• Vehicle and machinery extrication and rescue
• Motor vehicle collisions response
• Water Tanker Operations (to support areas with limited or no water sources)
• Trauma and medical emergency care
• Non-urgent calls for services (i.e., vehicle lock-outs)
• Special event Emergency Medical Services