The mission of the Operations Division is to provide fire, rescue and other emergency services at acceptable levels of customer service and cost. Operations personnel provide this protection on a day-to-day basis through proper and quality training and by maintaining both themselves and their equipment in a state of readiness.
Services include fire suppression, vehicle rescue, technical rescue, hazardous materials response and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) response.
Members of the department are some of the best emergency responders in the state, and they participate in area and regional response teams such as the Bexar County Weapons of Mass Destruction Team, South Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) Communications team and STRAC regional Rescue Team.
The Operations Division is composed of 24 cross-trained career firefighters, divided into three shifts of 8 members. Each shift has a Captain, two Engineers and five firefighters. Shifts are 24 hours on duty, followed by 48 hours off duty. The minimum shift staffing is 6 per shift
The Operations Division's vehicles include:
Engine 1 - 1991 Pierce "Lance" 2000gpm rescue/pumper.
Truck 1 - 2000 Pierce "Dash" 105' Aerial 2000gpm/Quint with all-steer.
Truck 2 - 1981 American LaFrance "Water Chief" 75' Aerial 1500gpm/Quint
Brush 1 - 1972 Chevrolet 250gpm Brush Patrol Vehicle
HM1 – 2007 Ford F350 Trailer Prime Mover
12' Wells Cargo Haz-Mat Trailer
24' Wells Cargo Weapons of Mass Destruction Trailer
15’ Zumro IRB with motor and trailer
The Leon Valley Fire Department has an array of specialized equipment for responding to hazardous materials incidents including special chemical-resistant suits, detection equipment, absorbent booms and pads, collection pools, decontamination equipment, over-pack drums, and devices and tools for patching leaks.
The Fire Department maintains a cache of water rescue equipment for response to flooding and low-water crossing rescues that occur within the City. Equipment includes throw bags, Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs), helmets, ropes and rope rescue hardware, and an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) and motor.