The department responds to emergency calls for service including structure fires, automobile fires, brush or grass fires, heart attacks, motor vehicle accidents and special rescues. In a typical year, the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department responds to more than 48,000 calls for emergency services. Emergency Medical Services account for over 80% of the requests the Department receives. The Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Response Unit and the HAZMAT Decontamination Unit responds to an average of 100 calls per year. The Heavy Rescue Unit responded to all types of special rescue calls to include water, high angle, confined space and trench rescues.
Since Nine Eleven (9-11), homeland security has become a major issue. The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department is working with the Department of Homeland Security to establish a regional response for the northern district of Alabama. The Department has Heavy Rescue, Hazardous Material Unit, and a Medium Rescue Unit, they are fully equipped to respond anywhere in the region.
Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology, training and emergency service in an effort to sustain our mission of "Excellence through Service".