Spotlight Department -- Berkeley Fire

The California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee periodically spotlights the training of one of our participating departments. Our current department in the spotlight is:

Berkeley Fire Department

Berkeley firefighters in training (click image to view photo gallery)

The Berkeley Fire Department was established in 1904 and is said to have been the first motorized fire department in the western United States.

Serving a densely populated eleven square miles that encompass the City of Berkeley, the Berkeley Fire Department provides 24-hour emergency response, including EMS, HazMat and other life threatening situations, in addition to fire suppression.

Under the supervision of an Assistant Chief, personnel respond from seven fire stations located throughout Berkeley. The department also supports these efforts with a fire prevention and public education program.  

Berkeley Fire Fighters Association Local 1227 represents the city's 130+ sworn firefighters.

As one of the earliest CFFJAC affiliates, Berkeley Fire has a legacy of support for building a strong, diverse and well-trained fire service. Fire Chief Debra Pryor is herself a former CFFJAC apprentice.

Berkeley Fire in Action


At a recent training session in Livermore, Berkeley firefighter apprentices got a taste of live burn conditions similar to those they would face in their densely-populated, densely-constructed community.

Click the link below to view the Department in the Spotlight video:

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