The Denver Fire Department (DFD) proudly serves at Denver International Airport (DEN). The airport division is an all hazards response force charged with handling any and all fire or emergency services at DEN. DEN is the second largest airport in the world by size, and the 5th busiest airport in the United States, serving more than 69 million passengers annually.
The DFD provides service to the 52 square mile airport and addresses Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), which is an extremely unique assignment within the fire service. In addition to ARFF, DFD handles all structural firefighting and emergency responses in the same professional capacity as found in the rest of Denver. The DFD responds to many unique facilities including a fuel system that contains 26 miles of pipe, an underground maze of interconnected tunnels, and aircraft hangars located within the airport.
Denver Fire currently staffs five fire stations at DEN with 111 firefighters assigned to the suppression force. Personnel on duty provide 24/7 coverage with seven ARFF apparatus, one tower ladder, two engine companies and one chief officer. In addition, the airport division is commanded by a Division Chief and has it’s own administrative staff, training staff and fuel inspectors. Unique to DEN, firefighters are hazardous materials technicians who are equipped to manage hazardous materials incidents. Within its fleet, the DFD also has several specialized vehicles for specific rescue needs, such as a Sno-Cat for responses during inclement weather.
The airport division is a unique work environment and is a prestigious assignment for Denver firefighters. Members assigned to the airport have an average of 17 years of tenure within the department, and include the most experienced members in the ranks of firefighter, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief.