The proud members of the Oakland Fire Department are committed to providing the highest quality and highest level of courteous and responsive services to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Oakland. This is accomplished by implementing comprehensive strategies and training in fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and all risk mitigation, including human-caused and natural disasters, emergency preparedness, 9-1-1 services and community-based fire services. For News about the Fire Department, you can follow us on the following social media channels: Twitter (@OaklandFireCA) Facebook ( and Instagram (OaklandFireCA).

NOW RECRUITING for Firefighter EMT & Firefighter Paramedic Positions

Recruitment Flyer July and AUG 2023

The Oakland Recruiting Entry Level Firefighter EMTs & Paramedics.

Application Period: AUG 3rd - AUG 9th, 2023


• High school diploma or GED
• EMT or Paramedic License
• Valid Driver’s License
• CPAT within last 6 months

WATCH our Recruitment Video HERE:

Interested people can attend online open houses on the dates below, or email questions to

The sessions will be held on Zoom at the following dates and times:

 Saturday 7/15 at 1400 Wednesday 7/19 at 1800
 Saturday 7/22 at 1000 Thursday 7/27 at 1300
 Saturday 7/29 at 1400 Monday 7/31 at 1000
 Thursday 8/3 at 1300 Saturday 8/5 at 1000

There will be four (4) preparation sessions for the written test.

After the written exam, successful candidates will be invited to participate in an oral
board interview, which will be scheduled for a later date. Volunteers are needed to
participate in the interview panels. A separate communication seeking volunteers for
this portion of the civil service examination process will be distributed in the near

This is an exciting time as we continue to grow our organization.

In-Person Permitting Services with the Fire Prevention Bureau

Effective February 14, 2022, the Fire Prevention Bureau’s (FPB) permit counter is now located on the 2nd floor of 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza and offering In-Person permitting services by appointment only. CLICK HERE to review the appointment information and identify which appointment type you would like to schedule, then visit our Bookings website to schedule an appointment with FPB. We look forward to seeing and serving you!

The MACRO Program (Mobile Assistance Community Responders Of Oakland)

The City of Oakland is in the initial phases of beginning a Pilot Program known as MACRO (Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland). The MACRO Program is a community response program for non-violent 911 calls. The goal is to reduce responses by police, resulting in fewer arrests and negative interactions, and increased access to community-based services and resources for impacted individuals and families, and most especially for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Read the latest updates on MACRO here.

Department Leadership and Organizational Structure

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•Office of the Fire Chief

•Fiscal & Administration Services Division

•Field Operations Bureau

•Medical Services Division

• Emergency Management Services Division

•Fire Prevention Bureau

•Support Services Bureau

Public Education and Community Engagement

Fire Prevention Resources, Inspection, and Plan Review Information

Emergency Management Services Division

The Emergency Management Services Division (EMSD) within the Oakland Fire Department strives to build a safer and more resilient Oakland. We accomplish this goal by leveraging partnerships, developing our core capabilities, and maintaining a culture of preparedness.

We ensure the City of Oakland can respond to, recover from, and mitigate against any hazard that affects our city, the region, the state, and beyond. Through internal and external training and exercising, we build our capabilities, explore our vulnerabilities and evaluate and review our plans covering the entire cycle of preparedness to ensure continuous improvement.


Portrait of Damon Covington

Damon Covington

Interim Fire Chief

On June 9, 2023, Damon Covington was appointed to serve as Interim Fire Chief following the retirement of Dr. Reginald Freeman.

Chief Covington most recently served in the role of Deputy Chief of Fire Operations for the Oakland Fire Department.

Chief Covington has been a member of the Oakland Fire Department since 2001, starting as a Firefighter/Paramedic and promoting to the ranks of Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief. He has worked in several fire service capacities during his career, including Engineer of Training, Captain of Training, and Special Operations Battalion Chief. He served as President of the Oakland Black Firefighters Association from 2016 – 2022.

Chief Covington has a bachelor's degree in Sociology, and a master's degree in Public Administration, and is currently an adjunct professor for the Fire Science Program at Merritt College in Oakland. He is the proud father of one son.

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