Rochester Fire Department


The Rochester Fire Department provides professional services for life preservation, incident stabilization and property conservation. We protect life and property through fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous material management, technical rescue, fire prevention, disaster preparedness, public education and community risk reduction. The effective delivery of these services is achieved through a commitment to our employees and the community.


To be leaders in the delivery of fire and rescue services, and to provide the safest environment for our personnel and the people we serve.


The Rochester Fire Department operates on it's core values of professionalism, excellence, integrity, education and teamwork!

About the Rochester Fire Department 

The Rochester Fire Department has over 500 diverse uniformed and non-uniformed members, who reflect the community as a whole. Our 13 engines, 6 trucks, heavy rescue, and support staff respond to help from 15 neighborhood fire stations. Firefighters respond to numerous emergency situations, such as, vehicle extrication, medical emergencies, high-level rescue, hazardous materials incidents, structural collapse, swift water rescue, and many more emergency operations.

Our support staff is also a critical component of the department. The Fire Chief's Office is responsible for the overall management of the Department. These responsibilities include the establishment of personnel standards and policies, work schedules, public relations, training and the continuous review of operations and performance. Other areas of responsibility focus on fiscal control, personnel management, resource procurement and the coordination of the annual budget.

Our Community Risk Reduction Division  is eager to help you improve the safety of your home. As part of the Department's effort to keep the community safe, safety audits to help prevent falls and other injuries can be conducted.  Fire escape plans can also be developed. We are here to serve you!

Make sure to make us a part of your next block club, neighborhood get-together or invite us to meet with you to discuss fire safety and prevention. When you do that, you become an active participant in our vision of making Rochester the best and safest mid-sized city in the United States.

Fire Chief Felipe Hernandez Jr.

Fire Chief Felipe Hernandez Jr.Fire Chief Felipe Hernandez Jr. is a more than 20-year veteran of the RFD; he joined the department in 2000.  He has experienced many facets of the Fire Service throughout his career and has earned various New York State and National certifications.  These include Firefighter II, Fire Officer IV, and Fire Service Instructor II.  His past positions as a Chief Officer have included the roles of the Department’s Executive Deputy Chief, Training Division Chief, Line Division Chief, as well as Emergency Manager for the City of Rochester. 

Chief Hernandez holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Monroe Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from SUNY Brockport, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Change Management from Nazareth College.

Chief Hernandez has successfully completed the process to merit the professional designation of "Chief Fire Officer" (CFO).  The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on February 2, 2021 to confer his designation, thereby he became one of only 1,550 CFOs worldwide.  Achieving this designation signifies Chief Hernandez’s commitment to the fire and emergency services.


Phone: (585) 428-7037
For copies of fire reports visit the City of Rochester FOIL Page