Rochester Fire Department

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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 18 fire companies are located in 15 different 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 Outreach 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 Will Jackson

Fire Chief Will Jackson is a more than 20-year veteran of the RFD. He joined the department in 1996 and was promoted to Deputy Chief in 2016, overseeing the Department’s training division. He has worked in the operations division, community outreach and recruitment. He will replace Chief John Schreiber, who is retiring after 30 years of service with the RFD.  Chief Jackson began his tenure as RFD Chief in January 2019.

Chief Jackson is a graduate of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Chief Officer Development Program, and the National Fire Academy.

He has received numerous awards and commendations. In 2013, he was recognized for saving a man trapped in a vehicle. In 2006, he helped save three children from a burning building. These are two of many, many examples of Jackson’s bravery and grace under pressure. He also has done extensive work outside the department, volunteering for the Pillars of Hope and VOA Camp Heroes program. He serves on the Rochester Sister Cities Puerto Plata Firefighters Project, delivering surplus fire trucks and equipment to that impoverished community.


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