The Operations Division of Florence Fire/EMS is under the command of Asst. Chief Scott Knoll.  This division consists of 59 sworn firefighters and officers that protect the city and surrounding fire district. Each of our 3 shifts consist of 19 personnel from three stations throughout our response district.  Those 19 personnel staff 1-engine, 1-rescue/engine, 1-(77') quint, 1-(95') aerial platform, 3 ALS ambulances and 1 battalion chief's vehicle each day.  The operations division carries out the daily duties of the fire/EMS department and is responsible for performing and conducting:

  • Fire suppression
  • Fire prevention
  • EMS response
  • Hazardous Materials response and mitigation
  • Rescue
  • Fire hydrant testing and maintenance
  • Life safety inspections
  • Public education 

In addition to these duites, Asst. Chief Knoll also manages the fleet maintenance program. For additional information, please contact Asst. Chief Scott Knoll


The Fire Prevention Division is under the command of Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Kevin Vogelpohl. Those areas of responsibilities falling under this division include:

  •  Annual inspection for fire and life safety code compliance of over 2,800 commercial and multi-family buildings
  • Enforcement of the city ordinances related to fire and life safety
  • Representing the Fire/EMS Department on the City Code Enforcement Board
  • Managing fire prevention/public education activities
  • Providing departmental staff with training on fire and life safety codes
  • Works with local and state officials in plan review and inspection of new and renovated commercial construction
In addition to these duties, the Fire Marshal is also a member of Fire Investigation Team. For additional information, please contact Fire Marshal Kevin Vogelpohl


The Training Division of the Florence Fire /EMS Department is under the supervision of Battalion Chief Bill Allen.  As a department, 10,000 plus training hours are completed per year on average.  The  Training Division is responsible for the following :

  • Weekly delivery of  fire/EMS training for each of the (3) shifts of the department
  • EMS continuing education for EMTs and Paramedics
  • Providing recruit orientation for new members of the department
  • Ensuring that members receive the proper training to maintain various certifications required to perform their duties
  • Maintaining training records for each member of the department
  • Health and Wellness of the members
  • Department Safety Officer

For additional information, please contact Battalion Chief Bill Allen