The Springfield Fire Department consists of 8 Engine Companies 4 Truck Companies 1 Heavy Rescue Squad, 1 Tactical Unit and 2 District chiefs on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week. This is done from 8 fire stations staffed by a dedicated force of 237 sworn members, supported by a staff of 23 administrative and non-sworn personnel. The department protects a geographic area of 33.09 square miles and a population of 154,000 residence which makes Springfield the third largest city in Massachusetts and the fourth largest in New England.
On January 24th 2018 Mayor Dominic Sarno appointed Bernard J Calvi as the Fire Commissioner and the 27th person to lead the Springfield Fire Department since its inception in 1794. As Fire Commissioner, Calvi manages 237 sworn 14 civilian members, and an annual budget of over 23.5 million dollars. He is making the Springfield Fire Department a leader in the fire service by implementing several best practices, including sweeping changes to the incident command, and fire ground safety policies with the use of innovative technology.
Calvi is a lifelong Western Massachusetts resident with over 25 years of experience in Fire and emergency service. He has extensive experience in the Fire Service leadership, he is also a Paramedic, and Hazardous Materials Technician. He has attended numerous trainings on preparedness and terrorism response and serves on several local and regional committees.