The Lodi Fire Department operates a variety of vehicles to accomplish its missions. Many of them are very visible and familiar; others are unique with specialized capabilities and functions.
All Lodi fire stations have a staffed fire engine in service. At Station 1 in downtown Lodi, we staff a fire truck along with an engine. All engines and trucks carry basic life support (BLS) equipment allowing firefighters to provide emergency medical care. All Lodi firefighters are certified to at least the level of an emergency medical technician (EMT).
The Battalion Chief Command Vehicle is housed at Station 1 and staffed with a Battalion Chief at all times.
The two most basic pieces of firefighting apparatus are the fire engine and the fire truck. Although many people use the terms interchangeably, the two vehicles are, in fact, very different, and each performs a different function for the fire department. Attacking the fire is the primary purpose of a fire engine. Supporting the fire attack crew, as they extinguish the fire, is the primary purpose of a fire truck.
The LFD also maintains other pieces of specialized apparatus. The on-duty crew at the station will staff and operate these specialized units when needed.