Response Policy

Midland Fire Department Response Policy
The classifications below cover the types of incidents to which the Midland Fire Department (MFD) frequently responds. The number of units responding and whether the response is an emergency or not is determined by the incident type. If the MFD responds to a call and no one is home, a form will be left indicating when the response was made, why, a brief description of the problem and what was done to resolve it, if any action was necessary.

Incident Types
  • Fire/Explosion Response (Calls to 9-1-1) - All three fire stations respond, bringing two pumpers, the tower truck and the shift commander. All units respond emergency (red lights and siren).
  • Automatic Fire Alarm (Automated Alarm System Vs. 9-1-1 Call) - All three stations respond, bringing two pumpers, the tower truck and the shift commander. Only the closest unit responds emergency; the other units respond routinely (no red lights and siren, and stop for traffic signals).
  • Gas Leak (Near Building) Response - All three stations respond, bringing two pumpers, the tower truck and the shift commander. All units respond emergency.
  • Aircraft Emergency - All three stations respond, bringing two pumpers, the tower truck and the shift commander. All units respond emergency.
  • Chemical Emergency - Closest pumper and shift commander respond emergency; other units are called as needed.
  • Water/Ice Rescue Response - Closest pumper, rescue squad with boat and shift commander respond emergency.
  • High Level Rescue Response - Closest pumper, tower truck and shift commander respond emergency.
  • Vehicle / Brush / Refuse Fire - Closest pumper responds emergency.
  • Medical Emergency Response - Closest pumper or the rescue squad responds emergency.
  • Service Call Response - Closest pumper routinely responds (no red lights and siren, and stop for traffic signals).
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Response - When no symptoms of CO poisoning are reported, the closest pumper routinely responds (no red lights and siren, and stop for traffic signals).