About Unified Fire Authority
UFA is Utah’s largest fire agency with 694 employees. UFA protects 451,035 people and $41.8 billion dollars of taxable value in 15 municipalities and Salt Lake County. UFA provides service to all unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County and one municipality (Eagle Mountain) is located in Utah County.
UFA is a full-service fire agency, providing fire suppression, advanced life support, first response and transport, rescue, hazardous materials, bomb response, fire investigation, code enforcement, hazardous materials inspections, and Emergency Management for all of Salt Lake County. UFA is the sponsoring agency of Utah Task Force 1, one of 28 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams in the nation, provides Fire Management services for Camp Williams and emergency response for the Utah Data Center.
UFA operates as an independent fire authority under the direction of a 17-member Board of Directors. Each of the municipalities appoints one elected official from their municipality to serve on the UFA Board of Directors with the exception of Salt Lake County who can appoint two elected officials.
The UFA Command Staff is comprised of the Fire Chief/CEO, Chief Legal Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Chief of Administration and Planning, Assistant Chief of Emergency Services, Assistant Chief of Support Services, Communications Director, Human Resources Director, Fire Marshal, and the Operations Chief.
Of the 694 employees; 443 are full-time sworn firefighters, 57 are full-time civilian, 130 are “Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Only” part-time ambulance Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics, 50 are seasonal wildland firefighters, and the remaining 14 are part-time civilian employees. With the adoption of this recommended budget, the UFA will hire an additional nine full-time firefighters.
In 2020, UFA responded to 31,226 emergency incidents (10% increase) with 59,056 unit responses (4.6% increase) from 24 fire stations. UFA staffs 17 engine companies, 7 ladder companies, 13 ambulance crews (nine during the night), and 3 Battalion Chiefs every day. All crews have the training and equipment to mitigate the problems in their area, however, three fire stations specialize in hazardous materials, two in heavy rescue, four in water rescue, and one serves as the wildland duty officer with the authority to call for larger state assets, such as initial attack aircraft.
In 2020, Fire Prevention inspected 4,625 occupancies (4.3% increase); Special Enforcement investigated 197 fires (26% increase) and made 10 arrests; Information Outreach supported 153 community events (29% decrease) and 312 fire station tours (71% decrease). Our activity in the community was significantly curtailed by the yearlong pandemic.
Learn more about the History of UFA.