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About Unified Fire Authority

About Unified Fire Authority

UFA is Utah’s largest fire agency with 692 employees serving an estimated 458,000 residents in 15 municipalities and unincorporated Salt Lake County. The UFA provides service to all unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County and one municipality (Eagle Mountain) is located in Utah County. Of the 692 employees; 485 are full-time sworn firefighters, 57 are full-time civilian, 90 are “Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Only” part-time ambulance Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics, 47 are seasonal wildland firefighters, and the remaining 13 are part-time civilian employees. An additional 12 full-time firefighters were added in February 2023 to increase the staffing levels to four-handed staffing at Stations 108 (Big Cottonwood), 113 (Little Cottonwood) and 251 (Eagle Mountain). These 12 additional firefighters are fully funded by UFSA.

The 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 board members. 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.

In 2022, UFA responded to 35,972 emergency incidents with 64,294 unit responses from 24 fire stations. UFA staffs 17 engine companies, 7 ladder companies, 10 24-hour ambulance crews, 4 peak-load ambulance crews, and 3 Battalion Chiefs every day. All crews have the training and equipment to mitigate the problems in their area; however, two 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 2022, Fire Prevention inspected 7,177 occupancies; Special Enforcement investigated 245 fires and made 19 arrests; Information Outreach supported 281 community events and 220 fire station tours.

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