BCFD Leadership Team
Led by Chief Niles R. Ford, PhD the Baltimore City Fire Department serves a geographic area of 92 square miles and a population of more than 620,000 residents. The department has over 1700 members who are divided into three management branches – Emergency Operations, Safety and Member Services and Community Risk Reduction.
Chief of Staff - Amy Beth Leasure supervises the Fire Chief’s staff and manages headquarters functions. These functions assist the Fire Chief in managing the internal and inter-agency business operations of the department the department responds to more than 235,000 calls for service per year.
Assistant Chief of Operations - Charles Svehla oversees the work of four Shift Commanders and the Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services. Operations personnel work out of 39 neighborhood fire stations. These units include 7 Battalion Chiefs, 35 engine companies, 17 truck companies, 26 first-line medic units, 10 peak medic units, 1 heavy rescue and specialty units such as hazmat response units, special operations command units, mobile command vehicles, and various fireboats.
Assistant Chief of Community Risk Reduction - Chris Caisse oversees three support divisions which are the Office of the Fire Marshal, Information Technology Services, and Logistics. All of these divisions help in supporting the operational functions of the Baltimore City Fire Department. The Office of the Fire Marshal services our community by providing public fire safety and educational resources. Logistics is responsible for the procurement of all fire department apparatus, equipment, and supplies while overseeing the maintenance of all facilities. Information technology helps to support the agencies internal communications infrastructure and fire dispatch system.