The proud men and women of the Oakland Fire Department are committed to providing the highest quality and highest level of courteous and responsive services to the residents of Oakland. This is accomplished by implementing comprehensive strategies and training in fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency medical services, all risk mitigation, emergency preparedness, 911 services and community-based fire services.

The City of Oakland is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Information on the plan and how you can participate will be available here starting January 15, 2021.

Department Leadership and Organizational Structure

Command Staff

•Office of the Fire Chief

•Fiscal & Administration Services Division

•Field Operations Bureau

•Medical Services Division

• Emergency Management Services Division

•Fire Prevention Bureau

•Support Services Bureau

Emergency Management Services Division

Emergency Management Services Division is here to help Oakland to prepare for and respond to emergencies and hazards. Help Oakland Respond to Emergencies by getting informed. Click the links below to discover more.

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Portrait of Melinda Drayton

Melinda Drayton

Interim Fire Chief

Chief Drayton began her fire service career in 1998 and was appointed Interim Chief of the Department on April 4, 2020. She promoted thru the ranks and most recently served as the Deputy Chief in charge of the Support Services Division which encompasses facilities, apparatus, contract compliance, legislative matters, capital improvement projects, fire communications and grant management. During her career, she had the opportunity to be the department’s public information officer for three years on an administrative staff assignment along with managing the dispatch center and served as the liaison for all department technology.

She served as the Incident Commander for the East Bay Incident Management Team deploying to disasters in both California and across the U.S. Also, she held a trustee position for I-women representing the Western Division. She has been involved in labor negotiations and has assisted a variety of departments nationally and internationally with policies and best practices involving pregnancy, fertility issues, family care and birth bonding. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.

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