The Fairmont Fire Department is manned 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In charge of the department is the Chief, whose office is located in Central Station. The Chief works day shift, and is assisted by a secretary. Also assisting the Chief is a Training / Fire Prevention Officer.
The 24 hour protection is offered by firefighters divided equally into 3 shifts of 13. Each shift is commanded by a Captain, stationed in Central, and 2 Lieutenants.
Each firefighter begins his or her career as a probationary firefighter and is required to complete a 3-year apprenticeship program through the National Labor Board. All promotions are done internally and are tested.