The Wheeling Fire Department Suppression Division consists of three “platoons” – divided into A, B and C equally.
Each platoon works three 24-hours shifts in a 5-day work period, with 24-hours off in between, totaling three full days. Firefighters then have 4 days off after working 72-hours before coming back to work.
Each platoon has 28 firefighters on a shift, including a duty chief, and various ranks that man the city’s seven stations. Of the three platoons, there are 30 licensed paramedics that man Rescue 1 and Squad’s 1, 2 and 3.
The suppression division is the heart of the Wheeling Fire Department. Firefighter’s respond to roughly 6,500 calls for service annually, including structure fires, fire alarms, medical emergencies, distress calls, service calls and vehicle accidents.