The Fire Department has been serving the community with fire protection, hazardous materials response, disaster preparedness, and emergency medical services for several decades. I am very proud of the men and women who strive each day to save lives and protect property as well as promote disaster preparedness and teach fire safety to children and adults alike.

For the past few years, the Fire Department has been moving towards a community-centered metric driven organization committed to providing quality emergency, preventative, and risk reduction activities to the community. Personnel have become more proactive towards risk identification, public education, safety education, increased Community Emergency Response Teams ("CERT") training, and fire investigation activities.

Moving in this direction, and through the hard work and efforts of the fire personnel, the City has achieved a Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of a Class 1 by the Insurance Services Offices (ISO). Out of 33,000 fire departments in the United States, Monterey Park is one of 132 agencies that has achieved this designation.