By national standards, the Red Wing Fire Department is classified as a combination fire department. Its membership consists of 25 full time firefighter/paramedics and up to 30 paid-on-call firefighter/first responders.
The fire chief, training captain, fire marshal, and prevention specialist work varying 40-hour work week schedules, Monday through Friday. The remaining personnel are assigned to one of three revolving 24-hour shifts, each consisting of a fire captain and six firefighter/paramedics. Red Wing Fire Department personnel are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, to provide an immediate response to the fire protection and emergency medical needs of the community.
Paid-on-call firefighters are paged on an “on-call” basis simultaneously with full time personnel to reported structure fires or a variety of other large scale or specialized incidents that require mobilization of a large workforce. They respond from work or home as needed to address the emergency response needs of the department. Paid-on-call firefighters also attend regularly scheduled monthly training and scheduled public education events.