Organization & Control

 The Fire Service in Goa has been constituted under the Fire Force Act 1986. Under section 4 of the Act, the superintendence and control of the Fire Force shall vest in the Director of Fire & Emergency Services. He shall be responsible to the Government for the efficient functioning of the Service. Operationally Fire Service consists of one Headquarter, three sub divisions and a Fire Prevention and Training Cell, each headed by a Gazetted Officer. At present there are 12 Fire stations and 01 Headquarter with an approved technical strength of 524 personnels and 44 articulated vehicles of various nomenclature, Viz; Hydraulic Platform, High Pressure CO2, Foam Tender, Emergency Tender, Multipurpose High Pressure Tender, Water Tender, Industrial Fire Tender, Utility Van, Recovery Van, Ambulances and staff cars for Fire Department. These Fire stations are located in cities/towns of the respective local bodies Viz; at Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Curchorem, Canacona, Pernem, Mapusa, Ponda, Bicholim, Valpoi, Old-Goa & Verna. A Fire Station is the basic unit of Fire Service organisation. Two or three appliances of the above description and an ambulance are provided under the charge of a Station Officer / Assistant Station Officer depends on the risk potential and area to be covered by the Station. Every Taluka except Sanguem in Goa has been provided with a Fire Station.

In order to ensure effective command and control, Fire Stations are grouped under command of Asst. Divisional Officer for operational activities. There are three Sub-Division Viz; Panaji, Ponda and Margao each under the control of respective Assistant Divisional Officer’s for mobilisation. They will be the first responders for all types of emergencies which include natural and man made disasters (under their jurisdiction).