The Goa State Fire and Emergency Services constituted under the Goa State Fire Force Act 1986 is headed by the Director with its Headquarters and Logistic Centre at Panaji. Besides fulfilling the main objectives of fire prevention, fire protection, firefighting, and rescue, the department generally attends people in distress. Over the years, it has attained a multi-dimensional role in saving and protecting life and property of the people with its activities in fire prevention, fire protection, fire suppression, and training. The department is being developed to provide effective fire and emergency cover to the people and property in the State. The approved strength of the Goa Fire and Emergency Services is 1088 including Officers and administrative staff. It provides round the clock services with the set up of 14 Fire Stations located in the township of the respective local Bodies/Municipalities viz; Panaji, Vasco, Mapusa, Pernem, Pilerne, Ponda, Kundaim, Old-Goa, Bicholim, Valpoi, Margao, Verna, Curchorem, and Canacona.
The Department has decentralized the administrative work into three Zones viz; South Zone, Central Zone, and North Zone. The Deputy Director (Fire) and Divisional Officer has been declared as Head of Office and Drawing and Disbursing Officer respectively for South Zone and Central Zone. The operational control of South Zone, Central Zone, and North Zone are under the control of Dy. Director (Fire), Divisional Officer and Asst. Divisional Officer respectively. The Fire Stations under the Jurisdiction of South Zone, Central Zone, and North Zone are as below:-
Dy. Director (Fire),
Under jurisdiction of Fire Station Margao, Curchorem, Canacona and Verna
Under jurisdiction of Fire Station Ponda, Valpoi, Bicholim, Kundaim and Old-Goa
Assistant Divisional Officer,
Under jurisdiction of Fire Station Pernem, Mapusa, Pilerne, Panaji and Vasco
Each Fire Station is headed by one Station Fire Officer/Officer-In-charge. The Officer and Fire Personnel on duty at the respective Fire Station will be the first responder for all types of Fire/Emergencies which include natural and man-made disasters.
The Administrative and Accounts section of the department is supervised by the Dy. Director (Admn.)/Head of Office and Assistant Accounts Officer/Drawing and Disbursing Officer. The overall control of the Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services is vested with the Director, Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services.