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David Dolphin, Deputy Director of Utilities
(626) 570-3230
111 South First Street
Building Division Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Plan Check Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm


The Fire Department is repsonsible for providing fire safety, emergency services, and the delivery of emergency medical services to the community. This is accomplished by coordination with various City departments, and by working with other local, State, and Federal agencies. The Department responds to over 6,000 fire, escue, emergency medical, and hazardous material incidents per year. On average, fire crews can respond to an emergency and begin working within four to six minutes from initial dispatch time. Four engine companies, one truck, one urban search and rescue and two paramedic ambulances are maintained on a 24-hour-a-day basis out of four stations.


  • Disaster Protection – protects lives and property from fire and other disasters.
  • Emergency Services – provides effective emergency medical services.
  • Promote Safety – coordinates community safety awareness and fire prevention programs.
  • Ensure Safety – conducts plan checks and fire inspections.
  • Public Safety – issues public safety permits.
  • Hazardous Waste – safeguards the public from the dangers of hazardous waste.

Message from Chief Thomas Phelps
Welcome to the Alhambra Fire Department. Thank you for spending some time to visit our website. The Alhambra Fire Department has a proud history of serving our community for over 100 years! This spirit of service continues as we move forward into the future.
The mission of the Alhambra Fire Department is to "preserve life and property, promote public safety, and to ensure preparedness in our community as an all risk life safety provider. We actively support the City's goal of creating a professional, safe, diverse, and self-reliant community."
These words summarize what we do, but it's the men and women of the Alhambra Fire Department that embrace these words on a daily basis that continue to make a difference in our community. Your Alhambra Fire Department are highly trained professionals trained in the areas of structural firefighting, emergency medical service, urban search and rescue, strategic planning and emergency preparedness.
I am proud to represent such a fine organization. I am constantly impressed with the compassion and resourcefulness of the men and women of the Alhambra Fire Department and their commitment to the residents, businesses, and those who visit this great City.
Please explore this website as there are numerous local emergency resources available to assist you. The Alhambra Fire Department has a long-standing reputation for excellence. Our mission, our vision of the future, and our values are centered on providing you with compassion, professionalism, respect, efficient and effective service 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Let us know if we can be of service to you. Call or email me with a comment or suggestion. We are here to serve you! 
Thomas Phelps,
Fire Chief

Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Administration Division is responsible for the overall coordination and direction of the department. The command staff is composed of the Fire Chief, Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal and three Battalion Chiefs. The Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal oversees the operational activities of the department, and in the absence of the Fire Chief takes overall charge of the department. In addition, the Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal is responsible for all prevention activities. Each of the three Battalion Chiefs command a suppression platoon comprised of six captains, six engineers, seven paramedic/firefighters and four firefighters.


Communications is a small section under supervision of the Fire Chief. Its personnel consist of a Communications Supervisor and a Communication Technician. The various duties of the Communications Section are to install,maintain, repair, and keep records (including FCC licenses) of all City-owned communications and electronic equipment. This consists primarily of two-way mobile and portable radios, base stations, repeaters, monitors,scanners, pagers, amplifiers, public address systems, electronic sirens, microcomputers and associated peripherals, mainframe computer cabling, closed circuit TV monitors and cameras, televisions, VCR's, a Satellite TVRO system, the Dispatch Center, and other miscellaneous electronic equipment.  

The Communications Division also maintains the City telephone system, including electronic switches, key systems, and approximately 500+ telephones. All telephone moves, adds and changes, including voice mail management and back-ups, are handled by this section.

e project created needed retail space (including a Denny's Restaurant), affordable housing for seniors, and the elimination of slum and blight. The project has provided the City with $20,000 per year in sales tax revenue and $44,344 in annual property tax revenue.

New Century BMW dealership: Many of the Main Street Auto Row dealerships were given financial incentives to locate and/or expand, leading to approximately $3.3 million annually in sales tax revenue to the City.

Howard Street Town homes Affordable Housing Project

Main Street - Northwest Corner of First & Main

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