The City of St. George Fire Department is made up of 31 full time staff along with a reserve staff of 70. The eighteen full time firefighters and nine captains work rotating 24 hour shifts and each night three reseve spend from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. at station #1, #7, and #8 providing for a four person crew at night. The Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief and administrative captain work the day shift and are on call after hours.
The department includes eight stations located geographically throughout the city. The reserve staff is assigned to the station nearest to their home. All reserve staff carry pagers and respond as needed. The department handles all fires, ems, hazmat incidents, vehicle extractions, and other calls for assistance as needed within the city boundaries. In addition, the department serves as needed for backup on large incidents within the county. The department also performs inspections for compliance with fire codes and provides BLS medical services for the City.
The Protection and Preservation of life, property, and the environment from fire and disaster, whether it be natural or man made, and other emergency situations that the fire department may respond to. Through aggressive training, fire prevention and community programs, and with a positive attitude towards safety, customer service, and community relations.
Robert Stoker, Fire Chief
Robert started his career with the City of St. George in 1985, with the leisure services division in golf course maintenance. That same year, he was hired by the City as a volunteer firefighter. In 1992, Robert was hired as the first full-time firefighter. In 1996, he was promoted to Captain; in 1997, to Battalion Chief; and in 1998, he was appointed to the position of Fire Chief. Robert also worked part-time as an Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate for Dixie Ambulance Service for thirteen years until his appointment as the fire chief.
Robert is a native of Salt Lake City, but was raised in St. George. He graduated from Pine View High School in 1984. He completed fire science certifications through Dixie College and Utah Valley Community College. Robert was also a member of the Utah State pilot program for pre-hospital endotracheal intubation by the Intermediate Emergency Medical Technicians. Robert has served in many positions involving the fire service, including the past president of the Washington County Fire Chief’s Association, the Washington County Emergency Medical Services Council, Utah State Fire Marshal Special Deputy Inspector, and Board Member for the five county Southwest Regional Response Team. Robert also has been serving on the Utah State Fire Prevention Board since 2005.
Robert enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his wife, Pam, his two sons, Sean and Jake, and his daughter, Lexie.