The Fire Department, governed by the City of Bellingham, provides fire suppression, prevention and emergency medical services to protect residents, properties and environment. It operates more than five fire stations and a fleet of fire engines and boats. The department also specializes in arson investigation, hazardous materials mitigation, and urban search and rescue services. The Fire Department operates firefighter training academies that deliver professional development programs for various candidates. It offers information, resources and fire safety education for citizens, businesses and community groups. In addition, the department organizes disaster preparedness campaigns and participates in the Specialized Emergency Response Program. The Fire Department provides paramedic transportation services.