Fire and Emergency Services


Centerra is a premier provider of comprehensive and compliant Fire and Emergency Management Services (EMS) supporting operations of all response levels and complexity nationally and abroad. Our reputation is built on more than 50+ years of quality Fire Protection, Fire Prevention, Fire Protection Engineering, Emergency Response and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services to our customers.

Tradition of Excellence

  • Centerra’s Fire Department at DOE Hanford, under our joint venture with Mission Support Alliance, has been awarded DOE VPP Star Status for Fire, Safeguards and Security, and HAMMER Federal Training Facility.
  • OSHA awarded Centerra’s operations at NASA Kennedy Space Center VPP Star status for Safety Management.
  • Our Fire Department at NASA Ames was considered “Best in the Agency” by an internal NASA Audit Group.
  • The State of Florida Dept. of Health rated Centerra’s Fire Rescue Services at NASA Kennedy Space Center, “Exemplary.”
  • Our Fire Department operation at BASF, The Chemical Company, was recognized by OSHA as a “Best Practice,” when reviewed for continued VPP Star site status.
  • BASF’s The Chemical Company rated Centerra’s Fire Department as the “North America Best Practice Operation.”
  • Centerra has received more than 50 Coins of Excellence in less than three years from sources ranging from the Secretary of the Army to Commander of the Joint Chiefs.
  • Centerra was awarded the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety Excellence Award as the Fire and Emergency Top Safety Program.

We continue to lead the industry by providing cost-efficient services, innovation solutions, and the implementation of stringent quality and safety control programs. Professionally managed and code compliant services we provide, include the following: Fire Protection Engineering, Fire Prevention, Emergency Medical Response Services at the Basic and Advanced Life Support and Paramedic Transport Levels, Technical Rescue and Training, Structural Fire Fighting, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) services (to include NASA Shuttle Rescue Team), Dispatch and 911 Center Operations, Safety and Equipment Inspections, Testing, Hazardous Materials Technician Response, Training, Certifications, and Fleet Maintenance.

Our trained and certified Fire and EMS professionals support some of the most complex Hazardous Materials situations, including hypergolic fuels and oxidizers. At both NASA Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Centerra conducts pre-launch table-top exercises for members of the Launch Emergency Operations Center prior to all Space Shuttle and Unmanned Space Craft launches. Centerra is also responsible for technical rescue operations of NASA’s Astronaut Shuttle Rescue Program.

Centerra’s Fire and EMS program was instrumental in the success of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. During these critical international missions, we developed a Fire and Emergency Service operation larger than the city of Atlanta from the ground up. Centerra operated 35 fire departments with 54 separate fire stations for the United States Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines in Iraq.

ARFF and FAA Part 139 Specific Experience

Centerra’s ARFF and FAA Part 139 experience is extensive and diverse and include services to the DOD, NASA, International Airports, the Petrochemical Industry, and other facilities. We currently support ARFF contracts at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA Kennedy Space Center, NASA Ames Research Center, and Chennault Airpark.

Index C and D Airports

Centerra’s experience in the provision of FAA Part 139 compliant ARFF Services is evident at several commercial airports, including Index C and D airports. Our trained personnel provide structural firefighting, rescue operations, emergency medical response, and hazardous material response, and emergency medical services at the ALS level.

Major airfield operations that we support include the following: commercial passenger terminal, military terminal, general aviation terminal, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Air Operations, the Military Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), rental housing areas, medical clinic, day care facility, restaurants, hotel complex, industrial facilities, educational facility, and community services area. All services meet stringent requirements of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidelines, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), other established airport security protocols, as well as FAA, NFPA, NIMS, OSHA, and respective local States standards.

Centerra’s Fire and EMS programs are administered through the utilization of established, robust fire service Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Standard Operating Guidelines (SOGs), a Performance-Based Fire Service Training and Certification Program, a Health and Safety Program, and a Quality Assurance Program. Collectively, these elements ensure Centerra meets the mission-specific requirements of our customers and the International and NFPA Pro-Board (NPQS) Fire Service Certifications requirements for our personnel.

Mutual Aid Agreements

Centerra actively participates in the communities in which we live and serve. We are experienced with Mutual Aid Agreements and adhere to all principles of mutual aid and cooperation. We currently support mutual aid agreements for all of our fire and EMS domestic customers.

Texas Engineering Extension (TEEX)

Centerra supports the training and certification needs of our Fire and EMS personnel through the use of Texas A&M University - Texas Engineering Extension Services (TEEX), which enhances our Fire and EMS Performance Based Training and Certification Program. The program ensures all Centerra Fire and EMS personnel are properly trained and certified for the work they are required to perform, and capable of receiving NFPA Pro-Board Fire Service Certifications.

The ability to issue NFPA NPQS Fire Service Certifications on site offers a tangible value and benefits to our customers. The program increases workforce efficiency and competency, offers training and certification at a lower program cost, and avoids disruption to work schedules. This program has been leveraged at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. To date, Centerra has issued more than 5,000 nationally recognized NPQS/DOD certifications

Fire and Emergency Services

Emergency Response

  • Structural Fires
  • ARFF
  • Wildland Fires
  • Storage Tank Fires
  • Chemical Fires and Hazardous Materials Fires
  • Technical Rescue Emergencies
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Astronaut Rescue
  • Flight Crew Rescue
  • Vehicle Extrications
  • Rope Rescues
  • Industrial Rescues
  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Emergencies
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • (Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Advanced Life Support (Paramedic) Levels with Patient Transport
  • Response to Hazardous Materials
  • Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergencies at the Technician Level
  • Fire Service Training, which results in the issue of NFPA Pro-Board (NPQS) Fire Service Certifications
Fire Protection and Fire Prevention
  • Pre-Incident Planning, including development of Threat Assessments
  • Development and Issue of Emergency Response Guidelines
  • Fire Apparatus and Equipment Management and Maintenance
  • Fire Prevention and Safety Inspections
  • Fire Cause and Origin Investigations
  • Test, Inspection and Maintenance of Facility Fire Protection (sprinkler systems and fixed agent suppression systems) and Fire Alarm Systems (heat and smoke detectors)
  • Fire Extinguisher Inspections and Fire Extinguisher Refilling and Servicing
  • Fire Hydrant Inspection, Testing and Maintenance
  • Service, Repair, Rebuilding and Testing of SCBAs, Level A Haz-Mat/WMD Suits
  • Environmental Protection Inspections and Response
  • Issue of Work Permits: (Hot Work, Confined Space Entry, Excavation, Elevated Work)
Fire Protection Engineering
  • Fire Protection System Design
  • Fire Protection System Acceptance Testing
  • Baseline Needs Assessments
  • Fire Protection Assessments
  • Fire Hazards Analysis
Emergency Management
  • Development of Emergency Response and Situational Response Plans
  • Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Management and Operations
  • Operation and Management of Mobile Command Vehicles for Unified Incident Management and alternative EOC Operations
  • Interoperability Plans and Training with Local Mutual Aid, Local Government, State Government and Federal Agencies
  • Facility-Wide Drills and Exercises
  • Review of Federal and State Emergency Preparedness Rules and Regulations