A Message from Fire Chief Terry Addison
Thank you for visiting our webpage. In the fire department, we are partners with you, our community. It is the people we serve and those that serve them that are the heart of our mission.
I could not be more proud to serve the City of South Salt Lake and lead an incredible team of dedicated men and women who step up to ensure that our residents, employees, and co-workers continue to receive the highest level of fire and EMS services in the valley. We undoubtedly have numerous accomplishments with this great group of people and are focused on what is yet to come for the SSLFD and the incredible community we serve.
I’m excited to report that as of May 1, 2021 our fire department improved from an ISO Class 3 department and received an ISO Class 1 rating. Less than 1% of all rated communities across the United States have received a Class 1 rating. We are the second department in the State of Utah to receive this rating and are very proud of it. ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers – including the largest ones – use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverage’s to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.
As Fire Chief, I commit to you that your fire department will always strive to work with the community as we address the many challenges in community risk reduction. Again, thank you for your encouragement and support for the South Salt Lake Fire Department.
Chief Terry Addison brings over 25 years of public service experience to the South Salt Lake Fire Department where he has served as a Hazardous Materials Technician, Heavy Rescue Technician, Arson Investigator, Station Captain, Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief.
Prior to his time with South Salt Lake, Chief Addison proudly served in the United States Air Force as a Special Operations Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) member before becoming Fire Chief in 2020. He holds a POST certification from the State of Utah and has extensive experience at the federal and municipal level. Chief Addison also served as a member of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force for the District of Utah for over four years and was named “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” in 2010 by the United States Marshal Service. For over 13 years he served as a tactical operator and team medic for the South Salt Lake Police Department’s SWAT team. Since 2000 Terry has been a Chief Instructor for Roco Rescue, where he has trained numerous emergency responders throughout the country in confined space and rope rescues.
Chief Addison holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Fire Administration and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University.
He and his wife are the proud parents of two children. His outside interests involve hiking, traveling, and spending time with his family and dogs.
The South Salt Lake Fire Department endeavors to protect lives and property with dedicated people providing exceptional service to our community’s diverse needs.
Code of Ethics & Core Values
We act responsibly and adhere to the agency Code of Ethics at all times.
We communicate effectively, timely and accurately.
We appreciate and support diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas.
We promote justice, fairness and a commitment to others.
We work at the highest level of performance, delivering services of high quality in a competent and timely manner, with a commitment to continuous improvement.
We are honest and trustworthy.
We recognize the dignity of the people served as well as our fellow employees.
We manage public resources responsibly and efficiently.