Residents and visitors of Upper Providence Township are protected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by four local volunteer fire companies. With this in mind, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) was established by ordinance in June of 2007 to facilitate responders during daytime hours while many volunteers are unavailable to respond. Recognizing an unfortunate trend of reduced volunteer availability locally as well as nationally, the township looked at ways to enhance fire protection while preserving the volunteer fire service model. The establishment of the DFES, using mainly existing employees to provide fire protection, was a cost-effective method.
In 2015, due to an increasing call volume coupled with continually decreasing volunteerism, three full-time firefighters were hired to supplement the DFES. This department is operated largely by the Fire Marshal's Office and the Office of Emergency Management with other employees from the Codes Department and the Public Works Department.
The Department operates a 2007 Pierce Quantum rescue pumper, designated by the Montgomery County Emergency Dispatch Service (MCEDS) as Engine 93. The vehicle has room for six fire fighters, carries 750 gallons of water onboard, can pump water at a rate of 1500 GPM, and carries a variety of tools and equipment for fire and rescue activities such as the "jaws of life".
In addition to the Engine 93, the Department operates a 2015 Dodge Ram pick-up truck. This vehicle has been designated by the MCEDS as Utility 93. This vehicle is used mainly as a staffing support vehicle and is equipped with breathing apparatus and other firefighting equipment to support fire rescue and hazardous materials operations.