The Fire Department will be automatically called to a scene when a fire alarm goes off due to a fire, but if there is no alarm in the room where the fire is, it is best to phone them up quickly. If they are called when there is no fire, there is a §500 fine, and in The Sims 2, the Sim who called will get a negative memory of being fined plus the negative memory of having a fire. The Fire Department will come in a fire engine (The Sims 2 or later) and the firefighter will carry a large fire extinguisher and a tank on his/her back. Once they start to extinguish the fire, build and buy mode will be available. In The Sims 2, firefighter outfits are available through the boolProp testingcheatsenabled cheat. In The Sims, the firefighter is male. In later games, the firefighter may be male or female, but will most likely be a male.
In the The Sims 3: Ambitions, the player is able to be in the Firefighter profession, allowing him/her to work at the fire station and respond to house fires or building disasters. Sims not in the profession can regularly visit the fire department but will not have access to the fire engine (The Woo Woo 4000) or fire alarms.