Wildfires aren’t the only threat we face here in San Diego County. Though it has been some time since we have experienced a seismic event of any significant magnitude; as with wildfires, it is not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. You can take steps to be prepared for the next time you feel the earth move under your feet by taking part in the Great California Shake Out this Thursday October 20th. Check out this video and shakeout.org for more information!
The San Diego County Fire Authority supports the delivery of high quality emergency medical and fire services to a 1.5 million-acre area of unincorporated San Diego County. The emergency services are provided by a combination of professionally trained volunteer and career staff. Additionally, the San Diego County Fire Authority coordinates regional fire prevention for unincorporated San Diego County.
Recent News and Updates
An assessment of County Fire Authority capabilities by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) has resulted in a Public Protection Classification (rating) that could prove beneficial to property owners.
To view the video of the Board Meeting, click here.
A great example of inter-agency and inter-jurisdictional cooperation as the San Diego County Fire Authority and the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department create a partnership to better serve residents in the San Pasqual Valley area.
A very large helicopter is back in the firefighting business.
It’s the seventh year the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego have teamed up with San Diego Gas & Electric to use its heavy lift helicopter to battle blazes during fire season throughout the county.
The helitanker can hold 2,500 gallons of water. It’s the 10th air attack weapon the County has available for fighting fires
As County residents do their part in preparation for wildfires by creating and maintaining defensible space; we would like to bring to your attention the regional resources available for 2016, as well as improvements the County has made in Wildland Emergency Coverage since the May 2014 fires.
This state of the art fire apparatus, manufactured by KME (Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation), is known as a ‘quint’ (quintuple) combination apparatus named for the five major functional components the unit provides which include a rated fire pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders. Specifically, Truck 36 is equipped with a 105’ Aerial Ladder capable of delivering elevated master streams and effecting rescues from multi-story buildings and a full complement of ground ladders. In addition, there is 500' of large diameter supply hose and a 500 gallon water tank as well as a rated fire pump that is capable of delivering 1500 gallons of water per minute. Truck 36 also carries a full complement of Holmatro hydraulic rescue tools (sometimes referred to as the “jaws of life”) that are commonly used to extricate occupants that are trapped in vehicles after a collision, a variety of technical rescue equipment and ropes for performing high and low angle rescues as well as medical equipment including a defibrillator and medications used in delivering advanced life support measures by paramedics in the field. Truck 36 was provided by the Jamul Indian Village (J.I.V.) and the cost was approximately $1.1 million dollars; the apparatus will be located at Fire Station 36 (FS 36) in Jamul and will be independently staffed with 4 career firefighters with paramedic capabilities that will respond to emergencies throughout the region.