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Fire Authority

The San Diego County Fire Authority (SDCFA) Fire-Rescue, ALS emergency medical services, and Fire Prevention services to San Diego County residents in the unincorporated area. This encompases over 1.5 million acres throughout San Diego County in Cooperation with CAL FIRE. Ensures close communication and coordination among all partnering fire protection districts, and surrounding fire service municipalities.


Mailed out over 13,000 courtesy notifications and educational materials on the Defensible Space Program to property owners within County Service Area 135

Achieved a 96% voluntary compliance rate with Defensible Space standards on all parcels inspected

Participated in 12 events to recruit Volunteer-Reserve Firefighters with a focus on military veterans

Acheived an average response time to 10 minutes and 31 seconds in CSA 135

15 fire stations in CSA 135 with paramedic-level service (Advanced Life Support) as well as 3 Volunteer Reserve Stations that are Basic Life Support  (BLS) and 10 cooperative BLS stations

Participated in the 6th “Love Your Heart” blood pressure campaign

Provided 7 Driver Operator-related trainings

Improved the CSA 135 Insurance Service Office (ISO) classification of 10 to an ISO classification of 3/3X. The 3/3X rating was assigned following an examination of community’s fire protection capability. The 3/3X classification exceeded the goal of an ISO 8 classification. This rating elevated San Diego County Fire into the top 10% in the nation

Worked to lower the risk of sudden cardiac death by providing 14 community CPR classes and 10 community blood screening events

Implemented the reorganization of the Rural Fire Protection District into CSA 135 after their LAFCO dissolution. All fire and emergency services are being provided by CSA 135

Imbedded County staff into State Damage Inspection Teams to conduct detailed damage inspections for the first time during the Lilac Fire in December 2017

Conducted 1,079 business inspections, including 104 schools 

Installed Automated Vehicle Location Devices (AVL) in all front-line fire engines and trucks to provide the closest resource to an incident. 

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