About the San Diego County Fire Authority

The San Diego County Fire Authority was created by the Board of Supervisors in June 2008 to improve fire protection and emergency medical services in the region.

The Fire Authority provides support to unify the administration, communications and training of several rural fire agencies and to extend year-round, around-the-clock service to 1.5 million acres of the unincorporated county that previously had either limited, or part-time "on-call" service.

Working with the Fire Authority, independent fire agencies are blended into one unified system of professionally-trained firefighters under one fire chief, the CAL FIRE San Diego Unit Chief.

The Fire Authority purchases and maintains fire engines and other vital apparatus, and provides personal protective equipment and other critical equipment for volunteer and CAL FIRE stations. In addition, SDCFA has completed station renovation and construction projects at many of its partner's fire stations, providing safe and comfortable sleeping, training and working space for firefighters, both career and volunteer, who routinely work shifts of 24 or more hours in duration.


Regional leadership with local control through collaboration across boundaries

The intent of this statement is to continually improve regional leadership of the administrative functions and land use planning services related to fire and emergency medical services in the unincorporated county, while maintaining local operational control for fire and emergency medical response.

The San Diego County Fire Authority combines fire protection, fire safety and fuels reduction programs, weed abatement and long-term land use planning needs (land use regulations and permits). Additionally, the Fire Authority improves fire and emergency medical service delivery to unincorporated areas of the county and provides for operations and training facilities, communications equipment and infrastructure, fire apparatus and safety equipment to fire and life safety agencies.


Coordinate, regionalize and improve fire protection and emergency response services provided by State, local career and local volunteer fire agencies in the unincorporated areas of the County.

Comprehensive fire and emergency medical services provided effectively and efficiently through agency collaboration and leadership.