The San Diego County Fire Authority has purchased needed fire apparatus for use by fire agencies in the unincorporated communities. To date, 56 pieces of apparatus have been purchased for the volunteer and career departments.

The purchases have significantly upgraded the in-service apparatus in the served communities. The apparatus consists of engines, water tenders, light & air vehicles, and rescue vehicles. Purchasing power has been maximized by leveraging over $7 million in funds from the County General Fund, Tobacco Trust Funds, Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG) and Indian Gaming Trust Funds.

When the County purchases an apparatus for use by the partner fire agencies, the County retains ownership and maintains that piece of apparatus through the County Department of General Services Fleet Management for the life of the asset.

A summary of the Fire Authority's apparatus is provided below:

Quantity Apparatus Type
28 Structural Engines (Type I & Type II Engines)
4 Wildland Engines
12 Type VI Patrols
2 Trucks
4 Rescue Apparatus
14 Water Tenders
7 Specialty

Truck 36 - The Newest Addition to SDCFA's Fleet of Firefighting Apparatus


Truck 36 is the newest addition to the San Diego County Fire Authority’s fleet of firefighting apparatus. 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.