General Information

General Information

The Fire Department is organized into four divisions:  Fire Administration, Fire Operations, Training / Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Prevention. The Department responded to approximately 3,260 requests for emergency service in 2013. The majority of these incidents are emergency medical related. Responses to fires in buildings, vehicles or the wild land account for another 15% of the calls; 15% of emergency responses are rescues involving trapped persons as a result of vehicle accidents, falls from a cliff, construction site accidents, and weather related incidents. The Department also responds to spills and releases of hazardous materials, public service and other miscellaneous requests, which account for the remaining 20% of the responses. The Department maintains a fully equipped emergency response force of twelve firefighters on duty, at all times, assigned to suppression; in addition to four staff personnel, fifteen volunteer reserve firefighters, an administrative assistant, and a part-time fire prevention officer.  The Department organization is outlined below: