Orange County Fire Authority

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Orange County Fire Authority
OCFA logo.png
Agency Overview
Established 1995
Employees Career
Staffing Firefighters
1079 full-time
213 reserve
Facilities & Equipment
Stations 78 fire stations
71 Career
6 Combination
3 Reserve
Engines 110
Trucks 18
Bulldozers 3
Helicopters 4
Ambulances 3

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for unincorporated areas of Orange County, California and cities that contract OCFA's services.

OCFA serves nearly 1.8 million residents in 23 cities and unincorporated areas from 71 fire stations.[1] The OCFA Headquarters is located in the city of Irvine.

The current Fire Chief is Keith Richter, and the previous chief (1997–2009) is Charles "Chip" Prather.

History[edit]

Prior to 1980 the California Department of Forestry (now known as CAL-Fire) operated the Orange County Fire Department under contract. In 1980 then California Governor Jerry Brown cancelled the California Department of Forestry contract with the Orange County Fire Department against the wishes of Orange County. As a result, Orange County operated the Orange County Fire Department (OCFD) beginning May 16, 1980. Due to the incorporations of new cities and additional cities contracting with the County Fire Department, in 1991 the OCFD began exploring the possibility of reorganizing as a separate agency - first as a Special District and then as a Joint Powers Authority. The County filed for bankruptcy in 1994, which further encouraged Orange County Fire Department to reorganize as a JPA, known as the Orange County Fire Authority.

Operations[edit]

Operations Department[edit]

Orange County Fire Authority Headquarters

The Operations Department of the OCFA is responsible for directly rendering aid to the community. In 2006, OCFA responded to 79,718 incidents within its jurisdiction and 4,084 mutual aid calls.[2] The department is split into six geographic divisions numbered I–VI.[3]

Division 1[edit]

Division I is located in the western area of Orange County. It covers the communities of Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Stanton, and Westminster; and the unincorporated communities of Midway City, Rossmoor, and Sunset Beach. Division I is covered by two battalions, Battalion 1 and Battalion 8, commanding 15 Fire Stations. OCFA's helicopter fleet, based out of the Fullerton Municipal Airport, is part of Division I.[4] The air fleet consists of two Bell UH-1Hs and two Bell 412EPs.[5]
Helicopter, Fullerton Municipal Airport

Division 2[edit]

Division II is located in the central area of Orange County. It covers the city of Irvine; along with the John Wayne Airport, Emerald Bay, and University of California, Irvine. Division II is covered by Battalion 5, commanding 9 Fire Stations.[6]

Division 3[edit]

Division III is located in the southern and eastern areas of Orange County. It covers the cities of Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano; along with the unincorporated communities of Coto de Caza, Ladera, Las Flores, Modjeska Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, and Talega. Division III is covered by two battalions, Battalion 6 and Battalion 7, commanding 18 Fire Stations.[7]

Division 4[edit]

Division IV is located in the northern area of Orange County. It covers cities of Placentia, Tustin, Villa Park, and Yorba Linda; along with the unincorporated communities of El Modena, Orange Park Acres, Santiago Canyon, Silverado Canyon, and North Tustin. Division IV is covered by two battalions, Battalion 2 and Battalion 3, commanding 12 Fire Stations.[8]

Division 5[edit]

It covers the cities of Aliso Viejo, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, and Mission Viejo. Division V is covered by Battalion 4 and Battalion 5, commanding 16 Fire Stations.[6]

Division 6[edit]

Division VI is located in the center area of orange county. It covers the city of Santa Ana California. Division VI is covered by Battalion 9 commanding 10 Fire Stations.

Operations Support Division[edit]

The Operations Support Division consists of the Emergency Communications Center (ECC), Community Volunteer Services (CVS) Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Emergency Planning and Coordination (EPAC), Special Operations Section, and the Operations Training and Safety Section.[3]
The ECC houses the Dispatch Center which routes all emergency requests to individual OCFA units. The ECC also contains the Mapping and Geo-file Group which maintains and distributes the maps and station information that allows dispatchers to route calls to the correct station and provides fire stations with up-to-date maps of their coverage area.[9]

Community Risk Reduction Department[edit]

The Community Risk Reduction Department is dedicated to proactively protecting the public by identifying and analyzing community risk; educating and informing; and developing, implementing, and enforcing regulations.[10]

Investigation Services Section[edit]

This section investigates and reviews fires to determine appropriate intervention strategies.[11]

Planning & Development Services Section[edit]

The Planning & Development Services Section reviews all architectural blue prints, development plans, and proposals submitted in OCFA's jurisdiction to ensure that they meet fire protection requirements for buildings and developments.[12]

Risk Analysis & Mitigation Evaluation[edit]

This section identifies communities’ risks and creates appropriate mitigation strategies to improve the performance and effectiveness of community safety efforts.

Safety & Environmental Services Section (SESS)[edit]

SESS conducts fire safety inspections, enforces applicable fire codes and ordinances, gathers and maintains inventories of chemicals stored, handled, and used within the OCFA jurisdiction and coordinates hazardous materials emergency plans.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)[edit]

Orange County Medic 48 paramedic van.

There are 12 paramedic vans, 100 paramedic engines, 10 paramedic trucks, 23 paramedic assessment engines, 3 paramedic assessment trucks, 12 Basic Life Support (BLS) engines, and 9 BLS trucks staffed 24/7 by career personnel. 4 BLS engines, 8 BLS patrols, and 6 BLS squads staffed by reserve personnel on an on-call basis. and 3 emergency transports staffed by department personnel and numerous other private ambulance staffed by private personnel that provide transport and emergency medical services to all of the areas of Orange County covered by the Orange County Fire Authority.

Communications[edit]

Response Guidelines[edit]

The standard OCFA response for a structure fire is 3 engine companies,one patrol, One truck company, one paramedic van and one Battalion Chief.[13]

Budget[edit]

The department has a General Fund budget of US$220.8 million for the 2006/07 fiscal year.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Orange County Fire Authority". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved March 27, 2007. 
  2. ^ "OCFA Partner Cities". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Operations Department". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  4. ^ "OCFA Division I - Battalions 1 & 8". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  5. ^ "FAA Registry". Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "OCFA Division II - Battalion 4 & Division V - Battalion 5". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  7. ^ "OCFA Division III - Battalions 6 & 7". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  8. ^ "OCFA Division IV - Battalions 2 & 3". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  9. ^ "Emergency Communications". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Fire Prevention Department". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  11. ^ "Fire Prevention Department". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  12. ^ "Planning & Development Services Section". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  13. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. 
  14. ^ "Fiscal Year 2006/07 Adopted Budget - Chief's Message" (PDF). Orange County Fire Authority. Retrieved August 24, 2006. [dead link]

External links[edit]

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