San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

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San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD)
SDFDpatch.jpg
"Dedicated to Our Citizens, Our Members, and Our Profession"
Operational Area
Country United States
State  California
City San Diego
Agency Overview
Established August 5, 1889[1]
Annual calls 129,221 (2013)[2]
Employees 1,256
Annual budget $222,679,306 (FY 2014)[3]
Staffing Career
Fire chief Javier Mainar[4]
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 1
Battalions 7
Stations 47
Engines 47
Trucks 12
Rescues 1
Helicopters 2
Fireboats 3
Ambulances 39 contracted ALS units
HAZMAT 2
EMS Level ALS & BLS
USAR 1
Airport crash 6
Website
www.sandiego.gov/fire/

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of San Diego, California, United States.[5] The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is currently the second largest municipal fire department in the state of California, after Los Angeles.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responded to over 129,221 emergency calls in 2013.[6]

Organization[edit]

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is currently divided into 2 major Divisions: Emergency Operations and Support Services. Each of these Divisions are commanded by an Assistant Chief who oversee several subdivisions.[7][8]

Divisions[edit]

Emergency Operations[edit]

Emergency Operations are commanded by Assistant Chief Brian Fennessey, who commands four subdivisions: Operations, Emergency Medical Services(EMS), Special Operations, and Lifeguard Services. All subdivisions within Emergency Operations are commanded by a Deputy Chief, with the exception of Lifeguard Services, commanded by a Chief Lifeguard.

Operations is the largest subdivision within the SDFD and is commanded by 3 Deputy Chiefs, with 1 on duty per shift. These Deputy Chiefs command the 7 Battalions within the department, including all SDFD Fire Stations and Apparatus.

Support Services[edit]

Support Services are commanded by Assistant Chief Ken Barnes, who commands five subdivisions: Training/Education, Logistics, Communications, Fire Prevention, and Professional Standards. Fire Prevention and Logistics are commanded by Deputy Chiefs, while Training/Education and Professional Standards are commanded by Battalion Chiefs. Communications is supervised by a Program Manager.

Personnel[edit]

  • 1 Chief of Department
  • 2 Assistant Chiefs
  • 7 Deputy Chiefs
  • 25 Battalion Chiefs
  • 218 Captains
  • 213 Engineers
  • 397 Firefighter II's/EMT's
  • 20 Firefighter I's
  • 123 Lifeguards
  • 32 Fire Prevention Personnel
  • 99 Emergency Medical Technicians and Personnel
  • 119 Civilian Support Personnel

Operations[edit]

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department currently operates out of 47 Fire Stations, location throughout the city, organized into 7 Battalions. Each Battalion is commanded by a Battalion Chief per shift, who reports to an on-duty Deputy Chief/Shift Commander per shift. For ALS medical transport, the department contracts with San Diego Medical Services, or SDMS. The SDMS operates 46 Paramedic Ambulances, located in various Fire Stations located throughout the city. The department also operates the city's two fire helicopters, known as Copter 1 and Copter 2.[9][10]

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department also operates 25 Lifeguard Stations, 9 of which are permanently staffed.

Apparatus Profile (2014)[edit]

SDFD Engine 28 responding to a motor vehicle accident.

Frontline Fire Companies[edit]

  • 47 Engine Companies
  • 12 Truck Companies (T1, T10, T11, T12, T14, T20, T21, T28, T29, T35, T40, T44)
  • 1 Heavy Rescue Company (R4)

Medic Units[edit]

  • 24 Medic Units (M1, M9, M11, M12, M18, M20, M21, M24, M26, M29, M229, M30, M31, M32, M33, M35, M36, M37, M38, M39, M40, M41, M42, M62)

Command Units and Chiefs[edit]

  • 7 Battalion Chief's Units (B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7)
  • 1 Deputy Chief/Shift Commander's Unit (SC1)

Special and Support Units[edit]

  • 2 Light & Air Units (LA1 & LA40)
  • 1 Urban Search & Rescue(USAR) Unit (USAR41)
  • 2 Haz-Mat. Units (HM1 & HM2)
  • 6 ARFF Crash Rescue Units (R1, R2, R3, R5, AC28, AC43)
  • 12 Brush Units (BR10, BR12, BR14, BR24, BR29, BR33, BR34, BR35, BR37, BR38, BR40, BR43)
  • 3 Chemical Units (C1, C35, C43)
  • 3 Water Tenders (WT19, WT28, WT40)
  • 1 Mobile Canteen Unit (MCU1)
  • 1 EDT Unit (EDT1)
  • 1 XR(Bomb Squad) Unit (XR1)
  • 8 Utility Units (U4, U5, U10, U12, U20, U29, U35, U40)
  • 28 Lifeguard Units

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

SDFD Fire Station # 37
SDFD Fire Station # 38
SDFD Fire Station # 40

Below is a complete listing of all SDFD Fire Stations, located throughout the city according to Battalion.[11]

Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit Special Unit Chief Battalion Address
Engine 1, Engine 201 Truck 1 Medic 1 Light & Air 1, Chemical 1, Mobile Canteen Unit 1, EDT Unit 1, XR Unit 1 Battalion 1 1 1222 1st Ave.
Engine 3 1 725 W. Kalmia St.
Engine 4 Heavy Rescue 4, Utility 4 1 404 8th Ave.
Engine 5 Utility 5 Battalion 2 2 3902 9th Ave.
Engine 6 6 693 Twining Ave.
Engine 7 1 944 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy.
Engine 8 2 3974 Goldfinch St.
Engine 9 Medic 9 5 7870 Ardath Ln.
Engine 10 Truck 10 Brush 10, Utility 10 Battalion 4 4 4605 62nd St.
Engine 11 Truck 11 Medic 11 1 945 25th St.
Engine 12 Truck 12 Medic 12 Utility 12, Brush 12 Battalion 6 6 4964 Imperial Ave.
Engine 13 5 809 Nautilus St.
Engine 14 Truck 14 Brush 14 Shift Commander 1 2 4011 32nd St.
Engine 15 3 4711 Voltaire St.
Engine 16 5 2110 Via Casa Alta
Engine 17 4 4206 Chamoune Ave.
Engine 18 Medic 18 2 4676 Felton St.
Engine 19 Water Tender 19 6 3434 Ocean View Blvd.
Engine 20 Truck 20 Medic 20 Utility 20 3 3305 Kemper St.
Engine 21 Truck 21 Medic 21 3 750 Grand Ave.
Engine 22 3 1055 Catalina Blvd.
Engine 23 2 2190 Comstock St.
Engine 24 Medic 24 Brush 24 5 13077 Hartfield Ave.
Engine 25 Battalion 3 3 1972 Chicago St.
Engine 26 Medic 26 4 2850 54th St.
Engine 27 3 5064 Clairemont Dr.
Engine 28 Truck 28 Rescue 28(ARFF), Water Tender 28 2 3880 Kearny Villa Rd.
Engine 29 Truck 29 Medic 29, Medic 229 Brush 29, Utility 29 6 198 W. San Ysidro Blvd.
Engine 30 Medic 30 6 2265 Coronado Ave.
Engine 31 Medic 31 4 6002 Camino Rico
Engine 32 Medic 32 6 484 Briarwood Rd.
Engine 33 Medic 33 Brush 33 7 16966 Bernardo Center Dr.
Engine 34 Brush 34 4 6565 Cowles Mountain Blvd.
Engine 35 Truck 35 Medic 35 Brush 35, Chemical 35, Utility 35 Battalion 5 5 4285 Eastgate Mall
Engine 36 Medic 36 2 5855 Chateau Dr.
Engine 37 Medic 37 Brush 37 7 11640 Spring Canyon Rd.
Engine 38 Medic 38 Brush 38 7 8441 New Salem St.
Engine 39 Medic 39 4 4949 La Cuenta Dr.
Engine 40 Truck 40 Medic 40 Brush 40, Light & Air 40, Water Tender 40, Utility 40 7 13393 Salmon River Rd.
Engine 41 Medic 41 USAR 41 5 4914 Carroll Canyon Rd.
Engine 42 Medic 42 7 12110 World Trade Dr.
Engine 43 Brush 43, Rescue 43(ARFF) 6 1590 La Media Rd.
Engine 44 Truck 44 Haz-Mat. 1, Haz-Mat. 2 Battalion 7 7 10011 Black Mountain Rd.
Engine 45 Truck 45 (Will be added upon completion of new station) Foam 45, Haz-Mat 1, Haz-Mat 2 (Haz-Mat will be relocated upon completion of new station) 4 Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot
Engine 46 7 14556 Lazanja Dr.
Engine 47 5 6041 Edgewood Bend Ct.
Airport Medic 63 Rescue 1(ARFF), Rescue 2(ARFF), Rescue 3(ARFF), Rescue 5(ARFF) 1 3698 Pacific Hwy., Airport

Other Facilities[edit]

SDFD Fire Headquarters is located at 1010 2nd Ave.

The San Diego Fire Museum is located at 1572 Columbia St.[12]

The SDFD also operates an Apparatus/Equipment Maintenance Facility at 3870 Kearny Villa Rd.[13]

Communications[edit]

The SDFD's Communications and Dispatch Center is responsible for all medical, fire, and rescue operations in the city of San Diego and is also contracted to dispatch for the cities of Poway, Chula Vista, and San Pasqual.

The SDFD's Communications and Dispatch Center is located at 3750 Kearny Villa Rd.

Response Guidelines[edit]

Below is a list of basic response protocol used by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.[14]

  • Still Alarm Response: 1 Engine
  • Activated Fire Alarm(Residential)/CO Incident Response: 1 Engine
  • Activated Fire Alarm(High-Rise/Commercial) Response: 1 Engine, 1 Truck
  • Residential Structure Fire Response -
    • 1st Alarm Assignment: 4 Engines, 1 Truck, 2 Battalion Chief, 1 Medic Unit
    • 2nd Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 1 Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs
    • 3rd Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 1 Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs
    • 4th Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 1 Truck, 2 Battalion Chiefs
  • Commercial Structure Fire Response -
    • 1st Alarm Assignment: 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Medic Unit
    • 2nd Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Battalion Chief
    • 3rd Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs
    • 4th Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs
  • High-Rise/Hospital Structure Fire Response -
    • 1st Alarm Assignment: 5 Engines, 2 Trucks, Heavy Rescue, 2 Battalion Chiefs, 1 Light & Air Unit
    • 2nd Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Battalion Chief
    • 3rd Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs
    • 4th Alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Battalion Chiefs
  • Vegetation Fire Response -
    • Vegetation Initial Attack: 2 Engines
    • Vegetation 1st alarm Assignment(Upgrade): 3 Engines, 1 Truck, 2 Brush Units, 1 Water Tender, 2 Battalion Chiefs
  • Boat/Ship Fire Response: 3 Engines, 1 Truck, Heavy Rescue, 1 Battalion Chief

Low Staffing Issues[edit]

The San Diego Fire Department is somewhat understaffed compared to comparable fire departments. For example, the fire department has about one firefighter per 1469 residents, compared to one fire fighter per 421 residents in San Francisco.[15] Currently, the San Diego Fire Department is the lowest paid department in southern California. In comparison with other major cities with populations over 1 million, such as Los Angeles, the starting pay for City of San Diego Fire Fighter is around $46,000.[clarification needed] The City of San Diego no longer offers newly hired fire fighters a retirement pension after 20 years of service, new-hire recruits are offered a 401K plan instead.

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