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 129,880(2014)[2]
Employees 1,256
Annual budget $218,533,401 (FY 2015)[3]
Staffing Career
Fire chief Javier Mainar [4]
EMS level ALS & BLS
IAFF 145
Facilities and equipment[5]
Divisions 1
Battalions 7
Engines 47 - First-run
32 - Reserve
Trucks 12 - First-run
5 - Reserve
Rescues 1
Ambulances 39 contracted ALS units
Tenders 2
HAZMAT 2
USAR 1
Airport crash 6
Wildland 11 - Type 3
Helicopters 2
Fireboats 3
Website
www.sandiego.gov/fire/
www.sdfire.org

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of San Diego, California, United States.[2] The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is currently the second largest municipal fire department in the state of California, after Los Angeles and responds to nearly 130,000 calls per year.[2]

Organization[edit]

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department is divided into 2 major Divisions: Emergency Operations and Support Services. Each of these Divisions are commanded by an Assistant Chief who oversee several subdivisions.[6][7]

Helicopters[edit]

In the summer of 2002, the SDFD acquired a Bell 212HP with a 375 US gallons (1,420 L) water capacity.[8] In 2005, the department acquired a Bell 412EP for their fleet.[9] The two helicopters are known by their call signs Copter 1 and Copter 2, respectively. They are most commonly used during wildfires for helitack. They can also be used as air ambulances to lift injured personnel.

Operations[edit]

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department currently operates out of 47 Fire Stations, location throughout the city, organized into 7 Battalions.[10]

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

SDFD Engine 28 responding to a motor vehicle accident.
SDFD Fire Station # 37
SDFD Fire Station # 38
SDFD Fire Station # 40

Battalion 1[edit]

Battalion 1 covers the heart of downtown San Diego and consists of 6 stations including one at the San Diego International Airport.[6] The battalion chief is stationed at station 1.

Address Engine Truck EMS Other
1 1222 First Ave Engine 1 & 201 Truck 1 Medic 1 Battalion 1, Light & Air 1, Chem Rig 1
Mobile Canteen 1 & X-Ray 1
3 725 West Kalmia St Engine 3
4 404 8th Ave Engine 4 Heavy Rescue 4
7 944 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy Engine 7
11 945 25th Street Engine 11 Truck 11 Medic 11
AP 3698 Pacific Highway Crash 1, 2, 3 & 5

Battalion 2[edit]

Battalion 2 consists of 7 stations with the Battalion Chief quartered at station 5.[6]

Address Engine Truck EMS Wildland Other
5 3902 9th Ave Engine 5 Battalion 2
8 3974 Goldfinch St Engine 8
14 4011 32nd St Engine 14 Truck 14 Brush 14
18 4676 Felton St Engine 18 Medic 18
23 2190 Comstock St Engine 23
28 3880 Kearny Villa Rd Engine 28 Truck 28 Crash 28, Foam 28 & Water Tender 28
36 5855 Chateau Dr Engine 36 Medic 36

Battalion 3[edit]

Battalion 3 consists of 6 stations with the Battalion Chief quartered at station 25.[6]

Address Engine Truck EMS Other
15 4711 Voltaire St Engine 15
20 3305 Kemper St Engine 20 Truck 20 Medic 20
21 750 Grand Ave Engine 21 Truck 21 Medic 21
22 1055 Catalina Blvd Engine 22
25 1972 Chicago St Engine 25 Battalion 3
27 5064 Clairemont Dr Engine 27

Battalion 4[edit]

Battalion 2 consists of 7 stations including one station in the parking lot of Qualcom Stadium. The BC for the battalion quartered at station 10.[6]

Address Engine Truck EMS Wildland Other
10 4605 62nd St Engine 10 Truck 10 Brush 10 Battalion 4
17 4206 Chamoune Ave Engine 17
26 2850 54th St Engine 26 Medic 26
31 6002 Camino Rico Engine 31 Medic 31
34 6565 Cowles Mountain Blvd Engine 34 Brush 34
39 4949 La Cuenta Dr Engine 39 Medic 39
45 Qualcomm Stadium Engine 45

Battalion 5[edit]

Battalion 5 consists of 7 stations with the Battalion Chief quartered at station 35.[6]

Address Engine Truck EMS Wildland Other
9 7870 Ardath Ln Engine 9 Medic 9
13 809 Nautilus St Engine 13
16 2110 Via Casa Alta Engine 16
24 13077 Hartfield Ave Engine 24 Medic 24 Brush 24
35 Eastgate mall and Genesee Ave. Engine 35 Truck 35 Brush 35
41 4914 Carroll Canyon Rd Engine 41 Medic 41 USAR 41
47 6041 Edgewood Court Bend Engine 47

Battalion 6[edit]

Battalion 6 consists of 7 stations with the Battalion Chief quartered at station 12.[6]

Address Engine Truck EMS Wildland Other
6 693 Twining Ave Engine 6
12 4964 Imperial Ave Engine 12 Truck 12 Medic 12 Battalion 6
19 3434 Ocean View Blvd Engine 19
29 198 W. San Ysidro Blvd Engine 29 Truck 29 Medic 29 Brush 29
30 2265 Coronado Ave Engine 30 Medic 30
32 484 Briarwood Rd Engine 32 Medic 32
43 1590 La Media Rd Engine 43 Brush 43 Crush 43

Battalion 7[edit]

Battalion 7 consists of 7 stations with the Battalion Chief quartered at station 44.[6]

Address Engine Truck EMS Wildland Other
33 16966 Bernardo Center Dr Engine 33 Medic 33 Brush 33
37 11640 Spring Canyon Rd Engine 37 Medic 37 Brush 37
38 8441 New Salem St Engine 38 Medic 38 Brush 38
40 13393 Salmon River Rd Engine 40 Truck 40 Medic 40 Brush 40 Light & Air 40 & Water Tender 40
42 12110 World Trade Dr Engine 42
44 10011 Black Mountain Rd Engine 44 Truck 44 HazMat 1, HazMat 2 & Battalion 7
46 14556 Lazanja Dr Engine 46

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.[11] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Department History". San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "About SDFD". San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Budget". San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fire Chief Javier Mainar". San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "SDFD - Apparatus". San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Organizational Chart" (PDF). San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Department Organization". San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fire Helicopter Finally Becomes Reality". ABC 10 News. 21 June 2002. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "San Diego Fire-Rescue shows off Copter 2". 1st Responder Broadcast Network. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Fire Stations". San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Heavy on calls, light on resources - Strapped San Diego Fire Department refused accreditation, San Diego Union Tribune

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