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
EstablishedAugust 5, 1889[1]
Annual calls129,880(2014)[2]
Employees1,256
Annual budget$218,533,401 (FY 2015)[3]
StaffingCareer
Fire chiefColin Stowell [4]
EMS levelALS & BLS
IAFF145
Facilities and equipment[5]
Divisions1
Battalions7
Stations49 and 3 specialty stations
Engines49 - Front line
32 - Reserve
Trucks13 - Front line
5 - Reserve
Squads3
Rescues2 Airport Crash Rescue rigs, 1 Heavy Rescue rig
Ambulances39 contracted ALS units
Tenders3
HAZMAT3
USAR2
Wildland11 - Type 3
Helicopters3
Fireboats3
Website
www.sandiego.gov/fire/
www.sdfire.org

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFRD) 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 oversees several subdivisions.[6][7]

Helicopters[edit]

In the summer of 2002, the SDFD acquired a Bell 212HP with a 375 U.S. 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. On December 13, 2017 The City Council approved the purchase of one Sikorsky S-70i FireHawk Helicopter for $9.8 million. This will bring the number of Helicopters San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has to 3. The Council also approved using bond revenues to fund a $13.7 million hangar for its helicopters that will include living and office space. The facility will be built at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport.[10]

Operations[edit]

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department currently operates out of 49 Fire Stations, location throughout the city, organized into 7 Battalions.[11]

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

There are two additional locations:

Address Apparatus
Air Operations Base John J. Montgomery Dr & Aero Dr Copter 1, Copter 2, Copter 3, Air Ops 1, Air Ops 2
Emergency Command & Dispatch Center Kearny Villa Rd & Aero Dr Communications 1
SDFD Fire Station # 38
SDFD Fire Station # 40

Battalion 1[edit]

Battalion 1 consists of 7 Fire stations and covers the heart of downtown San Diego including one at the San Diego International Airport.[6] The Battalion Chief is stationed at station 1.

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit Other units
1 1222 First Ave. Engine 1, Engine 201 Truck 1 Medic 1 Battalion 1, Light & Air 1, X-Ray 1, Chemical 1, Utility 81
2 825 West Cedar St. Engine 2 USAR 2, USAR Utility 1
3 725 West Kalmia St. Engine 3
4 404 8th Ave. Engine 4
7 944 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy. Engine 7
11 945 25th St. Engine 11 Truck 11 Medic 11
ARFF 3698 Pacific Hwy. Crash 1, Crash 2, Crash 3, Crash 5

Battalion 2[edit]

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

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit Brush Unit Other units
5 3902 9th Ave. Engine 5 Battalion 2, Utility 82
8 3974 Goldfinch St. Engine 8
14 4011 32nd St. Engine 14 Truck 14 Brush 14 Shift Commander 1
18 4676 Felton St. Engine 18 Medic 18 OES 304 (Type I Engine owned by the Office of Emergency Services)
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 Fire stations with the Battalion Chief stationed at station 25.[6]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit Other units
15 4711 Voltaire St. Engine 15 Utility 83
20 3305 Kemper St. Engine 20 Truck 20 Medic 20 Utility 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 4 consists of 7 Fire stations with the Battalion Chief stationed at station 45.[6]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit Brush Unit Other units
10 4605 62nd St. Engine 10 Truck 10 Brush 10 Chem Rig 10
17 4206 Chamoune Ave. Engine 17
26 2850 54th St. Engine 26 Medic 26
31 6002 Camino Rico Engine 31 Medic 31 Utility 84, Mobile Canteen 2, UDC Trailer (Unified Disaster Counsel),
34 6565 Cowles Mountain Blvd. Engine 34 Brush 34
39 4949 La Cuenta Dr. Engine 39 Medic 39
45 9366 Friars Rd. Engine 45 Truck 45 Battalion 4, HazMat 1, HazMat 2, HazMat pick-up truck

Battalion 5[edit]

Battalion 5 consists of 8 Fire stations with the Battalion Chief stationed at station 35.[6]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit Brush Unit Other units
9 7870 Ardath Ln Engine 9 Medic 9 UDC Trailer (Unified Disaster Counsel), MOD Squad (Mobile Operations Detail)
13 809 Nautilus St Engine 13
16 2110 Via Casa Alta Engine 16
24 13077 Hartfield Ave Engine 24 Medic 24 Brush 24
35 4285 Eastgate Mall Engine 35 Truck 35 Medic 35 Brush 35 Battalion 5, Utility 85
41 4914 Carroll Canyon Rd. Engine 41 Medic 41 USAR 41
47 6041 Edgewood Court Bend Engine 47
56 3034 Governor Dr. Squad 56

Battalion 6[edit]

Battalion 6 consists of 9 Fire stations with the Battalion Chief stationed at station 12.[6]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit Brush Unit Other units
6 693 Twining Ave. Engine 6
12 4964 Imperial Ave. Engine 12 Truck 12 Medic 12 Brush 12 Battalion 6, Utility 86
19 3434 Ocean View Blvd. Engine 19 Water Tender 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 Crash 43
51 7180 Skyline Dr. Engine 51
Squad 55 6135 Imperial Ave. Squad 55

Battalion 7[edit]

Battalion 7 consists of 8 Fire stations with the Battalion Chief stationed at station 44.[6]

Fire Station Number Address Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit OES or Brush Unit Other units
33 16966 Bernardo Center Dr. Engine 33 Medic 33 OES 8631 (Type III Engine owned by the Office of Emergency Services)
37 11640 Spring Canyon Rd. Engine 37 Medic 37 Brush 37
38 8441 New Salem St. Engine 38 Medic 38
40 13393 Salmon River Rd. Engine 40 Truck 40 Medic 40 Brush 40 Light & Air 40, Water Tender 40, Utility 40
42 12110 World Trade Dr. Engine 42 Medic 42
44 10011 Black Mountain Rd. Engine 44 Truck 44 Medic 44 Brush 44 Battalion 7, Utility 87
46 14556 Lazanja Dr. Engine 46
57 17701 San Pasqual Valley Rd. Squad 57

Low Staffing Issues[edit]

San Diego Engine Company

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.[12] 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 a 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 6 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Department Organization". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  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. ^ City Buys Firehawk Helicopter To Bolster Firefighting Arsenal City News Room. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Fire Stations". San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  12. ^ Heavy on calls, light on resources - Strapped San Diego Fire Department refused accreditation, San Diego Union Tribune

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