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
CountryUnited States
State California
CitySan Diego
Agency Overview
EstablishedAugust 5, 1889[1]
Annual calls129,221 (2013)[2]
Employees1,256
Annual budget$222,679,306 (FY 2014)[3]
StaffingCareer
Fire chiefJavier Mainar[4]
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions1
Battalions7
Stations47
Engines47
Trucks12
Rescues1
Helicopters2
Fireboats3
Ambulances23 BLS (39 SDEMS ALS)
HAZMAT2
EMS LevelALS & BLS
USAR1
Airport crash6
Website
www.sandiego.gov/fire/
 
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San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD)
SDFDpatch.jpg
"Dedicated to Our Citizens, Our Members, and Our Profession"
Operational Area
CountryUnited States
State California
CitySan Diego
Agency Overview
EstablishedAugust 5, 1889[1]
Annual calls129,221 (2013)[2]
Employees1,256
Annual budget$222,679,306 (FY 2014)[3]
StaffingCareer
Fire chiefJavier Mainar[4]
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions1
Battalions7
Stations47
Engines47
Trucks12
Rescues1
Helicopters2
Fireboats3
Ambulances23 BLS (39 SDEMS ALS)
HAZMAT2
EMS LevelALS & BLS
USAR1
Airport crash6
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 is 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 is 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]

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]

Medic Units[edit]

Command Units and Chiefs[edit]

Special and Support Units[edit]

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 CompanyTruck CompanyMedic UnitSpecial UnitChiefBattalionAddress
Engine 1, Engine 201Truck 1Medic 1Light & Air 1, Chemical 1, Mobile Canteen Unit 1, EDT Unit 1, XR Unit 1Battalion 111222 1st Ave.
Engine 31725 W. Kalmia St.
Engine 4Heavy Rescue 4, Utility 41404 8th Ave.
Engine 5Utility 5Battalion 223902 9th Ave.
Engine 66693 Twining Ave.
Engine 71944 Cesar E. Chavez Pkwy.
Engine 823974 Goldfinch St.
Engine 9Medic 957870 Ardath Ln.
Engine 10Truck 10Brush 10, Utility 10Battalion 444605 62nd St.
Engine 11Truck 111945 25th St.
Engine 12Truck 12Medic 12Utility 12, Brush 12Battalion 664964 Imperial Ave.
Engine 135809 Nautilus St.
Engine 14Truck 14Brush 14Shift Commander 124011 32nd St.
Engine 1534711 Voltaire St.
Engine 1652110 Via Casa Alta
Engine 1744206 Chamoune Ave.
Engine 18Medic 1824676 Felton St.
Engine 19Water Tender 1963434 Ocean View Blvd.
Engine 20Truck 20Medic 20Utility 2033305 Kemper St.
Engine 21Truck 21Medic 213750 Grand Ave.
Engine 2231055 Catalina Blvd.
Engine 2322190 Comstock St.
Engine 24Medic 24Brush 24513077 Hartfield Ave.
Engine 25Battalion 331972 Chicago St.
Engine 26Medic 2642850 54th St.
Engine 2735064 Clairemont Dr.
Engine 28Truck 28Rescue 28(ARFF), Water Tender 2823880 Kearny Villa Rd.
Engine 29Truck 29Medic 29, Medic 229Brush 29, Utility 296198 W. San Ysidro Blvd.
Engine 30Medic 3062265 Coronado Ave.
Engine 31Medic 3146002 Camino Rico
Engine 32Medic 326484 Briarwood Rd.
Engine 33Medic 33Brush 33716966 Bernardo Center Dr.
Engine 34Brush 3446565 Cowles Mountain Blvd.
Engine 35Truck 35Medic 35Brush 35, Chemical 35, Utility 35Battalion 554285 Eastgate Mall
Engine 36Medic 3625855 Chateau Dr.
Engine 37Medic 37Brush 37711640 Spring Canyon Rd.
Engine 38Medic 38Brush 3878441 New Salem St.
Engine 39Medic 3944949 La Cuenta Dr.
Engine 40Truck 40Medic 40Brush 40, Light & Air 40, Water Tender 40, Utility 40713393 Salmon River Rd.
Engine 41Medic 41USAR 4154914 Carroll Canyon Rd.
Engine 42Medic 42712110 World Trade Dr.
Engine 43Brush 43, Rescue 43(ARFF)61590 La Media Rd.
Engine 44Truck 44Haz-Mat. 1, Haz-Mat. 2Battalion 7710011 Black Mountain Rd.
Engine 45Truck 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)4Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot
Engine 46714556 Lazanja Dr.
Engine 4756041 Edgewood Bend Ct.
Rescue 1(ARFF), Rescue 2(ARFF), Rescue 3(ARFF), Rescue 5(ARFF)13698 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]

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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