The Operations Division is responsible for equipping, staffing and operating 14 fire stations to provide prompt fire and EMS response when you call 9-1-1.
Four platoons of firefighters work on a rotating schedule to provide 24-hour coverage. Battalion chiefs oversee operations in three geographic zones and captains provide supervision at the station level. South County Fire has a minimum of 60 firefighters on duty during the day and 54 overnight.
Firefighters do much more than fight fires. All firefighters in South County Fire are trained and certified as either emergency medical technicians (providing basic life support care) or paramedics (providing advanced life support for life-threatening emergencies). Other firefighters have specialized training in rescue, hazardous materials and marine response.
Operations Division at a glance:
- 14 fire stations
- 278 uniformed personnel
- 3 dedicated 24-hour fire engines
- 9 cross-staffed 24-hour fire engines/EMS units
- 2 dedicated 24-hour ladder trucks
- 4 dedicated 24-hour EMS units
- 3 dedicated 12-hour EMS units
- 3 dedicated 24-hour battalion chief units
- 1 dedicated 24-hour medical services officer unit
- Technical Rescue Team
- Hazardous Materials Response Team
- Marine 16, Boat 19 and Boat 21 fire/rescue boats