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 58 firefighters on duty during the day and 52 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.