North County Fire / EMS (NCRFA) is comprised of five fire stations, three of which are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department service area is approximately 104 square miles with an estimated population of over 15,000 residents. There are 20 career firefighters and approximately another 45 to 50 volunteer firefighters that help make up the core of the Department.
The most visible and valued services provided by NCRFA is our response to and control of emergency events that affect the citizens in the area in which we serve. North County Fire / EMS provides a variety of emergency services including:
- Fire Suppression
- Water Rescue
- ALS/BLS Emergency Medical Services and Transport
- Hazardous Materials Response
- Public Information and Education
Each day our Department operates with 11 to 12 employees strategically positioned at three fire stations within the 104 square mile we serve. Our Departments emergency response system utilizes a combination of both career and volunteer personnel. This deployment model provides the most effective delivery of personnel and equipment to ensure that patient care, firefighting and any other emergencies are responded to and mitigated in the least amount of time. NCRFA is committed to ensure when the need arises, our personnel are highly trained, dedicated, and professional with well equipped Fire and Emergency Medical Service apparatus equipped with life saving instruments. In 2009, NCRFA responded to 2071 incidents. Like most fire departments the majority of those calls where medical emergencies.
The Department has three Battalion Chiefs that each assist with specific aspects of our emergency delivery system while overseeing one of three platoons of firefighters assigned to them. All Battalion Chiefs report to two Assistant Chiefs. The Assistant Chiefs work under the Departments Fire Chief and Administration who establishes a clear chain of command and assist in long range planning and budgeting forecasting.