Overview

The Oceanside Fire Department’s eight firehouses provide a presence in every neighborhood throughout the 41 square miles of the City of Oceanside.

The lives of over 180,000 residents and visitors are protected 24 hours per day, 365 days per year by 115 sworn personnel. An additional staff of nine provides support with the goal of efficiently and effectively serving the community.

Department Mission

The mission of the Oceanside Fire Department is the preservation of life, property and the environment. This is accomplished by providing highly-trained emergency service personnel using the most modern equipment; specialized prevention and training officers; and a dedicated administrative support staff.

Personnel

In the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Budget, the Fire Department has a total of 124 personnel.
The positions are as follows:

  • Fire Chief
  • Division Chiefs
  • Battalion Chiefs
  • Captains
  • Engineers
  • Firefighter / Paramedics
  • Fire Marshal
  • Assistant Fire Marshal
  • Fire Safety Specialists / Investigators
  • Fire Plans Examiner
  • Assistant Training Officers
  • Courier
  • Administrative Support Staff


Fire Stations

The eight stations are located at:


Apparatus

The following apparatus are in-service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year:

  • 6 Fire Engines
  • 1 Quint Ladder Truck
  • 1 Tiller Truck
  • 4 Ambulances
  • 2 Brush Engines
  • 1 Rescue/Light and Air Unit
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 1 Command Vehicle (Battalion Chief)
  • 1 Command & Interoperability Trailer
  • 1 Incident Support Trailer
  • 1 Mass Casualty Response Vehicle (Coming Soon)
  • 1 Confined Space Trailer
  • 1 Courier Truck

Calls for Service

OFD calls for service for 2012 are as follows:

  • Total Responses - 17,791
  • Fire Responses - 809
  • Emergency Medical Services Responses - 13,411
  • Vehicle Accidents - 1,837 
  • Service Calls - 617
  • Gas Leak - 111
  • False Alarms - 553
  • Other - 453 

In addition to providing emergency response services to the community, there are a number of non-emergency functions performed by the Fire Department. They include fire investigations, plan checks for all new development, fire prevention inspections, and public education and informational programs.