The Oceanside Fire Department’s eight firehouses provide a presence in every neighborhood throughout the 41 square miles of the City of Oceanside.  The department's goal is to efficiently and effectively serve the community.

The lives of over 180,000 residents and visitors are protected 24 hours per day, 365 days per year by 115 full-time fire personnel, seven full-time lifeguard personnel, 76 part-time lifeguard personnel, with an additional staff of eight providing support.

Department Mission

The Oceanside Fire Department's (OFD) mission is to meet and exceed community needs and expectations through the preservation and protection of life, property, and the environment. We will work collaboratively, with our citizens and other agencies to provide constant service with an all-risk approach.

The OFD decision-making culture will be based on the needs of the community, the city, the fire department, and the personnel who serve the city.

The OFD is committed to providing the community with the resources necessary to meet their needs at the highest level of proficiency and quality possible. Our dedicated personnel will always remain mindful of the best interests of our citizens.

Core Values

  • Accountability
  • Competence
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be nationally recognized for our focus on quality, cost-effectiveness, all-risk service delivery, all while preserving our city's and department heritage and traditions.


“Save, Serve, and Strive to be the Best!”


In the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget, the Fire Department has a total of 126 personnel.  A trial program for Emergency Medical Technicians is currently ongoing, and they are in addition to the budgeted positions.

The positions are as follows:

  • Fire Chief
  • Deputy Chief (1)
  • Division Chiefs (3)
  • Battalion Chiefs (3)
  • Captains (30)
  • Engineers (27)
  • Firefighter / Paramedics (45)
  • Emergency Medical Technicians (29)
  • Fire Safety Specialists (1)
  • Fire Inspectors (5)
  • Fire Plans Examiner (1)
  • Assistant Training Officers (1)
  • Administrative Support Staff

Fire Stations

The eight stations are located at:


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

  • 7 Fire Engines
  • 1 Tiller Truck
  • 5 Ambulances
  • 3 Type 3 Brush Engines
  • 1 Type 6 Brush Engine
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 1 Command Vehicle (Battalion Chief)
  • 1 Command & Interoperability Trailer
  • 1 Incident Support Trailer
  • 1 Mass Casualty Response Vehicle
  • 1 Confined Space Trailer

Calls for Service

OFD calls for service for 2019 are as follows:

  • Total Responses -21,138
  • Fire Responses - 381
  • Emergency Medical Services Responses - 14,104
  • Investigation/Good Intent - 3,819
  • Service Calls - 1,995
  • False Alarm - 635
  • Hazardous Condition - 144
  • Other - 60

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.