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FireHouse 101

Learn about life in the Firehouse, from daily chores to equipment details.

Explorer Program Prepares High School Kids for a Career in Firefighting

Help us fill the shortage of qualified candidates to join our fire departments throughtout San Diego County.

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Firefighters Respond to Cloud Over Crematorium

National City Firefighters responded to a mishap at a San Diego County crematorium that sent clouds of human remains into the atmosphere. Ew. National City Fire Captain Brian Krebs said that an oven door failed to close while the furnace was in use, which resulted in heavy smoke, containing human remains and a fire suppressant, […]

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San Diego City Officials Want to Share 9-1-1 Dispatch Center with County and State

San Diego City Council has signaled interest in developing a single hub to house city, county, state and federal dispatchers. Tenants could include the San Diego County Fire Authority, San Diego Fire-Rescue, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.

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San Diego’s Best Respond to FEMA’s Call for Help During the Hurricanes

Photos courtesy of San Diego’s CA-TF8. As hurricane Harvey swirled, inundating parts of Texas with more than three feet of rain, and again as Hurricane Irma decimated Florida, FEMA called in their 28 Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, one of which was San Diego’s Cal Task Force 8 (CA-TF8). After almost two weeks assisting with […]

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Oceanside / Camp Pendleton Fire Provides Important Lessons

A recent 85 acre wildfire in both Oceanside and on Camp Pendleton provides important lessons on fire safety for the upcoming fire season. There is a high fire threat this season. Though San Diego County had a “wet” winter (more rain than average), that does not result in less of a wildfire threat.  More rain […]

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What happens when you call 9-1-1?

“9-1-1, What is Your Emergency?” When you need help, these words are your lifeline. The dispatcher, never seen and rarely thanked, is often your last hope. Where does my call go? When you call 9-1-1, you are sent to your local law-enforcement dispatcher—police, sheriff or California Highway Patrol (CHP). The appropriate agency is determined by […]

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Heroes in Harm’s Way

Each year more than 60 career and volunteer firefighters lose their lives on the job–and tens of thousands more are injured.

However better training and emerging technologies are helping reduce the dangers…

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$276,000 Awarded for Fire Department Communications Equipment

SDG&E donated $276,000 to provide San Diego County rural areas with 80 AVL units. This will reduce response times and help commanders better manage incidents.

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Why do firefighters cut a hole in the roof?

When there is a fire in a building it is often necessary to cut a hole in the roof to ventilate.

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What is CAL FIRE?

May 2014 San Diego Wildfires

2014 Napa Earthquake

If there is a disaster in California, CAL FIRE will be there. So what is CAL FIRE?

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