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About SDFD

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Fire Chief
Brian Fennessy

The City of San Diego's Fire-Rescue Department encompasses all fire, emergency medical, lifeguard and emergency management services. This includes 9-1-1 services, fire inspections, permits and community education.

Facts and Figures

Area Served - City of San Diego
  • 331 square miles
  • Population 1,337,000
  • 17 miles of coastline extending 3 miles offshore 4,600 acres around Mission Bay Park
Fire and Lifeguard Stations
  • 48 fire stations
  • 9 permanent lifeguard stations (25 seasonal stations during peak period)
Budgeted Personnel
  • 801 uniformed Fire personnel
  • 338 uniformed Lifeguard personnel
  • 161 civilian personnel
  • 1,300 total
Fire Incident Runs (FY 15)
Fire 5,591 3.9%
Rescue 1,366 1.0%
Emergency Medical Response 103,106 72.3%
Urgent Medical Response 12,725 8.9%
Non-Emergency Medical Response 8,358 5.9%
Hazard 10,475 7.3%
Service 621 0.4%
Events 97 0.1%
Other 189 0.1%
Total 142,528 100%

Mission Statement

To serve the community of San Diego by providing the highest level of emergency/rescue services, hazard prevention and safety education ensuring the protection of life, property and the environment.