The Valley Center Fire Protection District was formed by a majority vote of the people in 1982. We have a 5 member elected Board of Directors who governs the District. The Directors are elected, volunteer members of the community and the VCFPD.
VCFPD employs a Fire Chief, 2 Division Chiefs, 6 Captains, 6 Engineers and 6 Firefighter/Paramedics. We average 25-30 Firefighters who are District employees making a basic minimum wage while in training. We consider all the Firefighters to be career employees, not volunteers. We also utilize an Admin Assistant and a part-time bookkeeper.
VCFPD has two fire stations, and each station is staffed with one Fire Captain, one Fire Engineer, two Firefighter Paramedics, and one Firefighter EMT daily. We own four Type 1 Fire Engines, one Type 6 Squad, and house an OES Water Tender.
VCFPD also contracts with the County of San Diego for funding of a Paramedic ambulance transport service provided by Mercy Ambulance Transportation Inc. This is an exclusive operating area which covers most of Northeast unincorporated County area.
The VC Fire Protection District is 84.5 sq. miles. We serve a population of over 23,000 people. We respond to approximately 1,300 calls a year. Our average response time has increased due to traffic concerns to 9 minutes on average. Within the VCFPD service area is 1 CAL FIRE staffed station and 1 San Pasqual Reservation Fire Department station. Just outside (1/2 mile) the VCFPD service area is Rincon Reservation Fire Department station.