La Jolla has an all volunteer, all-risk fire department located off of Harolds Road that has been in operation since 1986. The biggest fire threats are wildland fires, heavy traffic on Highway 76, the campground, fireworks and burning trash.
The Morongo Fire Department responds to calls both on and off of the reservation. They were one of the first departments to respond to the Esperanza fire in the fall of 2006. The Morongo Fire Department includes a staff of 20 firefighters responsible for protecting 110 square miles of the reservation land, as well as, the residential community, tribal enterprises and the 27-story, 44-acre casino.
The Pauma Reservation Fire Department is a 12-person, full-time professional fire department that primarily serves the Pauma Reservation and the 86,000-square-foot Pauma Casino. The department works a 56-hour week, which consists of two days on and four days off. Our full-time staff is also augmented by our reserve firefighters, who work on a part-time, voluntary basis.
Rincon Fire Department
The Rincon Fire Department was opened for service on April 3rd, 2006. The 13,000 square foot facility was built in response to the growing need for fire protection and the newly constructed Harrah's Southern California Resort. Today, the Rincon Fire Department consists of 31 full-time personnel staffing three-shifts of 8-10 personnel 24 hours a day. Rincon Fire Department is an ALS (Advanced Life Support) provider, meaning at least one member on each apparatus is licensed as a paramedic.
San Manuel Fire Department
The San Manuel Fire Department is committed to providing emergency and non-emergency services to protect the lives and property of Tribal Citizens, employees, patrons, and guests of the San Manuel reservation as well as to safeguard the Tribe’s environmental, cultural, and economic resources.
The Soboba Department of Public Safety (SDPS) provides for the safety, security, and welfare of tribal members and guests. The department has been charged with the enforcement of tribal ordinances, policies, and procedures. DPS works with outside agencies to provide law enforcement, medical, and fire services.
The Viejas Fire Department consists of 20 professionally trained firefighters using one fire engine, one truck company, two ambulances and other emergency equipment. The department provides emergency services to residents, visitors and structures located on the 1,609 acre Viejas Reservation, including the Viejas Casino & Outlet Mall. In addition, the Viejas Fire Department provides aid to other departments in San Diego County, as well as to Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.
The Pala Fire Department was established in 1978 with two firefighters working 40 hours a week and staffing a 300-gallon quick attack unit. In 1980, a volunteer program was formed, eventually evolving into a full-time fire department operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Today, there are 30 full-time suppression personnel (Chief, Assistant Chief, Battalion Chief, Six Captains, Six Engineers and 15 firefighters) and 15 reserve firefighters. The department's equipment consists of a 100-foot Ladder Truck, Type One Structure Engine, and a Type Three Brush Engine, two Water Tenders, three Chief vehicles and one utility pickup. The Pala Fire Department covers an area of 20-1/2 square miles, consisting of 13,315 acres and a population of 650 people.
The Pechanga Fire Department (PFD) was established in June 1996 after a fierce and wind-driven wildfire swept across the reservation, destroying eight homes. At that time, the tribe had no fire protection for itself. However, tribal member Rick Huard, a CalFire firefighter at the time of the Pechanga reservation's devastating fire, took the lead in developing a volunteer fire department for the reservation. On April 6, 1997, the Pechanga General Membership approved the construction for the Fire Station Public Safety Building - Site 1. In April 1999, three of the original volunteers, along with six others, were hired on to make up the full-time Pechanga Fire Department. In October 2003, to keep up with the demand, twelve additional personnel were brought on to staff the new American La France 100-foot Tiller Quint. As the Fire Service in California continued to progress, so has the Pechanga Fire Department. In November 2011, the department became an Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider and now employs six full-time firefighter paramedics. Fifteen years since the department began, the force has nearly tripled — today, the PFD employs 30 full-time fire professionals, two of whom are Pechanga Tribal Members, one fire inspector, and nine additional reserve firefighters.
Yocha Dehe Fire Department
The Yocha Dehe Fire Department (YDFD) plays a vital role in emergency response and life safety throughout the Capay Valley and Yolo County by providing fire protection, technical rescue and paramedic emergency services. YDFD proudly serves as a community partner through mutual aid agreements with other fire departments to protect the citizens and land in Yolo County. When it was formed in 2004, the mission was clear: build a department for the entire community designed to work hand-in-hand with existing resources to provide the best fire and emergency services possible. The YDFD has since evolved into a state-of-the-art fire station. Today, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is proud that YDFD is the only Native American fire department to achieve accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) twice and will continue to invest in resources that protect our people, our land and our greater community. YDFD has 32 uniformed and 3 administrative full-time employees. The department remains the only paramedic level agency in Yolo County.
The Chumash Fire Department is a division of the tribal government devoted to fire, emergency medical and disaster preparedness services for the Santa Ynez Reservation. The department also is a resource for the greater community, cooperating with other local fire departments and federal agencies to combat fires and protect people and property. The department’s firefighters often are the first responders to wildfires on federal land through an arrangement with the U.S. Forest Service. Additionally, because of mutual aid and other agreements, Chumash fire crews can be found on the front lines, ranging from battling fires in Santa Barbara County and the Central Coast, to those in other Western states. They are called upon when the governor declares a state of emergency. The department has permanent full-time firefighters and emergency medical technicians on staff year-round on the reservation. But it also has other emergency workers in the community to call on when needed.
The Tuolumne Rancheria Fire Departments primary mission is to protect lives and property of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and outside communities. The Tuolumne Rancheria Fire Department will strive to deliver the best service from adverse effects of fire, medical emergencies, and dangerous conditions created by either man or nature in our local communities and as far as other states. The Fire Department is a vital part of the county response system. The Tuolumne Rancheria Fire Department consists of highly trained personnel in both wild land and all risk, dedicated to assist in fires, emergencies, and medical response, in our community, state and other states.