Our Guiding Principle
“Leaders in Training, enhanced emergency medical services, and professionalism”
Firefighters play a vital role in the community. The Salinas Fire Department (SFD) is responsible for protecting life, property, and the environment from the hazards of fire, explosions, and hazardous materials incidents. The SFD also provides firefighter paramedics who are trained to provide advanced life support. SFD personnel are often the first persons to arrive at the scene of any incident in the city. They have the skills and confidence to perform effectively in emergency situations protecting the life and property of the residents. The SFD also educates the public in fire safety and prevention, and enforces the safety codes designed to provide a healthier and more secure environment for all.
All members of the SFD are committed to respond to any emergency at any time and with professionalism and excellence in training to bring the situation under control.
Salinas City limits cover approximately 23 square miles. The SFD presently has six stations with the plans and land allocated for station seven. SFD has a contract with Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District (MCRFD) to provide fire protection services to a portion of their District. This brings the total protection area for SFD to approximately 55 square miles.
The department operates with three platoons, (A, B, and C). Each platoon has 6 Engine Companies that are made up of a Captain, Engineer, and Firefighter, with one of the members being a paramedic. These engine companies are the initial responders to 9-1-1 emergencies for help. There is also 1 Truck Company, housed at Station 1, made up of a Captain, Engineer, and 2 Firefighters, with one of the members being a paramedic. The ladder company's responsibility is the rescue of trapped civilians, ventilation, access to upper floors, and forcing entry at a structure fire. The ladder truck carries a wide variety of ground ladders, tools and equipment to handle any type of emergency encountered. This includes the jaws of life and stabilization tools for vehicle extrications, specialty rope rescue equipment, and portable lighting. The aerial is also equipped with a water pipe capable of delivering 1000 GPM on larger fires. Each platoon has a Battalion Chief who commands the personnel on duty for their respective shifts. In 2015, these teams responded to a total of 13,857 calls with a minimum of 23 personnel assigned to each platoon. Total authorized staffing for the SFD is 99 personnel, 93 of those personnel being sworn public safety employees.
The department staffs six fire pumpers and one 100-foot ladder truck. There will be a second Truck company, to be housed at Station 5, added in summer of 2016. In 2013, the Hazardous Materials team received formal typing to the State of California Type II Status after a rigorous examination process and was reorganized as the "Monterey Operational Area Hazardous Materials Response Team". The team is divided into two divisions, the Inland Division and the Coastal Division. The team expects to be typed as a class I team in 2016. The department also has an Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) unit, a specialized unit for airport responses housed at station 4, which will respond to airport emergencies. The SFD also staffs a Type I fire engine from the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) which responds to natural disasters and large forest fires statewide. Station 5 houses a Type III wildland brush unit available for response within the city and for State Wide Mutual Aid requests.
The SFD has a minimum of 8 firefighter paramedics on duty each day who respond to all 9-1-1 calls for medical assistance. The quick response by firefighter paramedics on the fire engines and truck company stationed throughout the city provides more immediate care during those initial critical minutes of medical emergencies.
Providing for the overall management of the Fire Department is Fire Administration. Fire Administration is made up of the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, Training Battalion Chief, three administrative Captains, and an EMS Officer. One Administrative Assistant and one Office Technician supports the functions in Fire Administration.
The Fire Prevention Division (FPD) is committed to protecting the lives of citizens, emergency responders, property, environment, and business continuation. This is accomplished through comprehensive fire and life safety education, plan check, and fire code enforcement programs. The FPD staff conducts fire plans examination and inspections of new construction, and permitting and inspection of fire protection systems, hazardous operations, special events, and special occupancies. This FPD is made up of a Battalion Chief Fire Marshall, three Fire Inspectors, and one part-time Fire Plan Checker. They are supported by one Office Technician. Fire Chief Edmond Rodriguez emphasizes that the FPD staff take a balanced and uniform approach to application of the fire codes and regulations that affect the citizens, business, and the environment.
One of SFD's primary goals is to promote fire safety in the home. The SFD uses published safety information for fire and life safety needs. Due to fiscal constraints, the SFD is no longer able to provide firehouse tours, school visits, and Sparky the Fire Dog to get the fire and life safety message out. The FPD staff is also charged by State law to regularly inspect occupancies such as places of assembly, schools, multi-family dwellings, residential care facilities, and healthcare facilities.
Disaster preparedness is another responsibility of the SFD. Currently, due to budget cuts, the Fire Chief and the department's CERT instructor are the Disaster Preparedness Officers for the City of Salinas. Through this appointment, they are responsible for and participate in the planning, development, and promotion of disaster preparedness plans and programs for the entire city.
The men and women of the SFD are committed to serving the residents of Salinas at any time, in any emergency with respect, trust, and dedication.