The Operations Division is comprised of SCFD's and CAL FIRE's emergency response personnel and equipment. The department provides a full range of emergency responses services including but not limited to, structural fire suppression, wildland fire suppression, response to hazardous materials incidents, search and rescue, water rescue, vehicle extrication, technical rescue as well as basic life support medical services. Fire Department emergency response personnel respond to over 10,000 incidents annually, of which approximately 7,000 are medical in nature, ranging from motor vehicle accidents and elderly falls to childbirths and heart attacks.
Many of our personnel are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTDs). EMTD's provide Basic Life Support (BLS). EMTs interpret signs and symptoms of injury and disease, and determine the appropriate course of treatment. EMTs are trained to provide Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, administer oxygen, control bleeding, perform spinal immobilization, splint fractures, as well as any rescue functions needed to free a trapped victim. When a medical emergency is reported via 911, the closest Engine Company is dispatched in conjunction with the private ambulance provider. The intent is to get the closest available resource to the patient as soon as possible, so the appropriate medical treatment can be given.
In addition to the ground ambulances, we utilize the services of private air ambulances (helicopters) to transport severely injured or burned patients to the appropriate hospital.