The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD)
is the agency that provides fire protection
and emergency medical services
for the city of San Diego, California
, USA. It consists of 46 fire stations
covering over 330 square miles
. For medical transportation
, the department contracts with San Diego Medical Services, or SDMS. 46 SDMS units as well as personnel are housed throughout the city's fire stations. SDFD Fire Station 44 is home to two Hazmat
response units responsible for the assessment all such incidents throughout San Diego County
. The department also operates the city's two fire helicopters
, known as Copter 1 and Copter 2.
Low staffing levels
The San Diego Fire Department is somewhat understaffed compared to comparable fire departments. For example, the fire department has about one firefighter per 1469 residents, compared to one fire fighter per 421 residents in San Francisco
. Currently, the San Diego Fire Department is the lowest paid department in southern California
. In comparison with other major cities with populations over 1 million, such as Los Angeles
, the starting pay for City of San Diego Fire Fighter is around $46,000.