Fire Operations is the largest division within the City of Carlsbad Fire Department and is responsible for fire suppression, rescue, Emergency Medical Service delivery and disaster mitigation.
The Operations Division is lead by the Division Chief, with three Shift Battalion Chiefs leading A, B and C platoons. Personnel in each platoon consist of captains, engineers and firefighter/paramedics working an alternating 24-hour shift schedule. The fire training battalion chief manages personnel training, the administrative battalion chief manages business and support services, and the EMS manager ensures continuous quality improvement in the emergency medical services provided.
Fire Operations personnel are a highly trained, professional workforce that annually respond to more than 10,000 calls for service.
Fire suppression priorities are the safety and protection of life, incident stabilization and property preservation. All fire suppression personnel regularly participate in suppression training, fire safety, rescue, emergency medical, and other fire-related training and educational programs.
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The City of Carlsbad Fire Department delivers advanced life support level care on all fire engines and ambulances, including a licensed paramedic. Currently, over 75 percent of fire suppression personnel are licensed paramedics, so frequently multiple paramedics are available on-scene at emergency incidents
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The SWAT Medic Program services the needs of Carlsbad Police Department SWAT team as primary medical support during high risk operations, crisis incidents and other special operations. The SWAT Medics provide strategic on-scene emergency medical care to team members as well as anyone else in need, whether they are law enforcement, bystanders or suspects.
The Honor Guard represents the Fire Department and the Firefighter’s Union Local 3730 at a variety of ceremonial occasions. The Honor Guard participates in parades and funerals for current and retired firefighters, both within the department and honoring firefighters of other departments, and other public service personnel.