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Emergency Operations

Emergency Operations is the largest division within the City of Carlsbad Fire Department and is responsible for fire suppression, rescue, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) delivery and disaster mitigation.

The Emergency Operations Division is lead by the Assistant Fire Chief, with three shift Battalion Chiefs leading A, B and C platoons, one training Battalion Chief who supervises training and safety, and an EMS Battalion Chief who oversees the medical portion of emergency responses. Approximately 25 personnel make up each shift who are housed within six fire stations located throughout the city.  Ranks consist of captains, engineers and firefighter/paramedics working an alternating 24-hour shift schedule.

Emergency Operations personnel are a highly trained, professional workforce that respond annually to more than 12,500 calls for service.

The City of Carlsbad maintains a fleet of emergency vehicles that respond to emergency incidents.  In addition to the front-line apparatus noted below, the city has reserve apparatus which can immediately be placed in service when additional staffing is needed or when front-line apparatus experience mechanical issues:

  • 5 fire engines & 2 reserve
  • 1 aerial ladder truck
  • 3 paramedic ambulances & 2 reserve
  • 2 brush engines & 1 OES brush engine
  • 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit
  • 5 chief command vehicles & 1 reserve
  • 2 lifeguard pick-up trucks
  • 1 lifeguard off-road utility vehicle
  • 1 lifeguard rescue water craft