The Board of Directors of the Valley Center Fire Protection
District, the Tribal Council of the San Pasqual Band of Mission
Indians and CAL FIRE announced today the restructuring of
the delivery of fire protection service for the Valley Center
Fire Protection District.
FIRE will continue its current contract with the District
for services until August 31, 2013. Thereafter, the San Pasqual
Band of Mission Indian's Fire Department will provide those
services to the District utilizing Tribal Company officer
level personnel to the District at each of its Stations 72
and 73 augmented with District reserve firefighters. CAL FIRE
will continue to operate the state funded Station on Vesper
Road in Valley Center and will remain responsible for wild
land fire suppression and investigations.
restructuring of relationships is necessary to the continued
financial solvency of the District. The District is sincerely
saddened to have to end its long cooperative relationship
with CAL FIRE. The District is also delighted to enter into
a new relationship with its San Pasqual neighbors and long
standing community partners.
Valley Center Fire Protection District
John H. Byrne, District Administrator
Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
Allen Lawson, Tribal Chairman
FIRE Monte Vista Unit
Thomas Porter, Unit Chief
OF A SEMINAR
Presented by the Valley Center Fire Protection District
At its May 16, 2013 regular meeting of the Board of
a motion was made and seconded to adopt and approve an agreement
proposed to be made between the District and the San Pasqual
Band of Mission Indians (the "SPFD") for SPFD Company Officers
to staff and direct the operations of the District's Station
73 on N. Lake Wohlford Road.
of the public were then invited to present any comments they
may have on the pending motion. A number of speakers expressed
their viewpoints on the matter. Many speakers asked that the
motion be tabled until a later date in order to learn more
information about the considerations involved in the proposal
to eliminate the present Cal Fire staffing at this Station
and to replace it with staffing from the SPFD. Accordingly,
the Board of Directors agreed to table the pending motion
until its regular meeting on June 20, 2013.
District Administrator and District Treasurer Phil Bell will
present a seminar lasting up to 3 hours long beginning at
9:30AM on June 8, 2013 at the Parks & Recreation District
Hall on Lilac Road. The purpose of this seminar is to provide
oral and documentary information relevant to the pending vote
of the Directors on the Agreement to concerned citizens of
the District. The seminar will be conducted in a question
and answer format. The seminar will not provide for a debate
on the merits of the Agreement.
of space limitations and the time required to hear each valued
question, we are asking that only Valley Center property owners,
residents and business owners attend. This will insure that
those directly affected by the Board's proposed action will
be heard. This is an informational meeting to allow Valley Center
property owners, residents and business owners an opportunity
to learn the facts surrounding this issue. To that end, each
person will be asked for proof of residence such as a valid
California driver's license, or proof of ownership of a property
or a seller's permit. This will best allow our efforts and explanations
to meet our residents' needs. Thank you for you cooperation
and understanding in this matter. Click
Dear Property Owner,
In an effort to provide prompt and efficient emergency services
to our customers, the Valley Center Fire Protection District
is surveying all bridges, culverts and other crossings within
our jurisdiction to ensure compliance with District, County
and State fire codes. This effort is in response to the
identification of several substandard, non-permitted bridges
or culverts in the district, with the ultimate goal of preventing
our fire apparatus from falling through a bridge or collapsing
a culvert. Our staff has conducted a survey and determined
that there is a bridge or culvert on your property. We will
be requiring that all private bridges and culverts have
the maximum vehicle load limits posted on both entrances
to the elevated structure. This requirement can be found
in the 2010 edition of the California Fire Code Section
503.2.6 which has been adopted by the Valley Center Fire
Protection District in Ordinance 2010-39. See codes on Attachment
order to ensure the safety of our personnel and equipment,
we cannot guarantee our fire apparatus will cross your
bridge or culvert until such time as we receive verification
that your elevated structure will support a capacity of
75,000 pounds. Rest assured we will continue to provide
prompt service to your property; however, service will
likely be delayed if the capacity of your structure remains
unanswered. Verification of capacity may be accomplished
by one of the following:
Provide proof of a permit, or obtain a permit from the
County of San Diego, Department of Planning & Land Use
your bridge or culvert cannot be permitted by the County,
obtain written verification from a licensed structural
engineer. You may find such engineers in the yellow
pages under “engineers-structural.”
thank you for your prompt attention in this matter. Should
you have any questions, please contact me at (760) 751-7600.
A completed county permit or verification can be mailed
to George Lucia Sr., Fire Marshal at the above address.
By: George Lucia Sr., Fire Marshal
January 6, 2012
President Weaver Simonsen today announced that the Valley
Center Fire Protection District received a grant of $59,033
from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department
of Homeland Security for the acquisition of a new Self Contained
Breathing Apparatus ("SCBA") filling station.
grant will permit replacement of the District's 10 year old
SCBA filling station which is technically out of date, requires
constant repair, and is often out of service for extended
periods of time. The new filling station will substantially
enhance the District's ability to maintain its level of fire
protection service and training as well as that of its neighboring
departments who utilize the District's filling station to
meet their needs.
President Simonsen said he appreciates the efforts of the
District's staff who worked together to obtain this grant.
For additional information regarding this release, contact
District Fire Chief Jim Rodman or District Administrator John
Byrne at (760) 751-7600.
ORDINANCE NO: 2010-39
View the fully adopted 2010 Fire Code
ORDINANCE OF THE VALLEY CENTER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT WHICH
ADOPTS THE CALIFORNIA CODE, 2010 EDITION, AND 2009 INTERNATIONAL
FIRE CODE WITH CERTAIN AMENDMENTS, ADDITIONS, AND DELETIONS
read at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the
Valley Center Fire Protection District of the County of
San Diego, California, held on the 16th day of September
2010. A second reading occurred at a regular meeting on
the 21st day of October 2010 a public hearing was held November
18th, 2010 and finally adopted and ordered published in
the manner required by law at the hearing and meeting on
the 18th of November 2010, by the following roll call vote:
Fire Safety Tips
As summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your
memory on fall fire safety tips.
Visit our Fire Prevention
page for more.
With the Holidays just around the corner, candles are a
popular way to celebrate and decorate in our homes. Candles
are also the cause of many residential structure fires.
The Valley Center Fire Protection District in cooperation
with CALFIRE reminds everyone that there is no substitute
for fire prevention and education before a fire occurs.
Candles are generally safe products, but may become hazardous
when used improperly or in an unsafe manner. Click
to view our recommendations on safety tips when burning
A Christmas tree, even one treated to be flame-retardant,
is capable of burning explosively, spreading the fire throughout
your home quickly. Taking proper care of your Christmas
tree, however, will help prevent this tragedy from happening
to you. Click
to view our Christmas Tree safety tips.
Fireplaces and wood stoves have increased in popularity;
fires related to their misuse are increasing as well. More
than one-third of Americans use fireplaces, woodstoves,
and other fuel-fired appliances as heat sources in their
homes. They are likely the focal point in whatever room
they are located in providing warmth, relaxation, and enjoyment.
VC Fire Fighters Association is now selling t-shirts.
You can pick yours up at the District Office on Lilac Rd.
Marshal George E. Lucia Sr. and District Administrator John
H. Byrne today announced that the Valley Center Fire Protection
District will commence enforcement of its rights to recover
the costs incurred by the District for public fire suppression
efforts caused by property owners who fail to observe the
District's fire code ordinance.
have been a steadily increasing number of incidents requiring
the dispatch of fire engines and firefighters to suppress
fires started by landowners and business owners in violation
of the existing Fire Code. Examples of such violations are:
burning without a valid burn permit; burning on "no burn"
days; burning in violation of burn permit conditions; repetitive
false alarms; impeding fire apparatus access; and maintaining
unsafe conditions which result in a fire.
District is allowed under its Fire Code to recover from an
offending landowner fire suppression, investigative and other
administrative costs associated with a fire caused by negligence
or as a result of a violation of the law. These costs may
be substantial in amount, often exceeding thousands of dollars
and Byrne said that it is unfair to District landowners who
comply with the Fire Code to ultimately shoulder the unnecessary
financial burden caused by landowners who fail to comply with
the Code. Code violators also detract from the District's
readiness and capabilities to provide fire suppression services
for legitimate fire incidents.
additional information regarding this release, contact the
Fire Marshal or the District Administrator at (760) 751-7600.
THE BASICS OF FIRE SAFETY
stuff may result in a smaller fire. Clean up combustible
storage and unneeded items from your house. Keep combustible
items away from heat sources like mops and brooms in the
water heater closet. Keep your home neat clean and clear.
In the event of a small fire, there is less chance it will
spread and you will be able to escape
Get Smoke Detectors - Have Smoke Detectors - Lots of Smoke
Detectors. They are inexpensive and reliable. Install them
in your bedrooms and hallways and living rooms. Not in the
kitchen or near the bathroom (steam sets them off). Put
new batteries in them and test them. They will wake you
up in time to escape a fire while it is small.
PLAN AN ESCAPE:
Know how you will get out of your home should you wake up
to smoke and fire. Know a second way out in the event the
main door is blocked by heat and smoke. Practice your escape
with everyone in the household and pick a common meeting
place so that everyone knows that everyone is safe or still
trapped. In a fire, time is the enemy. Tell the arriving
firefighter if everyone is out or if they are trapped and
There are many other ways to help prevent a fire, but these
basics will most often be the best and easiest to implement
George E. Lucia Sr.
someone throw a cigarette butt out the window? Do something
San Diego Surfrider chapter, along with "I Love a Clean
San Diego", the American Heart Association are working
with the Californian Highway Patrol (CHP) and San Diego Fire
Department to announce that the CHP is cracking down on smokers
who throw their butts out the car window while driving.
CHP joined the coalition efforts by setting up a hotline number
that people can call if they see cigarette butts being tossed
onto our streets and highways. After the phone call is received,
the CHP will send a warning letter to the alleged violator.
It's easy to participate.
See someone throwing a cigarette butt out the window of their
2) Dial 1-877-211-BUTT and read in the license plate
3) The CHP will send a warning letter to the alleged violator.
you live in San Diego, program that number into your phone
plans ahead of time can often mean the difference between
tragedy and survival. And, while the VCFPD and other emergency
responders are dedicated to making your life safer, no one
agency or governmental entity can do everything that needs
to be done to protect you in all circumstances.
planning includes having knowledge of your community, its
terrain, its roads, the best places to go or avoid in an emergency,
what media stations to turn to during a disaster for information,
and many other things.
delay. Start planning today!