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On behalf of the 40 professional men and women that serve the citizens of the Valley Center Fire Protection District, I welcome you to the Valley Center Fire Protection District web page. Here you will find both statistical, as well as anecdotal information regarding the district. The Valley Center Fire Protection Districts operates a full service fire department providing services ranging from fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services in partnership with Mercy Ambulance, technical rescue and hazardous materials mitigation.

Operating from 2 strategically located stations in an 84.5 square mile response area, the Valley Center Fire Protection District provides the highest quality of service to our 20,000 residents and visitors who come to our community and experience our family atmosphere. We responded to over 1060 calls for service in 2014 and with our growing community, we expect to see an increase in calls for service in the years to come.

We have strived to provide you with information that is most frequently requested, and I hope you find this page easy to navigate. As always, if you see ways we can make your experience here on our page better, please do not hesitate to let us know by contacting any of the members of the Valley Center Fire Protection District.

Joe Napier
Fire Chief
Valley Center Fire Department


January 2013
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 A.

In 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:

  1. Provide proof of a permit, or obtain a permit from the County of San Diego, Department of Planning & Land Use (858) 694-2960
  2. If 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.”

We 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


PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT
October 21, 2008
Fire 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.

There 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.

The 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 per incident.

Lucia 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.

For additional information regarding this release, contact the Fire Marshal or the District Administrator at (760) 751-7600.

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Making 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.

Good 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.

Don't delay. Start planning today!

George E. Lucia Sr.
Fire Marshal/Captain

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