The mission of the Valley Center Fire Protection District
Save lives and protect property by providing the highest
levels of fire protection at the lowest possible cost.
achieve the best possible ISO Insurance Rating for the citizens
and property owners of the District.
remain financially solvent into and through the next century.
District History and Organization
The Valley Center Fire Protection District was formed by a
majority vote of the people in 1982. We have a 5 member elected
Board of Directors who governs the District. The Directors
are elected, volunteer members of the community and the VCFPD.
employs a Chief, six Captains and six Engineers. We average
25-30 Firefighters who are District employees making a basic
minimum wage while in training. We consider all the Firefighters
to be career employees, not volunteers. We also utilize a
District Fire Marshal, a District Administrator, a Secretary,
and a part-time bookkeeper.
has 2 fire stations staffed with 1 Fire Captain, 1 Fire Engineer,
2 Firefighter Paramedics and 1 Firefighter EMT daily on each
front line engine. We own 4 front-line Type 1 Fire Engines,
1 Type 2 Fire Engine.
VCFPD also contracts with the County of San Diego for funding
of a Paramedic ambulance transport service provided by Mercy
Ambulance Transportation Inc. This is an exclusive operating
area which covers most of Northeast unincorporated County
VC Fire Protection District is 84.5 sq. miles. We serve a
population of over 23,000 people. We respond to approximately
1,300 calls a year. Our average response time has increased
due to traffic concerns to 9 minutes on average. Within the
VCFPD service area is 1 CAL FIRE staffed station and 1 San
Pasqual Reservation Fire Department station. Just outside
(1/2 mile) the VCFPD service area is Rincon Reservation Fire
Most of the terrain in the District is rugged, offering steep
hillsides and deep canyons.