Operations Division

The Operations Division, also referred to as Fire Suppression, is 1 of 4 divisions within the Poway Fire Department. The Operations Division provides the community with an all-risk response 24/7. Fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, special assistance, and public service are provided by a highly-trained, well-prepared workforce of 49 first responders. One Chief Officer and 48 firefighters and paramedics are assigned to the Operations Division. Firefighters and paramedics are divided into 3 shifts working a rotational schedule. Utilizing a constant staffing philosophy, each shift consists of 16 personnel ready to respond and provide emergency and non-emergency services at any time of day.

Fire Stations
Personnel respond from 3 strategically located fire stations:
  • Station 1 - 13050 Community Road
  • Station 2 - 16912 Westling Court
  • Station 3 - 14322 Pomerado Road
Equipment
Equipment includes 3 paramedic engines, 2 paramedic ambulances, and 1 paramedic ladder truck. The ladder truck and engine companies are staffed with a fire captain, a fire engineer, and a firefighter / paramedic. Ambulances are staffed with 2 firefighters / paramedics. Personnel assigned to the engine companies at Fire Station 1 and Fire Station 2 cross-staff ICS-Type III wildland engines for response to vegetation fires. Personnel assigned to the engine at Fire Station 3 cross-staff an engine assigned by California's Office of Emergency Services. One of 4 Division Chiefs responds as the Duty Chief. Dispatch services are provided via contract by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Division Chief's Responsibilities
The Operations Division is managed by a Division Chief who is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the department including staffing; communications; personnel supervision; facility management; and fleet acquisition, maintenance, and repair. The Operations Division Chief prepares and manages assigned budget areas, performs specialized administrative projects, represents the department's operational interests with regional fire service agencies, and responds to emergency incidents performing incident management on a rotational schedule with other Division Chiefs.