Fire Department Operations
The East Bay Fire Department has 10 fire stations and 14 engines that serve all 65 regional parks. The Public Safety office serves as the administrative headquarters, Fire Station 1 is the main fire station, and the rest serve as substations where engines, water tenders and other safety equipment are stored. Firefighters use the fire stations for overnight fire watches and as a rest and recovery area following fire incidents.
Type 3 Fire Engine - A wildland fire engine with 4-wheel drive with rugged suspension and high wheel clearance for steep, off-road conditions. It can hold 500 gallons of water and has a 2-stage pump that can distribute 500 gallons per minute. A minimum of three and sometimes four firefighters staff this engine.
Type 4 fire Engine - These fire engines are the smallest, and allow rapid response to initial attack smaller fires and medical response. It typically carries a crew of two. Its water capacity is limited to 300 gallons which depletes very rapidly on an active fire.
Urban Search and Rescue Engine - The engine used in the location, extrication, and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces due to natural disasters, structural collapse, transportation accidents, mines and collapsed trenches.
Water Tender – Because most wildland fires are far from any fire hydrants, the firefighters must bring the water with them to the site of the fire. Water tenders allow for the transportation of mass amounts of water. Ours has a tank capacity of 1800 gallons.
Helicopter- The district helicopter is used to respond to search and rescue in order to rapidly transport critical patients from remote locations or to avoid delays in transport. It is also used to transport water and contain fires.
The East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department offers in-house training for employees looking to become firefighters. The training includes extinguishing wildland fires, structure fires, and vehicle fires. Academy attendees learn hazardous material (hazmat) response and how to work in confined spaces like sewers and caves for rescues. This program was developed in an effort to standardize training for all fire personnel.
Emergency Medical Training
The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Program of the East Bay Regional Park District FireDepartment oversees the EMS training for firefighter personnel. These trainings cover medical emergencies, trauma, child birth, burns, and mass response to causality incidents.
The trainees are trained to use defibrillators, oxygen resuscitation equipment and basic trauma support. These trainings prepare firefighters to respond to any medical emergency they may encounter in performing their duties as an EBRPD Firefighter. EMT recertification classes are offered each year, and the EMT certification course is offered every other year.
The East Bay Regional Parks District Fire and Police Department is managed by the Assistant General Manager for the Public Safety Division. The Fire Chief oversees the Fire Department with the help of the Assistant Fire Chief and Assistant Chief of Lifeguard Service. The administrative team also includes a Secretary and an Administrative Analyst.
Firefighter and Lifeguard Personnel
The women and men of the fire and lifeguard departments hold positions ranging from Fire Captains, Fire Lieutenant, Firefighters, Aquatic Supervisors, Aquatics Assistants and program assistants and Lifeguards. The fire department is composed of 46 firefighters and 160-180 Lifeguards.
Many of the firefighters are Industrial Firefighters, which are people that work a regular job as a park ranger, park specialist, or another position within the park district, in addition serving as a firefighter.
The District’s Dispatch center is a critical component of emergency coordination and response. The fire dispatcher sends the appropriate number and type of units to the incident scene, relaying all of the significant information received from the caller to the responding fire units. Our dispatch team is comprised of four dispatch supervisors and nine dispatchers that provide dispatch services 24 hours per day, every day of the year.