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.
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.
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
The Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Program of the East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department 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 re-certification classes are offered each year, and the EMT certification course is offered every other year.