Fire suppression at the East Bay Regional Parks is predominately on wildland fires, but also includes vehicle and structure fires. In many events one type of fire can lead to the other or they all happen simultaneously. Due to the various types and nature of fires, the response to each fire is also different.
EPRPD fire engines and water tenders work with firefighting aircraft, hand crews from CAL FIRE and other local resources to protect the wildland-urban interface areas of the District where residential development meets with open space, as well as fires in the more remote, natural wilderness areas of the Park District.
Emergency Medical Services
The East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department provides Basic Life Support services to park visitors in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Because firefighters are often first to respond to any emergency, it is critical that they be able to respond in the event of a medical emergency.
The District’s EMS Division is an active participant in Alameda and Contra Costa County's Fire-EMS Sections. The EMS Section was established to standardize training for fire first responders and ambulance personnel countywide. Within this section the Public Access Defibrillation Program was created and actively promotes public access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in locations throughout the District.
Search and Rescue
The East Bay Regional Park District Fire Department firefighters are trained to deal with various types of search and rescue. The most common response is for lost or disorientated hikers and equestrians.
Given the hilly nature of the East Bay our fire personnel are often called to respond to cars that have gone over the edge of the road requiring a rope rescue. At the lakes, lifeguards respond to many lost children alerts. Lifeguards perform synchronized dives, lake walk-throughs and other methods to recover lost children and ensure that the public remains safe.
Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Response
The Hazardous Material First Responder team is trained to respond to the variety of incidents in which hazardous materials threaten public and environmental safety. Responses range from toxic spills in our parks to oil tanker releases in the San Francisco Bay which threaten the health of park shores and wildlife.
The department works closely with Park Operations in an effort to make materials protocol, funding and emergency response to hazardous material incidents as efficiently as possible.