Emergency Operations

Fountain Valley Fire Department is an all-risk emergency response agency, committed to protecting life and property. Examples of the types of emergencies, which the Fire Department is staffed, trained, and equipped to handle include:
  • Fires
  • Hazardous Conditions
  • Hazardous Materials Spills
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Rescue of entrapped persons
  • Swift Water Rescues
  • Traffic Collisions
  • Wildland Firefighting
A total of 39 sworn personnel are assigned to field operations, with 13 firefighting and emergency medical personnel on-duty, 24-hours per day. Each engine and the ladder truck are staffed with a captain, an engineer and 2 firefighter-paramedics. A battalion chief serves as the on-duty command officer for the department.
Fountain Valley Fire Department operates 2 front-line engines and 1 ladder truck with a 100 ft. aerial ladder, along with a battalion command vehicle. The department also has 1 reserve engine and California Office of Emergency Services engine, which is also used as a reserve engine.

Each fire company is equipped with the full array of paramedic advanced life-support equipment. Engines carry a complement of fire suppression equipment for all types of fires, from vegetation to structural. Besides the aerial ladder, the truck company also is equipped for forcible entry work, physical rescues, auto extrication, and salvage duties.

The battalion command vehicle is set-up to serve as a mobile command center at the scene of emergencies with a large variety of communications and information technology.

2012 Responses
Fountain Valley Fire Department responded to 4,598 incidents in 2012, broken down into the following categories. Total Fountain Valley Units dispatched was 5,863. The CARE Ambulance ran a total of 2,901 calls along with Fountain Valley units.

Other statistics include:
  • Fires: 96
  • Hazardous Material Releases: 30
  • Medical Emergencies: 3,870
  • Other Emergencies: 310
  • Service Calls: 292

Equipment on the side of a fire engine
Picture of fire engines from behind