Operations / EMS

The Operations Division, also referred to as Fire Suppression, is the largest of the 4 divisions within the Poway Fire Department. The Operations Division is managed by the Battalion Chief – Operations and EMS. 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 51 first responders. Three Duty Battalion Chiefs 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 17 personnel ready to respond and provide emergency and non-emergency services any time of day.

Operations Division Organizational Chart

Emergency Medical Services Division

The Emergency Medical Services Division, managed by the Battalion Chief – Operations and EMS, provides advanced level medical and trauma care to the community following policies set forth by the California and San Diego County Emergency Medical Services Authorities. The Poway Fire Department has proudly provided Advanced Life Support services to the citizens of Poway since 1976. All frontline engine and truck companies are staffed with paramedics to ensure immediate advanced life support measures can be delivered in the shortest possible amount of time. The department's two paramedic ambulances are staffed with two firefighter/paramedics, providing Poway's citizens with the highest level of pre-hospital ground transport available in San Diego County.

Fire Stations and Equipment

Personnel respond from 3 strategically located fire stations to provide quick and effective response.

Fire Station 1 / Headquarters

  • 13050 Community Road
  • Frontline Apparatus - Engine 3711, Medic 3791, Brush 3761, Battalion 3703
  • Reserve Apparatus – Engine 3721, Brush 3769, Medic 3798, Battalion 3704, Water Tender 3751

Fire Station 2

  • 16912 Westling Court
  • Frontline Apparatus – Engine 3712, Brush 3762, OES 308

Fire Station 3

  • 14322 Pomerado Road
  • Frontline Apparatus – Engine 3713, Truck 3773, Medic 3793
  • Reserve Apparatus – Engine 3722, Medic 3799, Utility 3783


Battalion Chief - Operations and EMS

The Battalion Chief – Operations and EMS prepares and manages assigned budget areas, performs specialized administrative projects, represents the department's operational interests with regional fire and EMS agencies, and responds to emergency incidents performing incident management. In addition to managing overall department wide operations, the Battalion Chief – Operations and EMS manages the day-to-day functions of C Division.