About the Department
The Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services is “all risk” meaning, the department responds to emergencies such as medical aids, structure fires, wildland fires, vehicle traffic collisions, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescues and public service assists. Responding to about 3000 calls per year the Fire Department operates from 2 fire stations with 6 fire engines, 2 command vehicles, a ladder truck, a 4X4 ambulance and a technical rescue unit. The department operates with a total of 21 full-time personnel and 12 Reserve Firefighters. The full-time staff includes 1 Fire Chief, 1 Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement Officer and 1 Administrative Assistant. The Department serves and protects approximately 28,000 people and 26.7 square miles.
An environment that generates some of the highest motivated men and women in our county comes from being the very best trained, supplied, supported and encouraged with a clear vision, mission and leadership! Our purpose will be measurable with written organizational values in conjunction with a plan of action.
Fire station 1 is located just outside of the downtown corridor at the corner of Traffic Way and Lewis Avenue. Fire station 2 can be found just south of Santa Rosa Road along 101 on West Front road. Look for the flags or the red lights at night!
Residents must obtain Daily Burn Status by calling (805) 466-0770
The Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services strongly encourages residents to utilize alternative forms of disposal, such as the Waste Alternatives, Green Waste recycling container or the Chipping Program. Burning should be used as a last resort.
Copies of Atascadero’s Burning Regulations and various waste alternative programs are available at either Fire Station or following the link below.
The Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services has a zero tolerance policy and will issue citations for violations of the burning regulations. Information is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at Fire Station 1, located at 6005 Lewis Avenue.
If you would like further information regarding Burn Season, please feel free to contact the us at (805) 461-5070.
Citations will be written for non-compliance
FIRE DEPARTMENT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
CADET FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM
RESERVE FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM
SEASONAL FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM
Ride Along Information
All Fire Departments are required to comply with state and federal laws and regulations, just as any other employer. These laws regulate certain operations, administrative procedures, and training within the organization, and are commonly referred to as “mandates”.
The majority of the regulations are those adopted by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (CalOSHA) to meet national standards developed by the federal OSHA. The goal of most of these regulations is worker safety, although some address a professional performance standard. Many of the standards were developed as a direct result of workplace accidents resulting in injury or death.
The rationale for any employer to comply is three-fold:
Nearly all of the regulations are function-based. While there are regulations that apply to all employees, most regulations describe requirements for specific activities. For example, the respiratory standard only applies to employees who are exposed to hazardous atmospheres in their line of work.
Some standards require the employer to create a safe work environment through administrative policies, engineering safeguards, or following operational guidelines. Others require that the employer provide safety equipment, employee testing, and training.
Fire Department personnel deserve professional, state-of-the-art training in all aspects of their jobs. Specific state and federal regulations mandate some of this training, although the General Duty Clause is the basis that seems to require the most required training. There are state and national training standards for most job functions.
Fire Department emergency operations are inherently dangerous. Risk management principles require focusing solid, realistic, ongoing, and verifiable training on such “high risk / low frequency” events. Training in the Fire Department needs to focus on training personnel for maximum safety and effectiveness in emergency operations.
Finally, all firefighters have an obligation to uphold the public trust in their Fire Department by efficient and effective service delivery. Developing professional firefighters and officers requires professional training delivery, and jurisdictions have a legal obligation to provide that training to its firefighters.
LEARN MORE ABOUT FIRE DEPARTMENT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
The Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Serives Cadet Program is a unique opportunity for High School students to learn about and experience the fire service. Cadets are hired as volunteers, and are part of the work experience program through the Atascadero High School. High School Seniors are given priority and they spend 3 to 4 hours each day, 5 days a week, working alongside the full time firefighters. While at the station, Cadets learn about the job of a firefighter and train for fire, rescue and medical emergencies. Additionally, they help clean and maintain the station, emergency equipment and fire engines. When an alarm comes in for an emergency, the cadets ride on the engine and help out at the scene if it is safe to do so. The Cadet Program is a great opportunity for any student who thinks they may be interested in pursuing a career in the fire service after high school.
Please contact us for more information.
The Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services Reserve Firefighter Program was founded on the old fire service traditions of volunteerism and community service. Additionally it serves as a great career building program for the citizens of Atascadero whom are interested in full-time employment within the fire service. A great majority of the current full-time fire department staff were trained and promoted through this program; additionally, many of our past Reserve Firefighters have found full-time employment throughout the state in such fire departments as: San Luis Obispo City FD, Santa Barbara County FD, Fresno City FD, Humboldt Bay FD, Colinga FD, Los Angeles City FD and Sacramento Metro FD, just to name a few.
Currently, the Reserve Firefighter Program employs 12 Reserve Firefighters. The position of Reserve Firefighter is considered part-time employment. On a monthly basis, the Reserve Firefighter is utilized on duty with an assigned shift to help reinforce our fulltime staffing. The Reserve Firefighter is required to fulfill one, 12 hour per month ride-a-long with an assigned full-time shift. The Reserve Firefighter is subject to call back 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
The Reserve Firefighter responds to emergencies on an as-needed basis to support department operations which includes, but is not limited to, incidents such as: structural and wildland fires, medical aids, vehicle traffic collisions, hazardous material incidents, and public assists. In addition, supports the department through participation in functions, such as Fireman's Ball, Colony Days, firefighter musters, etc.
In order to qualify for this position you must be a current resident of the City of Atascadero. Working knowledge of basic suppression techniques and practices. Full-time Fire Academy or San Luis Obispo County 80 hour Paid Call Fire (PCF) Academy highly desired. Ability to learn and apply firefighting principles related to fire suppression and rescue situations; work effectively and cooperatively with others; understand and follow verbal and written direction. CPR certification desired and clear DMV driving record. Class C driver’s license is required.
The Reserve Firefighter Employment Flyer can be found in the “City Jobs” section of this website, and we are accepting applications on a continuous basis.
The Seasonal Firefighter position is a temporary/part-time position to augment Engine Company staffing during the summer fire season. The shifts are 56-hour workweeks, conforming to current paid staff schedule. Under general supervision, the seasonal firefighter may fight fires and perform emergency medical and rescue work as part of a fire crew. May also perform fire prevention activities, stations and grounds maintenance, general maintenance and work projects, including weed abatement, painting, cleaning, and light carpentry for the City.
A Seasonal Firefighter must have a working knowledge of basic suppression techniques and practices. Must have the ability to learn and apply firefighting principles related to fire suppression and rescue situations; work effectively and cooperatively with others; understand and follow verbal and written direction.
Desired qualifications include: State Certified EMT-1, CPR, Haz-Mat Fro/Decon, experience and/or training in wildland and structural firefighting, Firefighter I Certificate, Clear DMV driving record desired, and valid Class C driver’s license. Mandatory Qualifications include Title 22 First Aid or Higher, Proof of Completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). The applicant shall provide the following prior to receiving a job offer for employment: Hepatitis B - copies of records showing the first of the 3 injections of the Hepatitis B (Hep B) series. TB Skin test (PPD) documented within the last 6 months. If a prior positive test, documentation of a negative chest X-ray within the last six months shall be provided.
2015 Pierce Arrow XT type one, tank compacity of 500 gallons and a 2000 gpm pump.
Engine 7591 & 7592
2005 Pierce Arrow XT type one, tank capacity of 500 gallons and a 2000 gpm pump.
2009 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Platform Ladder Truck Tank capacity of 275 gallons and a 2000 gpm pump.
1989 Westmark International 4X4 Model 4800 w/ a 1991 Hesey 16 bay trailer.
2008 Max Force 9 International 4X4 Type 2 Tank capacity of 500 gallons and a 500 gpm pump.
2001 International 2X4 Type 2 Tank capacity of 500 gallons and a 500 gpm pump.
1996 International Model 15 2X4 Type 3 Tank capacity of 500 gallons and a 500 gpm pump.
2000 HME 2X4 Type 2 USAR Type 3 Tank capacity of 800 gallons and a 1500 gpm pump.
2000 4x4 Ambulance
1929 Ford Model "AA"
Purchased by the Atascadero Firefighters Association in 1991 from Oklahoma City. The Model A is used in association sponsored events and parades.
Fire Station One, located at the corner of Lewis Avenue and Traffic Way, was built in 1952 and has undergone several alterations to accommodate the increase in personnel.
6005 Lewis Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422. 805 461-5070. Fax 466-2907
Fire Station Two, is located just south of the Santa Rosa off ramp on the frontage road. Station Two was built in 1986 and was modified in 2009 when it became the home for Truck 7545.
9801 West Front Atascadero, CA 93422. 805 461-5070. Fax 461-5091
Welcome to the Offical website of the Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Our website is designed to provide you information about our department, our mission, programs and events. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Our mission is to provide professional emergency service and exceptional care to our community while working efficiently and effectively with the resources provided.
The San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council notified the Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services that it was unsuccessful in obtaining grant funds to continue with the hazard reduction “chipping program” for 2016.
Although this year is expected to bring more rainfall to our area with the El Nino weather pattern, we still have suffered from an unprecedented 4 year drought. The Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services are encouraging residents to remain diligent in the removal of vegetative growth to decrease the fire probability and potential fire growth. The goal is to reduce the ladder fuels and highly combustible brush along with following the city’s weed abatement program. In the absence of the Chipping Program the Department is reminding residents to utilize the green waste recycling or the Fire Hazard Reduction Burning Program. When utilizing the Fire Hazard Reduction Burning Program, please be sure you maintain compliance with the burning regulations. Failure to follow the burning regulations will result in a citation and is subject to penalty under the City of Atascadero Municipal Code. To find out more about burn season please CLICK HERE.
Wildland Fire Safety Checklist to help residents in preparing for Wildfire. The 2015 Fire Season was catastrophic throughout California, overwhelming fire resources and causing significant property loss. To protect lives and property for the upcoming fire seasons it is paramount that residents are staying prepared and creating Defensible Space around their homes. For more information visit www.wildlandfireRSG.org/Resident and download your personal Ready, Set Go Action Plan today.
The Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services appreciate your continued support and participation in our efforts towards making the Community Wildland Fire Safe and Prepared.
WILDLAND FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST
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