Fire Department

The Vista Fire Department serves the residents of the City of Vista and the Vista Fire Protection District. The Fire Department is a full service department, providing services ranging from fire prevention and suppression, to emergency medical services, to technical rescue and hazardous materials mitigation. Operating from six strategically located fire stations in Vista, the Department provides the highest quality of service to both residents and visitors, responding to over 10,000 calls last year. The Vista Fire Department is one of the busiest in San Diego's North County. All six stations are sites for the Safely Surrendered Baby Program

City/District Statistics

  • Land Area Served: 36.5 sq. miles (City: 19 miles and District: 17.5 miles)
  • Vista population - 115,569

State Fire Prevention Fee (SRA)

The State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Benefit Fee was enacted by the Sate of California in July 2011.



The Fire Administration Division provides management of personnel issues, budgeting, planning, directing, and team building for the Vista Fire Department. Fire Administration sets and reviews department policy and provides administrative support to all Fire divisions. The Administrative Division also oversees and administers the contract with the Vista Fire Protection District and provides fire and emergency medical services support to the District Board, advising them on policy and procedures.


Public Safety/Fire Protection is provided by the Vista Fire Department. Services include: fire fighting, rescue, hazardous materials incident responses; and emergency medical services at the EMT and Paramedic level, with emergency transport. Additional services include fire personnel training and community disaster preparedness. Fire prevention activities include inspection, code compliance, community protection planning, public education for fire survival and abatement of weed hazards.


The Training division of the Fire Department coordinates all aspects of employee training, This ranges from the coordination and delivery of new hire academies to developing innovative ways to train on ever-changing technical and manipulative subjects. One key aspect of the Training division is keeping the department current with the local, state, and federally mandated training requirements. To meet these mandated training requirements and keep skills honed, companies are expected to train a minimum of two hours each shift. The Training division also helps to maintain and improve skill and knowledge levels, and prepare employees for promotional advancement.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The EMS Division provides basic and advanced life support to the citizens of Vista and the Vista Fire Protection District. EMS services operate under the authority of San Diego County EMS, California State EMS and Tri-City Medical Center. Field stabilization of either the trauma or medical patient is followed by a fire ambulance transport to an appropriate hospital emergency room. This budget unit is partially supported by revenue generated by ambulance transportation fees.

Fire Prevention

The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for reducing the community's risk of fire and preventable injuries and is the front line in maintaining community safety. The Division works closely with residents, businesses and community groups to identify hazards, mitigate potential loss, and educate community members. A Deputy Chief serves as the Fire Marshal for the City of Vista and for the Vista Fire Protection District, and oversees the Division. The three primary functions of the division are:

Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness for the City of Vista is coordinated through the Fire Department, but involves all city staff in the planning, preparation, and mitigation of the effects of any major emergency or regional disaster. This budget unit includes the funding of supplies and equipment for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the city's share of the funding for the regional Hazardous Materials incident Response Team (HIRT), and the training of city staff in disaster management and recovery.