LOCAL FD SERIES: The Ventura County Fire Department

Welcome to our Sunday morning blogs, named the "Local FD Series".  This series will showcase local area fire departments.  We hope to provide fire department specific knowledge which may be used during entry level firefighter interviews.  This week, the largest fire department in Ventura County,

                                      The Ventura County Fire Protection District

The County of Ventura sits north of Los Angeles and south of Santa Barbara, spanning approximately 848 square miles and containing roughly 500,000 residents.  The County created its own special district, by election in 1928 and formed the Ventura County Fire Department.  

The Fire Department now serves the county unincorporated areas and 6 of the county’s cities such as Ojai, Port Hueneme, Moorpark, Camarillo, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks by providing fire protection, medical aid, rescue, hazardous materials response and a variety of other services to the public with a call volume of over 35,000 per year.  Its mission is to anticipate and respond to the dynamic public safety needs of a diverse community while delivering the highest level of public service through a team effort.

The Department has 32 fire stations (11 of which provide paramedic services) housing fire engines, squads, trucks and specialized apparatus.  All companies are staffed with personnel trained to provide the highest level of firefighting and emergency medical care to the citizens of Ventura County.  Personnel are also cross-trained in numerous other disciplines including Land and Water Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Hazardous Material Response and Auto Extrication during traffic accidents, while performing as regional responders with adjacent agencies under mutual and auto-aid agreements. 

Area response is divided amongst each battalion:

B1:  Oxnard Plains and Camarillo

B2:  Ojai and the West County

B3:  The Conejo area to include Newbury Park and Thousand Oaks

B4:  Simi Valley and Moorpark

B5:  Coastal north of the Ventura County line to the Santa Clara River and east along the river to the LA County line

Ventura County Fire Department faces the unique challenge of the vast wildland-urban interface areas within its hundreds of miles of borders.  This extended interface has a significant influence on response, mitigation and resource allocation. 

As a result, the Department is a leader in the education and utilization of the California Incident Command Certification System (CICCS), training its personnel to highest level while meeting the standards of the National Wildland Coordinating Group (NWCG) to battle wildfires in its urban interface.  The Department utilizes its highly trained members to battle wildfires locally and serve nationally under request as mutual aid.  Ventura County Fire Department proudly protects its citizens.

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