Fire District Seeks Community Feedback
Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is updating our strategic plan to guide the District over the next five years. Input from stakeholders is very important to that process and we earnestly solicit it.
Even if you have not personally received services from us, but especially if you have, we will greatly appreciate you completing a brief online survey to share your perceptions and opinions of our staff and services. We also welcome any suggestions you have for us to enhance the value we bring to your community.
We anticipate it will only take a few minutes of your time to complete but it will give us information invaluable to our planning efforts. If someone does not have internet access but wishes to participate, can call 858-756-5971 during normal business hours. Please complete the survey as soon as possible and no later than April 10.
We greatly appreciate your help! Thank you!
- James Ashcraft, President, Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District Board of Directors
Residential Structure Fire in Del Dios
On Saturday, March 14, at 8:36 pm, firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and Escondido Fire Department responded to the report of a residential structure fire in the 20000 block of Date Lane in the community of Del Dios. Flames were visible from a distance as firefighters approached the scene and upon arrival they found one residential structure involved. Crews quickly went to work to put the fire out.
One resident was home at the time and was able to safely evacuate the home. It was reported earlier that another occupant may have been inside, but a secondary search confirmed there was no one else in the house. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Annual Boot a Success!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the annual Burn Institute Boot Drive on Wednesday, March 4. You helped us raise a lot of money to help fund burn prevention programs and survivor support services, including Camp Beyond the Scars for children who have survived burns.
“We look forward to this event every year. It’s a great chance for us to interact with members of the community and raise funds for a very important cause. It also creates a friendly competition among participating fire agencies to see who can raise the most money.”
- Nathan Fritchle, Firefighter and Boot Drive Coordinator for RSFFPD/RSFFA
When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every second counts. The longer a patient goes without Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the less likely their chance of survival. Unfortunately, that is what happens all too often. According to the American Heart Association, 70% of Americans feel helpless during emergency situations and hesitate to act.
To help ease fears and increase the chances of patients getting the assistance they need, the AHA has developed Hands-Only CPR. Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps: 1. Call 9-1-1 and 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Learn more on our Hands-Only CPR page. You can also download the Hands-Only CPR app from both Google and iTunes. To schedule a Hands-Only CPR training session for your group, please contact our public education coordinator at 858-756-6008.
Engineer Bispham Retires
Congratulations to Engineer David Bispham on his retirement! Thank you for your 24 years of service. We'll miss you!
In our continued effort to increases the survival rate of patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, along with emergency services agencies throughout San Diego County, is now a participating agency on PulsePoint. PulsePoint is an app that works to increase SCA survival rates by notifying CPR-trained users if someone nearby is in need of assistance. Users can then go to that person's aid until paramedics arrive.
Wildfire: Are You Prepared?
Wildfires are a constant threat for those of us living in Southern California, especially within wildland-urban interface areas like Rancho Santa Fe and its surrounding communities. The Fire Protection District employs a hazard abatement inspector who surveys properties for fire hazards and mails violation notices to property owners not in compliance with District Ordinance 2004-02 and 2014-01.
Residents within the RSFFPD service area should begin to receive a letter reminding them of the local hazard abatement requirements. Learn more about how you can safeguard not only your home, but your entire community, with the following resources:
In an effort to protect homes from a future devastating wildland fire such as the ones experienced in 2003 and 2007, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) does not allow certain types of trees, plants, or shrubs to be planted within certain distances of structures. The fire district has created a booklet that contains valuable information pertaining to both desirable and undesirable trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, roadway clearances, and palm trees. The goal is to educate the public on RSFFPD's ordinances regarding landscaping so they can increase the the chances of their home surviving a wildfire. Please feel free to download a PDF copy or stop by one of our fire stations and pick one up!
Just a reminder that our Administrative Offices, which were once housed at Station 1, are now located in the Plaza at the entrance to the community of Cielo, across Calle Ambiente from Station 4. The new location is more centrally located to all areas of the district and will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers. Services offered included plan submissions, plan checks, car seat installations, accounts payable, and other administrative or prevention matters.