Engineer Bispham Retires

Congratulations to Engineer David Bispham on his retirement! Thank you for your 24 years of service. We'll miss you!

 

Lenovo Recalls Computer Cords

Lenovo is recalling some of their AC power cords because they can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
“This recall involves Lenovo's LS-15 AC power cord manufactured from February 2011 to December 2011. The power cords were distributed with IdeaPad brand B-, G-, S-, U-, V- and Z-series laptop computers and Lenovo brand B-, G- and V-series laptop computers. The recalled power cords are black in color and have the "LS-15" molded mark on the AC adapter end. The manufacture date code in the format REV: 00 YYMM is on a label attached to the cord.”

Complete information can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Lenovo-Recalls-Computer-Power-Cords/ .

 

Toys for Tots

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and Firefighters Association are holding their annual holiday toy drive in hopes of making the season a bit brighter for children through Toys for Tots.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys are being collected now through December 18. Toys may be dropped off at any of our fire stations or our administration office:

Thank you for your generosity and have a very happy holiday season!

 

Upcoming Administration Office Holiday Closures

The Administration Office will be closed on the following days so that our staff can spend the holidays with their families:

As always, our fire stations will be fully staffed on those days. Happy Holidays!

 

NOW ACCEPTING BIDS

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District will receive bids for the design, manufacture, and installation of emergency lighting, radios, and various other equipment in a 2015 Ford Expedition per the specifications as outlined in the bid packet. Bids must be received by the Fire District no later than 3:00 p.m. local time on December 18, 2014. More information can be found on our Business Opporutnities page.

 

Local Utilities and Fire Agencies Finalize Arrangement to Improve Fire Response in North County

Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced this morning that they have reached an agreement to stage a firefighting helicopter on a currently unused pad adjacent to OMWD’s David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant on days of elevated fire risk through the 2014 fire season, improving fire response capacity in North County.

“This partnership will not only benefit our fire district’s mission, but also the mission of all North County fire departments, as this regional helicopter will be available to these agencies when they are impacted by a wildland fire,” said RSFFPD Deputy Chief Mike Gibbs.

More information can be found in the official press release.

Media coverage:

NBC San Diego
News 8

 

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.

 

More information, including links to download the app and steops for installing and setting it up, can be found on our PulsePoint page. Our press release can be read here.

 

Hands-Only CPR

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.

 

District to Implement Nuisance Fire Alarm Fee

Effective August 10, 2014, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District will be imposing fees for nuisance fire alarms for residential and commercial properties. The Nuisance Alarm Ordinance was created and adopted in an effort to protect the safety and welfare of District residents from the adverse impacts caused by false alarms. It is important for property owners to properly maintain their fire alarm system in order to avoid applicable fees.

 

Fire Mitigation Fee Increase

Effective July 1, 2014, the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego has increased the Fire Mitigation Fee to $0.52 per square foot of floor area for buildings. More information can be found in the county ordinance or by contacting the Fire Prevention Bureau at 858-756-5971.

 

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:

 

Plant and Landscape Guide

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!

 

Administrative Offices

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.