Firefighters Kick-Off Annual Toy Drive

The Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters are once again hosting their annual Toys for Tots holiday toy drive in hopes of making the season a bit brighter for local children.

“We look forward to this event every year,” said Firefighter Kyle Carranza, who is coordinating this year’s toy drive. “It’s a simple gesture, but it can make such a difference for these kids. We hope that partnering with Toys for Tots will allow us to reach even more children this Christmas.”

Donations of new, unwrapped toys are being accepted now through Monday, December 21, 2015, at any of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s fire stations: 


Home Safety for the Holidays

Season’s greetings! Thanksgiving is here and the holidays are upon us. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District wishes you and your family a happy and safe holiday season and encourages you to include safety in your festivities and traditions. Here is a list of pages with safety tips to help keep your holidays merry and bright:


Fire District Recognizes Recent Promotions

This week, the Fire District held a Badge Ceremony to recognize the following individuals (L to R):
Brian Salameh, received his FF/PM badge having completed probation
Brian Schmid, promoted to Engineer
Trever Krueger, promoted to Captain
Nick Brandow, promoted to Captain
Dave McQuead, promoted to Battalion Chief/Training Officer
Fred Cox, promoted to Deputy Chief
Not pictured: Nick Chapin, promoted to Engineer

Congratulations to all!


Fire District to Host Community Events

The Fire District would like to invite the community to join us for two upcoming events planned at our stations. The first will be a Fire Prevention Trick-or-Treat Open House on Saturday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Station 1 in Rancho Santa Fe. Join us for fire station tours, see fire apparatus, get fire prevention tips, learn hands-only CPR, trick-or-treat around the station and more! There will also be a costume contest for the kids!

The second event is our annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House. This year, the event will be held on Sunday, November 8, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Station 2 in 4S Ranch. Firefighters will be on hand to serve pancakes, orange juice, and coffee for a requested donation of $5 for adults or $3 for kids. In addition to breakfast, the open house will include station tours, photos with the firefighters, fire engine and ambulance displays, spray a fire hose with a firefighter, hands-only CPR, jump houses, T-shirt sales, and much, much more.

We hope to see you there!


Water Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

Summer is almost here and with it comes the fun of outdoor activities. When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or beach, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet, drownings are the leading cause of injury and death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.

Whether swimming, boating, bathing, or simply spending time near water, it takes just a few seconds for an accident to happen, usually when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse of supervision. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water and drowning is usually quick and silent. They will lose consciousness two minutes after submersion, with irreversible brain damage occurring within four to six minutes.

Fortunately, drownings and near drownings are preventable. Learn what you can do to help keep everyone safe on our Water Safety page and news release.


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 2014-01A.

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:


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.

RSFFPD, Del Mar Fire Department, Encinitas Fire Department, and Solana Beach Fire Department, along with ambulance service provider, American Medical Response, have engaged in an aggressive "hands-only " CPR campaign to increase survival rates within our communities and are already seeing positive results. The agencies are excited to announce that in the year 2014 they had a survival rate of 16% as verified by the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), a nationally recognized database dedicated to tracking SCA outcomes. So far this year the agencies have seen 36% of their CPR patients survive to be discharged home.

To schedule a Hands-Only CPR training session for your group, please contact our public education coordinator at 858-756-6008.


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.


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.