Water & Fire Wise Workshop

Join us to celebrate the newly completed fire-wise and water-smart garden at Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District’s Station 2 on July 30 from 9:00-11:00 am. Guests can learn steps to make their properties better prepred for fire, as well as how to maximize water use efficiency. A brief presentation from landscape professionals and the fire district’s urban forester will begin at 9:30 a.m. Topics to be discussed include landscape zones and hydration, plant selection and installation, and landscape maintenance. The mini-workshop will be followed by a tour of the fire station and demonstration garden, and experts will be on hand to address questions or concerns.



The garden, created with the assistance of Olivenhain Municipal Water District, was installed by Blue Skies Landscape Maintenance.

 

Fire Prevention Fee Schedule

 

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District has adopted a fee schedule which lists the district's updated fees for services provided to customers. PLEASE NOTE: A new fee schedule went into effect July 1, 2016:

Fee Schedule
Ordinance 2016-01

 

Hoverboard Recall

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced that ten companies are recalling over 500,000 self-balancing scooters, or hoverboards, due to fire and burn hazards. Learn more about the recall and what steps consumers should take on their website. (Photo courtesy of the USCPSC.)

 

Border Fire Update

As of June 30, 2016, CAL Fire has reported that the Border Fire is 100% contained at 7,609 acres. A total of 200 fire engines, 33 water tenders, 19 helicopters, 4 air tankers, 40 hand crews, and 7 dozers were deployed to this incident over the past couple weeks. Among the 1,604 firefighters that were dedicated to this incident was Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District's brush engine 2662, water tender 2655 and the district-assigned state resource OES engine 336. We're happy to report that our crews have made it home safely and extend our gratitude to their families for the sacrifice they make every day in order to protect the lives and property of others!

This is a good reminder that fire season is year around in San Diego. Always be prepared and take the proper steps to reduce the fire hazards around your home!

 

SRA Fee

In 2011 the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection voted to adopt regulations to implement an annual fee mandated by the California Legislature. The California Board of Equalization, who is invoicing the bill, has begun sending out this year's notices. The State Responsibility Area (SRA) bill, which will be separate from your property tax bill, will be used for fire prevention services and programs provided by the state, not local agencies. For more information, please visit our SRA Fire Prevention Fee page. In addition, the following links may be helpful:

 

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.