The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District was formed on October 14, 1946 under an order adopted by the County Board of Supervisors. At the time, the Fire District was comprised of one Chief and 15 volunteer suppression personnel who protected an estimated 3,800 residents.
Today, the Fire District now spans approximately 38-square miles and protects over 27,000 citizens. What was once an all-volunteer force operating out of a single fire station is now a full-time fire protection agency comprised of one Chief, one Battalion Chief/Training Officer, three Battalion Chiefs, 39 paid fire suppression positions, four fire prevention positions and three administrative positions.Through our Cooperative Efforts Agreement with Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach Fire Departments, we also benefit from the assistance of three Deputy Chiefs.
The Fire District is governed by a five-person elected Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for establishing policies, guidelines and providing direction for Fire District staff. Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
The Fire District currently operates out of four full-time fire stations serving communities surrounding and within Rancho Santa Fe, 4S-Ranch and Fairbanks Ranch Cielo and The Crosby.