The largest Division within the Chula Vista Fire Department is
Suppression (Operations) Division. It is responsible for emergency
medical services (EMS), fire suppression, rescue, hazardous conditions,
and all other emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
The Operations Division is responsible for ensuring that Chula
Vista citizens are served through an efficient and effective system
of services designed to protect life, environment, and property.
Part of this system includes staffing and maintaining nine fire
stations located in all of the city's major regions.
More than seventy-five percent of the calls for service are responses
to medical emergencies. Firefighting related calls equal ten percent
of the overall responses. The remaining calls range from hazardous
material responses, to rescues, and public assist requests. (Annual
The caring professionals who staff Chula Vista's Fire Stations
respond to calls for service on a variety of automotive fire apparatus.
The most common piece of equipment is a triple combination engine.
This is composed of a water pump, a water tank, and a full complement
of hoses. The second is the aerial ladder specializing in rescue
and ventilation operations. The third most seen is the command vehicles
for the department chiefs. Our department also manages two pieces
of speciality equipment. Our wildland brush apparatus responds to
brush fires within the city limits and beyond and our heavy rescue / light &
air apparatus that is capable of doing both support operations
and managing entensive rescue operations.
The Fire Suppression element of the Operations Division is divided
into three platoons, A, B, & C Shifts. These Shifts are supervised
by Battalion Chiefs who report directly to a Deputy Chief. The Fire
Department personnel assigned to these shifts consist of Fire Captains,
Fire Engineers, and Firefighters. These people are a highly professional,
trained force of men and and women who respond to approximately
13000+ calls-for-service annually.