The mission of the Valley Center Fire Protection District
is to provide exceptional All-risk fire, emergency medical,
and community risk reduction services critical to public safety,
health, and the preservation of life and property.
Our values are: Integrity, Professionalism, Loyalty, Pride,
Exceptional Service, and Financial Responsibility.
District History and Organization
The Valley Center Fire Protection District was formed by a
majority vote of the people in 1982. We have a 5 member elected
Board of Directors who governs the District. The Directors
are elected, volunteer members of the community and the VCFPD.
employs a Fire Chief, 2 Division Chiefs, six Captains and
six Engineers. We average 25-30 Firefighters who are District
employees making a basic minimum wage while in training. We
consider all the Firefighters to be career employees, not
volunteers. We also utilize an Admin Assistant and a part-time
has two fire stations, and each station is staffed with one
Fire Captain, one Fire Engineer, two Firefighter Paramedics,
and one Firefighter EMT daily. We own four Type 1 Fire Engines,
one Type 6 Squad, and house an OES Water Tender.
VCFPD also contracts with the County of San Diego for funding
of a Paramedic ambulance transport service provided by Mercy
Ambulance Transportation Inc. This is an exclusive operating
area which covers most of Northeast unincorporated County
VC Fire Protection District is 84.5 sq. miles. We serve a
population of over 23,000 people. We respond to approximately
1,300 calls a year. Our average response time has increased
due to traffic concerns to 9 minutes on average. Within the
VCFPD service area is 1 CAL FIRE staffed station and 1 San
Pasqual Reservation Fire Department station. Just outside
(1/2 mile) the VCFPD service area is Rincon Reservation Fire
Most of the terrain in the District is rugged, offering steep
hillsides and deep canyons.