Operations / EMS

The Operations Division, also referred to as Fire Suppression, is 1 of 4 divisions within the Poway Fire Department. The Operations Division provides the community with an all-risk response 24/7. Fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, special assistance, and public service are provided by a highly-trained, well-prepared workforce of 51 first responders. Three Duty Battalion Chiefs and 48 firefighters and paramedics are assigned to the Operations Division. Firefighters and paramedics are divided into 3 shifts working a rotational schedule. Utilizing a constant staffing philosophy, each shift consists of 17 personnel ready to respond and provide emergency and non-emergency services at any time of day.

Fire Stations

Personnel respond from 3 strategically located fire stations:
  • Station 1 - 13050 Community Road
  • Station 2 - 16912 Westling Court
  • Station 3 - 14322 Pomerado Road


Equipment includes 3 paramedic engines, 2 paramedic ambulances, 1 paramedic ladder truck, and 1 command vehicle. The ladder truck and engine companies are staffed with a fire captain, a fire engineer, and a firefighter / paramedic. Ambulances are staffed with 2 firefighters / paramedics. Personnel assigned to the engine companies at Fire Station 1 and Fire Station 2 cross-staff ICS-Type III wildland engines for response to vegetation fires. Personnel assigned at at Fire Station 2 also cross-staff an engine assigned by California's Office of Emergency Services. One Duty Battalion Chief is assigned per shift. Dispatch services are provided via contract by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Battalion Chief's Responsibilities

The Operations Division is managed by the Battalion Chief - Operations and EMS, one of three Poway Fire Department Duty Battalion Chiefs. The Battalion Chief - Operations and EMS prepares and manages assigned budget areas, performs specialized administrative projects, represents the department's operational interests with regional fire service agencies, and responds to emergency incidents performing incident management.