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Fire Operations

Fire Operations is the largest division within the City of Carlsbad Fire Department and is responsible for fire suppression, rescue, Emergency Medical Service delivery and disaster mitigation.

The Operations Division is lead by a Division Chief, with three Shift Battalion Chiefs leading A, B and C platoons, a Training Battalion Chief who supervises training and safety, and an EMS Manager overseeing the medical portion of emergency responses. 25 personnel make up each shift, who are housed within six fire stations located throughout the city.  Ranks consist of captains, engineers and firefighter/paramedics working an alternating 24-hour shift schedule.

Fire Operations personnel are a highly trained, professional workforce that annually respond to more than 10,000 calls for service.

The City of Carlsbad maintains a fleet of emergency vehicles that respond to emergency incidents.  In addition to the front-line apparatus noted below, the city has reserve apparatus which can immediately be placed in service in the event additional staffing is needed or when front-line apparatus experience mechanical issues.

  • 5 fire engines (2 reserve)
  • 1 ladder truck
  • 2 brush engines
  • 3 paramedic ambulances (2 reserve)
  • 3 chief command vehicles (1 reserve)
  • 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit

Request an incident report

All records (except billing records) can be obtained by sending your written request with payment to:
City of Carlsbad
Fire Administration
Attn: Records
2560 Orion Way
Carlsbad, CA 92010

Fire Incident reports are public records and can be requested by the general public. The fee for incident reports is $10, cash or check only (payable to the City of Carlsbad). There is a processing time of up to 14 days. You will be notified when the report is ready, and it can be picked-up or mailed.  

If you have any questions please contact Fire Administration 760-931-2141.