The Fire Department is best known for its traditional roles in fire suppression and emergency medical services. Equally important, however, are its responsibilities in the areas of fire prevention, life safety inspections, community education, and emergency preparedness.
Fire Department personnel also provide light and medium maintenance for their vehicles, equipment, buildings, and computers.
The Fire Department exists to prepare the community to prevent or manage the most likely emergencies, to mitigate those that cannot be prevented, and to protect those they serve from the adverse effects of all hazards.
The delivery of paramedic services is an integral part of the Fire Department mission. While all San Marino firefighters are certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs), most are also licensed paramedics, which requires significant additional skill and education.
The paramedics provide ambulance service and advanced life support using Standing Field Treatment Protocols (SFTPs). Only about 10% of the cities in Los Angeles County employ paramedics with the extensive training and experience required to use SFTP’s.
Fire Code Enforcement Program
One effective measure for reducing the risk of loss of life and property to fires is an aggressive fire code enforcement program.
Firefighters inspect every commercial occupancy and school at least once each year. In addition, they review all commercial and large residential building plans for adequacy of fire detection and suppression systems. Special attention is focused on the homes located in the Enhanced Fire Protection Zone northwest of Lacy Park.
Firefighters inspect each property twice a year to counsel homeowners on proper vegetation control and fire safety practices. Firefighters also provide home safety surveys to help residents identify fire and life safety hazards in their homes.