Fire Chief interview: FIRE CHIEF JAVIER MAINAR San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

Firehouse: Why is it that the citizens of San Diego never seem to have backed legislation, bond issues or votes for more funding for fire protection in either the city or county? Mainar: San Diegans have historically been fiscally conservative in...


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Firehouse: With a county fire department in its infancy, how will the city department work with county units and other nearby fire departments?

Mainar: There are over 50 fire agencies in San Diego County. The county’s efforts to establish a fire department is really a consolidation of several of the smaller departments under one leadership and funding umbrella. This will ultimately reduce the number of independent agencies and provide cost efficiencies. While automatic and mutual aid agreements are well established in our region, area fire chiefs have been hard at work improving coordination among all of our response agencies.

One significant step forward was the connecting, in real time, of all of our dispatch centers. This has let us drop our jurisdictional boundaries and dispatch one another’s resources to ensure the closest unit is always selected for the response. We are also developing common operational procedures and using technology to ensure common operating pictures are provided to all responder agencies. n