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Our Services


The San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) is a full-service department responsive to the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Fire Protection District, which covers an area of 33 square miles and a population of approximately 95,000 residents.

The Department protects an extremely diverse community consisting of large areas of residential development, commercial/retail centers, office buildings, industrial parks and educational centers such as California State University San Marcos and Palomar Community College. In addition, the San Marcos Fire Department protects and manages several thousand acres of wildland and wildland urban interface lands.

With an ISO Rating 2, San Marcos Fire Department provides a variety of top-notch first responder services to the community, including:

  • Emergency ServicesFire suppression
  • Rescue
  • Emergency medical services
  • Fire prevention services
  • Vegetation management
  • Public education
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Trauma support

Emergency Resources

Fire Station 4The Fire Department currently has four fire stations and a regional emergency services training facility. The Department operates the following emergency resources on a daily basis:

  • 4 – Fire Stations 
  • 4 – Paramedic assessment engine companies
  • 1  – Paramedic assessment truck company
  • 5 – Paramedic transport ambulances (24 hour units)
  • 1  – Shift Battalion Chief
  • 1  – On-call duty Chief

Note: The Department also cross-staffs three wildland fire engines and a State of California/Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wildland fire engine.

SMFD Organization 

Emergency Services

The Department is organized into three divisions:

  • Administrative: Finance, human resources, professional standards, information management, fleet and facilities support, grants, special programs and EMS billing.
  • Emergency Services: Incident response operations, training and safety, emergency medical services, emergency preparedness, communications and special operations.
  • Fire Prevention: Plan review, business inspections, public education, vegetation management, fire investigation, community programs, water supply and pre-fire planning.
San Marcos Fire Department Fire Chief

1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069

If there is a Fire, Medical or
Law Enforcement Emergency, DIAL 9-1-1.

Dan Barron
(760) 744-1050, ext. 3410