The Monterey County Regional Fire District was formed in 1934 on a vote of 87 citizens in favor and 42 opposed. The original boundaries surrounded the City of Salinas and ran down River Road to Pine Canyon. Over the years, annexations into the District have increased its service area to approximately 400 square miles (click here to see map) with a population of about 40,000 residents. A five-member Board of Directors governs the Fire District. The Board of Supervisors appoints our directors. The District operates as an independent governmental entity under the California Health and Safety Code, Section 13800.
The Administrative office is located at 19900 Portola Drive in the Toro Park area. The Fire Chief, the Chief Officers, and the Deputy Fire Marshal, our Administrative Officer, Administrative Assistant, and Financial Analyst are located there.
The Fire District staffs six fire stations. The 62 full-time employees are supported by 15 volunteer firefighters.
Since the early 1980's, the Monterey County Regional Fire District has contracted with the City of Salinas to provide fire and emergency medical services to approximately 35 square miles of the northern corner of the district. The communities of Bolsa Knolls and Boronda and the area along Old Stage Road to and including Williams Road are included in the "Contract Area."
Monterey County Regional Fire District responds to structure, wildland, vehicle, and other types of fires that occur in the District. Public service calls, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents and hazardous material responses are also part of the jobs we do. We provide ambulance service to the Carmel Valley Region as allowed by the Health & Safety code 1797.201.
All of our engines carry a full complement of ALS medical and rescue equipment. This equipment includes the "Jaws of Life" and a semi-automatic defibrillator, which is used to attempt to shock the heart back into a proper beating rhythm. All our personnel are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or Paramedics who can provide advanced medical skills such as IV’s, airway management, and medication administration.
The Monterey County Regional Fire District is part of the Monterey County Fire Service Mutual Aid system, and we provide and receive assistance when emergency situations cannot be handled by our resources. For example, our normal response to a structure fire includes the three closest on-duty engines, a chief officer and (2) water tenders. Off-duty personnel and/or volunteers also respond. If help from our neighboring departments is needed, fire engines from agencies closest to the incident will be dispatched.
We operate by Standard Operating Procedures and Emergency Operations Plans. For example, we worked with the Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, County Parks, the Emergency Medical Services Agency, County Office of Emergency Services and SCRAMP in formalizing an Emergency Operations Plan for the Laguna Seca Recreation Area. That plan formalizes in writing, what these agencies will do in terms of covering major events at Laguna Seca from an emergency service standpoint.
During a race event, Monterey County Regional Fire District utilizes off-duty and volunteer firefighters to staff a reserve engine and one or two wildland engines during an event. In essence, we open up a seventh station for that event so we can maintain the Toro and Laureles crews in their stations available for the normal responses they would have to handle. The event sponsor pays for the personnel and equipment assigned to the event.