A Fire Engine is housed at all seven Fire stations around the City of Escondido. The Fire Engine serves as the crux to the Fire Department’s daily operations playing a pivotal role in mitigating a multitude of emergencies around the City. The Fire Engine is staffed with a Fire Captain, Fire Engineer, and Firefighter-Paramedic who are all highly trained to perform life-saving skills. This crew of three will respond to all emergencies including structure fires, wildland fires, fire alarms, hazardous materials incidents, carbon monoxide detector activations, traffic accidents, medical-aids, and many more.
The Escondido Fire Department has Fire Engines manufactured from KME and Pierce with the newest engines being a 2013 Pierce at Fire Station one and seven. There are also four additional reserve Fire Engines that will be utilized while a front-line Fire Engine is being repaired or maintained by the City’s mechanics. What differentiates a Fire Engine from a Fire Truck is the Fire Engine’s water-carrying and pumping ability. The Fire Engine holds 500 gallons of water which can be pumped through various sizes of fire hose. When a Fire Engine is connected to a fire hydrant the specialized pump can move over 1,500 gallons per minute! In addition to hose the Fire Engine carries ladders, power tools, rescue rope, gas detectors, and a full complement of advanced life support medical equipment. Having a Fire Engine at each Fire Station ensures a paramedic will arrive in minutes of a 911 call to start life-saving treatment in the event an ambulance responds from a further location.