Welcome to the Escondido Fire Department! We appreciate you taking the time to view our website and we hope you find the information valuable. This website has been designed to help you, whether you wish to learn more about our department and the way it operates or how to prevent fires and protect yourself in a variety of life and property-threatening situations.

As the Fire Chief, I am honored to serve and represent the men and women who respond to emergencies, conduct inspections, review development plans, prepare for emergencies and disasters, and provide administrative support. We have an amazing team of trained and educated professionals who work together daily to meet the needs of our community.

Our mission is to serve the public and safeguard the community from the impact of fire, medical, and environmental emergencies through education, emergency services, and enforcement. The Escondido Fire Department has four core values: duty, honor, courage, and pride. We are so passionate about our values that they are printed on the logo on our fire apparatus doors and embedded in the lobby floor of our newest fire stations. We do this as a constant reminder of who we are and what we collectively embrace as our purpose. We believe that serving the citizens of Escondido and the Rincon del Diablo Fire Protection District is an honor and we hold ourselves to the highest standards.

We acknowledge that courage goes beyond heading into burning buildings while others are running out; it's the fortitude to do the right thing, always. We take pride in our professionalism, whether we're utilizing our extensive training or offering a simple gesture of comfort to those we serve. We understand that our service is our duty to our community and that we carry it out in the finest tradition of the fire service.

I want to encourage you to visit your neighborhood fire station and get to know your first responders so you can see their commitment to protect you and your property. Every day our firefighters, paramedics, and dispatchers impress me with their operational competence and commitment to customer service. I am also amazed by all of our support personnel without whom, response by our front line firefighters and paramedics would be nearly impossible.

Again, thank you for viewing our website and allowing us to serve your needs.

Rick Vogt, Fire Chief