Pala Fire Department

The Pala Fire Department was established in 1978 with two firefighters working 40 hours a week and staffing a 300-gallon quick attack unit. In 1980, a volunteer program was formed, eventually evolving into a full-time fire department operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Pala Fire TruckToday, there are 30 full-time suppression personnel (Chief, Assistant Chief, Battalion Chief, Six Captains, Six Engineers and 15 firefighters) and 15 reserve firefighters. The department's equipment consists of a 100-foot Ladder Truck, Type One Structure Engine, and a Type Three Brush Engine, two Water Tenders, three Chief vehicles and one utility pickup.

As Tribal members return to the reservation and the rapid construction of new homes increases, so does the fire department's responsibility. Professionalism is of the utmost importance for the Pala Fire Department. The department maintains California State Fire Marshal certification status from the firefighter to the Chief Officer. The education of the department is extended to the public by means of lectures, school programs, door-to-door notices and the newly developed newsletter.

The Pala Fire Department covers an area of 20-1/2 square miles, consisting of 13,315 acres and a population of 650 people. The average call volume is around 600 to 700 calls per year. The fire department has established mutual and automatic aid agreements with the surrounding fire departments such as California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, North County Fire, Rincon Reservation Fire Department, Pechanga Fire Department and Valley Center Fire Protection District.

In 2008, the Pala Fire Department completed construction of a $9 million Fire Station facility including a two-story building housing administration, sleeping quarters and six bay garages for a total of 23,000 square feet. There is also a training classroom that can be utilized as an Emergency Operation Center during an unexpected event, and a four-story Training Tower with live fire burn rooms. The Pala Fire Department credits the support of the Tribal Community and Tribal Councils for its success.

Upcoming Events
Haunted House at Pala Youth Center Oct 31, 2014 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM — Pala Youth Center
One-pitch co-ed softball tournament, home run derby and kids jog-a-thon fundraiser at Pala’s Jim Banks Sports Park Nov 02, 2014 12:00 AM — Jim Banks Sports Park
6th Annual Veterans Day Luncheon Nov 06, 2014 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Veterans Day Celebration Nov 11, 2014 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM — Pala Admin Building
Fallbrook Food Pantry’s Thanksgiving 5k Walk/Run to Feed the Hungry Nov 15, 2014 08:30 AM - 11:00 AM — Fallbrook Food Pantry
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