Wildfire: Are You Prepared?

Wildfires are a constant threat for those of us living in Southern California, especially within wildland-urban interface areas like Rancho Santa Fe and its surrounding communities. The Fire Protection District employs a hazard abatement inspector who surveys properties for fire hazards and mails violation notices to property owners not in compliance with District Ordinance 2004-02 and 2014-01.

Residents within the RSFFPD service area should begin to receive a letter reminding them of the local hazard abatement requirements. Learn more about how you can safeguard not only your home, but your entire community, with the following resources:

 

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

San Diego County is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 26. Simply drop off unused or expired presciption medication at one of the many drop-off locations countywide. For more information please visit the County's website.

 

Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people in the communities they serve.The goal is for emergency personnel to train members of neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic disaster response skills. CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability for their area.

Learn more about the academy and how you can become a member of CERT here.

 

California Fire Code

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District has adopted the 2013 California Fire Code with amendments which can be found in Ordinance 2014-01. The new ordinance is effective as of January 13, 2014 and can be viewed here. Additional information regarding our ordinances can be found on the Ordinances and Standards page.

 

Plant and Landscape Guide

In an effort to protect homes from a future devastating wildland fire such as the ones experienced in 2003 and 2007, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) does not allow certain types of trees, plants, or shrubs to be planted within certain distances of structures. The fire district has created a booklet that contains valuable information pertaining to both desirable and undesirable trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, roadway clearances, and palm trees. The goal is to educate the public on RSFFPD's ordinances regarding landscaping so they can increase the the chances of their home surviving a wildfire. Please feel free to download a PDF copy or stop by one of our fire stations and pick one up!

 

Life Safety System Maintenance

Smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers are important tools in keeping families safe during a house fire. The Fire District now has a webpage and printed brochure to help community members understand their home fire protection system, including home fire sprinklers, and the proper way to maintain it. The website can be found at http://www.rsf-fire.org/sprinklers/index.html while printed brochures are located at each of our fire stations and administration office.

 

Hands-Only CPR

When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every second counts. The longer a patient goes without Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), the less likely their chance of survival.  Unfortunately, that is what happens all too often. According to the American Heart Association, 70% of Americans feel helpless during emergency situations and hesitate to act.


To help ease fears and increase the chances of patients getting the assistance they need, the AHA has developed Hands-Only CPR. Hands-Only CPR involves two simple steps: 1. Call 9-1-1 and 2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Learn more on our Hands-Only CPR page. You can also download the Hands-Only CPR app from both Google and iTunes.

 

Administrative Offices

Just a reminder that our Administrative Offices, which were once housed at Station 1, are now located in the Plaza at the entrance to the community of Cielo, across Calle Ambiente from Station 4. The new location is more centrally located to all areas of the district and will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers. Services offered included plan submissions, plan checks, car seat installations, accounts payable, and other administrative or prevention matters.