Julian Volunteer Fire Company and Lake Cuyamaca Fire Company were formed in 1972, after the Laguna Wildfire in San Diego County’s backcountry burned 175,425 acres, 382 structures and killed 8 people. With strong leadership and dedicated volunteer firefighters these two fire companies protected a huge geographic area for over a decade. In 1984, property owners voted to combine the two companies and create the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD). At the same time, they voted to implement a benefit fee of $50 for financial support of the District. JCFPD remains an all-volunteer fire department and is responsible for structure fires and emergency medical services within its 87-square-mile area. It is dedicated to the safety of its residents and the thousands of tourists that visit the Town of Julian and Lake Cuyamaca every year. The Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District was formed and now provides the governance structure for Station 56 in Julian and Station 57 in Lake Cuyamaca through its five-member Board of Directors. In addition to fire protection, Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District contracts with the County Office of Emergency Services to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance transport services.