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Nearly two-thirds (65%) of volunteer firefighters have more than 5 years of service. There are an estimated 29,727 fire departments in the U.S. Of these, 2,651 departments were all career, 1,893 were mostly career, 5,421 were mostly volunteer and 19,762 were all volunteer.


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San Diego’s back country volunteer fire companies were first organized after the huge 1970 Laguna Fire that burned 175,425 acres and 382 homes and killed eight people. The Julian Volunteer Fire Company and Lake Cuyamaca Fire Company were two of those formed. In 1983,


County, CAL FIRE Add Paramedic Engine Service to Julian



Jan. 5, 2016

Contacts: Capt. Kendal Bortisser (CAL FIRE) 619-922-4528

Michele Clock (County Fire) 619-929-8601


County, CAL FIRE Add Paramedic Engine Service to Julian Agencies join with Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District to boost backcountry service

Julian residents and visitors now have around-the-clock access to paramedic engine service, thanks to an agreement reached among the region’s lead rural fire agencies and Julian fire officials.

The Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) recently entered into a pact with the San Diego County Fire Authority to place a new paramedic engine staffed by CAL FIRE near downtown Julian. The upgrade builds on County and CAL FIRE efforts in recent years to raise the level of professional, 24/7 firefighter staffing across rural East County.

“This big boost in paramedic service is not only good news for Julian residents, but for all those who visit our beautiful backcountry each year,” said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. “It’s great to team up with the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District on this latest initiative to strengthen fire and emergency medical services in our rural areas.”

The new engine joined CAL FIRE’s Station 50, located just outside downtown Julian, on New Year’s Eve.

Julian is one of eight rural communities to receive new paramedic engines since 2014, joining Jacumba, Descanso, Otay, Jamul, Lake Morena, Pine Valley and the Intermountain area northeast of Ramona.

The new paramedic engine in Julian joins two full-size fire engines, two rescue vehicles and one smaller fire engine staffed by the Julian fire district volunteer firefighters.

The improvement is part of a broader agreement recently struck between County Fire and the Julian district to bolster fire and emergency medical services.

Six professional CAL FIRE firefighters will staff the new engine, including a fire captain paramedic, two fire apparatus engineers and three firefighter paramedics. At least two will be on duty around-the-clock, including at least one paramedic.

They are trained and the engine is equipped to provide “Advanced Life Support,” meaning patients will be able to receive a sophisticated level of emergency medical services, such as a variety of medications, as well as IV and emergency cardiac equipment including EKG monitors, pacemakers and chest compression kits.

Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District Chief Rick Marinelli said he is “pleased to welcome this new resource to the community. Firefighters from the JCFPD operate two other fire stations in the area. The addition of this paramedic engine will enhance fire protection and EMS to residents and visitors of Julian Cuyamaca. We will be better able to handle our increasing call volume with both our volunteers and CAL FIRE. This will raise the level of service and provide advanced life support to the area when the ALS ambulance is committed to other calls. We will also have faster response times and increased fire suppression capabilities. The addition of this fire engine will not only benefit residents and visitors of Julian – Cuyamaca, but the entire region.”

The Julian district’s Station 56 and 57, along with CAL FIRE’s Station 50, serve a 50-square-mile area that is home to about 5,000 people. Julian is a popular tourist destination for San Diegans as well as out-of-state visitors, with busy state Routes 78 and 79 leading into the area.

This incoming traffic unfortunately has resulted in numerous traffic-related incidents requiring medical intervention and paramedic response. In addition to Station 50, CAL FIRE’s Station 51 is located near Lake Cuyamaca just off state Route 79. County Fire reserves can back up CAL FIRE’s professional staff when needed.

The upgrade in Julian is a key addition to County Fire’s comprehensive efforts to improve fire protection in the backcountry since it was created eight years ago.

County Fire and CAL FIRE San Diego Unit Chief Tony Mecham said placing this paramedic engine in Julian will help citizens and also advance the cooperative fire protection services in the area.

“This places an engine in a strategic location that is going to help us respond more quickly to not only Julian but to nearby areas like Banner Grade, Shelter Valley and Cuyamaca,” Mecham said. “This could help save lives.”

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Thanks to the Community- Letter from Chief Marinelli

I would like to thank you for your extra support of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District through your generous donations.  Through the efforts of the Julian Fire Plugs and your contributions the JCFPD has raised over $30,000.  Most of those donations have been deposited in our new fire station account and will be used directly for the construction and support of the new station.

Update on the new station:  We have totally redesigned the plans for the new station.  The new plans are focused on a smaller, more efficient facility but will still meet the needs of the JCFPD.  Many cost savings changes have been made, but even with these changes, we are struggling to stay in our budget.  Our loan has been secured with a twenty year fixed rate at 3.8%.  Our maximum loan amount was 1.5M.  With the loan and the funds we already have, we put our total project budget at 2.1M.  The latest estimate for the project from our architect is 2.1M.  The project is scheduled to go out to bid in February.  With the project estimate and our available funds being so close we are seeking other ways to increase our project funding.  That is why your contributions are so important.

As always, we are here to serve you and this is your fire department.  You are invited to attend our monthly board meetings and provide input and keep informed on current events of the JCFPD.

Sincerely, Rick Marinelli Chief-JCFPD



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