Security Emergency Services Battalion
MCB Camp Pendleton

Fire Operations

Fire Operations is the largest branch within Camp Pendleton Fire and Emergency Services and is responsible for structural fire suppression, wildland fire suppression, technical rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, and disasters mitigation.

Fire Operation Branch is led by the Deputy Chief of Operations, with four Division Chiefs leading two shifts (A and B) and an Assistant Chief of Wildland.

Approximately 67 personnel make up each shift who are housed within eleven fire stations located throughout the installation.  The installation is divided up into two Divisions (Division I encompassing Fire Stations 1, 3, 4, 5, and 9 and Division II encompassing Fire Stations 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, and 28). Ranks consist of Captains, Lieutenants, Firefighter/Paramedics and Firefighter/EMTs working an alternating 48-hour shift schedule.  

Fire Operations personnel are highly trained, professional workforce responding to more than 4,000 calls for service, annually.

Camp Pendleton Fire and Emergency Services maintains a fleet of emergency apparatuses to respond to emergency incidents.  In addition to the front-line apparatus, the department has a reserve fleet to place in service when additional staffing is required to support mission or when front-line apparatus experiences mechanical issues:

Seven (7) Type I Fire Engines and five (5) Reserves
Two (2) Aerial Ladder Trucks (100ft and 75ft)
Nine (9) Type III Brush Engines and four (4) Reserves
Four (4) Rescue Ambulances (staffed with one Firefighter/Paramedic and one Firefighter/EMT) and one (1) Reserve
Two (2) Rescues (Heavy Rescue and Light Rescue) and one (1) Reserve
One (1) Swift Water Rescue Trailer
One (1) Urban Search and Rescue Trailer
One (1) Type I Hazardous Materials Unit
Ten (1) Type VI Brush Patrols
Eight (8) Chief Officer Command Vehicles


Operations Branch Vision Statement:

To be a well-respected and progressive branch to provide timely, professional, all-hazard response with qualified personnel to mitigate a wide array of emergencies that threaten the lives, property, and/or environment to the warfighter, family members, civilians and the communities in which we serve. This branch prides itself on providing the highest level of customer service ethics that is a characteristic of the Camp Pendleton Fire and Emergency Services Department...customers first!



Reduce response times by continuing to monitor and analyze every response, ensuring proper resource deployment aligned with incident mitigation needs, and reduce turnout times.

Develop a Pre-Incident Fire Plan Program for all facilities and training areas.

Continue to advocate and collaborate with MCICOM Fire and Emergency Services Program Director on replacing old, beyond lifespan, and un-serviceable fire apparatus through the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) Program.

Continue to advocate and collaborate with NAVFAC, PWD, and MCICOM on replacing current old, beyond lifespan, and not suitable for living/work safety environments through MILCON Projects.

Continue to work the life-cycle procurement project on replacing all equipment and tools for all levels of service. Seek opportunities to be more involved in our community with non-emergent requests for customer service events. Continue to build strong relationships with our mutual aid cooperators through emergency response, training opportunities, and collaborations workshops.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton