Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ:

Question:What is North County Fire Authority?

Answer:

North County Fire Authority is a formal agreement among the Cities of Brisbane, Daly City, and Pacifica to provide joint management and training of for their fire department personnel under one umbrella organization headed by Chief Myers and the Daly City Fire Department Administration.


Question:

Does our city’s participation in North County Fire Authority reduce the service to our community?

Answer:

The participation of your city in the North County Fire Authority does not reduce the service to your community. In fact, it has increased it as can be evidenced from the rapid response to fires, storms and other emergencies where the three jurisdictions (Brisbane, Daly City and Pacifica) work side by side mitigating the effects of any emergency. 


Question:

I am going to remodel my house. Are fire sprinklers required?

Answer:

The three jurisdictions still have differing code requirements when it comes to fire sprinkler systems.  It is best that you contact the Fire Prevention Bureau (991-8138) for the specific requirements for each city.   


Question:

I think my neighbors tree is a fire hazard. Can the city remove it?

Answer:

Trees alone are not a fire hazard. What is a fire hazard is what is called a ladder fuel. Ladder fuels are vegetation and other flammable debris that occupies the space under trees and that can transmit flames from the ground up into the tree. Gorse or scotch broom are the most common ladder fuels in our area. On an annual basis, you are required to remove vegetation that is over 1 foot high, thereby reducing the fire hazard of trees. 


Question:

How often do I need to have my fire extinguisher serviced in my business?

Answer:

Your fire extinguisher must be inspected annually by a person licensed to do such inspections. In most cases your extinguisher must go through a “tear-down” every six years. Your fire extinguisher service company will track this for you when they come to do the annual inspection.


Question:

How many smoke detectors do I need for my house? Where should they be located?

Answer:

Smoke detectors should be installed in every bedroom, in the hallway outside of a bedroom, at the top of stairs and at least one on every level of a multi-story home. Click on this link to view the Home Smoke Detector Installation Guide.


Question:

What should I do if I want to become a Firefighter?

Answer:

Even before you graduate from high school, you can begin mapping out your future in the Fire Service by speaking to your Counselor and asking them what Junior College offers the best Fire Science Program. We are lucky to have access to both City College of San Francisco and the College of San Mateo, both institutions have excellent Fire Science Curriculums. Because almost 70% of our emergency calls are medical in nature, obtaining your State Emergency Medical Technician’s Certificate(EMT) is a must. An ‘Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Science’ will take you approximately 2 years to complete, but is a very important step in becoming a Firefighter; also having an EMT Certificate, or better yet, going to a special school to become a ‘paramedic’ will make you a more desirable candidate when you start testing for open Firefighter positions. The most important attributes that a future Firefighter must possess are patience and dedication…be patient, because it may take up to 5 years or more to finally become a recruit firefighter…and dedication to the educational and physical conditioning that it will take to make you succeed in your career quest. For more information see our Careers brochure.


Question:

How many Firefighters are on duty everyday and how many fire engines and ladder trucks do we have?

Answer:

The North County Fire Authority has 8 engines(that carry water, hose and fire pumps), 1 ambulance, and 1 aerial ladder truck.  Everyday of the year, at least 3 firefighters are assigned to each of these 9 pieces of firefighting equipment and two are assigned to the ambulance.  In addition, 2 Battalion Chiefs and one Duty Deputy Fire Chief are on duty at all times to lead and supervise these emergency personnel. This makes a total of 32 personnel on duty daily to cover the approximately 165,000 residents of Brisbane, Daly City, and Pacifica (that computes to 1 firefighter for every 5,156 citizens). The ladder truck’s crew is also responsible for all our specialized rescues, such as extricating patients trapped in auto accidents, people trapped on steep ocean cliffs, confined space rescues and any other dangerous emergencies that cannot be accomplished with the equipment that is carried on our regular fire engines.


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