San Diego Emergency Services
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As the eighth largest city in the US, San Diego boasts some of the finest emergency response teams in the country. The fire, police, and emergency services professionals in the San Diego region are highly skilled, thoroughly trained, and ready for any emergency that might affect an individual, or small or wide area.
Because of the Santa Ana winds, dry weather, and backcountry brush, San Diego County has a fire season that can last from June to November during which fire professionals are on constant guard, 24-hours a day, for the outbreak of fires. New equipment in San Diego includes an emergency response helicopter that can get to the scene of a fire and help coordinate the response as well as drop flame-retardant liquid.
The Fire Department also provides San Diego the highest level of emergency and rescue services and safety education ensuring the protection of life, property and the environment. Medical teams, lifeguards, and emergency 9-1-1 services provide for the safety of the citizens and visitors to the San Diego region. With over 46 fire stations strategically placed in neighborhoods, a paramedic along with three firefighter/Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) can arrive on the scene of an emergency quickly.
The officers in the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) are also highly trained professionals, and are able to respond to any crisis anywhere in the region with enough force to do the job. The SDPD is also active in establishing relationships with citizens at a neighborhood level, with Crime-Watch citizens groups, online reporting of crime, and educational programs which promote greater awareness of crime-fighting throughout the greater San Diego area. The Special Units section of the SDPD includes such units as those for Domestic Violence, Forensic Science, and Traffic Division.
San Diego County Office of Emergency Services has been charged with the mission of protecting life and property within San Diego County in the event of a major emergency or disaster. You can contact the office for specific preparedness plans designed for individuals, families, or businesses. During an emergency, the office will alert and notify appropriate county, state, and federal agencies; coordinate those agencies; and ensure resources are available. In addition, the office develops plans and procedures for response to, and recovery from, disasters.
The San Diego Blood Bank is also an active organization in the area, ensuring a more than adequate supply of blood for transfusions for both daily need and in case of extreme emergency. The Bank makes it very easy for people to donate blood, and it maintains ongoing blood drives throughout the county.
Because of the presence of Naval and Marine bases, and the proximity of an international border, San Diego also receives a good portion of the federal monies for Homeland Security. Emergency response scenarios involving terrorist attacks have been tested in real-time simulations and the coordinated efforts of police, fire, military, and medical teams feel confident that they are ready to handle whatever situation might arise in the case of an attack on the region.