Cameron Park Fire Department/CAL FIRE
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada the Cameron Park Fire Department sits within the unincorporated community of Cameron Park. It serves the community, its citizens, visitors, and neighboring areas under the direction and governing Board of the Cameron Park Community Services District. Situated along the Highway 50 corridor the Fire Department provides a wide array of fire and emergency services to those living in the community as well as those passing through for business and leisure activities.
Formed in 1961 under Government Code 61000 the Cameron Park Community Services District created a Board of Directors to oversee fire protection, parks, and recreational activities. The Fire Department serves the community from two full-time staffed fire stations situated in the north and south ends of the district. Fire personnel work a 3-day/72 consecutive hour shift per week. Each fire engine is staffed with a minimum of two personnel each day and is able to provide paramedic services 24 hours per day. In addition, one paramedic ambulance based out of the Cameron Park Fire Department serves the community.
Staffing at the Cameron Park Fire Department consists of up to 18 employees; 1 Battalion Chief-Operations-Administration, 1 Battalion Chief-Fire Marshal-Operations, 2 Fire Captain/Paramedics, 2 Fire Captains, 9 Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedics, 3 Fire Apparatus Engineers, 30 Volunteer Firefighters, 1 part-time Fire Prevention Assistants. The Fire Department operates with 2 Command Vehicles, 2 Type I Municipal Fire Engines and 1 Medic Unit 24 hours per day all year long. In addition, the department owns and maintains for additional response 2 Type I Municipal Fire Engines, 2 Type III Wildland Fire Engine, 1 Medic Unit and 3 utility vehicles.
Cameron Park’s first fire station was located near the intersection of Los Santos Drive and Country Club Drive. In 1969 the Cameron Park Community Services District built Fire Station 89 located at 3200 Country Club Drive. It was opened and staffed in 1970. Through the years Fire Station 89 has been remodeled and expanded to accommodate the increased need for service. It has gone from a single story fire station with six apparatus bays to a two story fire station with seven apparatus bays. Today, Fire Station 89 houses the administrative offices for the Cameron Park Fire Department including the Cameron Park Fire Prevention Bureau and the Fire Safe Council. A total of 10 of the departments apparatus are housed at this location.
In 1993 the Cameron Park Fire Department constructed its second fire station, Fire Station 88, at the intersection of Cameron Park Drive and Alhambra Drive. Fire Station 88 houses two fire apparatus and protects the business and residential properties of the north Cameron Park area. In addition, they are the first arriving fire apparatus protecting the arrivals and departures of small private aircraft at the Cameron Park Airport.
In November 1996 the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors elected to enter into a cooperative agreement for fire protection and emergency services with CAL FIRE. This move made financial sense to the district while maintaining and expanding the number of personnel to serve and protect the community. This cooperative agreement between the two agencies is something done across the State of California and provides a mutual benefit. Today, Cameron Park Fire Department has access to CAL FIRE apparatus and Chief Officers in the Amador and El Dorado Unit and increases the availability of chief officers and station personnel in excess of 150 employees, as well as fire engines, bull dozers, hand crews, and aircraft.
Today, the Cameron Park Fire Department in cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE strive to provide the citizens, business members, and visitors of Cameron Park with fire and emergency services that meet and exceed their needs. Fire prevention education through the participation in school programs, static displays and community event to fire prevention inspection and enforcement it is our goal to make Cameron Park a Fire Safe community. We invite the community to drop by the fire station and tour the facilities or ask questions of the personnel.
Battalion Chief Bob Counts or Battalion Chief Michael Smith can be reached at (530) 677-6190.