The Fire Administration Division provides management, research, clerical, financial, and records support for the Fire Department. Fire Administration also establishes and modifies Fire Department strategies, tactics, and policies; administers the Central Net Operations Joint Powers Authority Training Center and the FireMed Membership Program. The Department is a member of MetroNet, an eight-city Joint Powers Authority for fire and medical emergency communications and the Orange County-City Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Authority.
The Emergency Response Division provides a professionally trained and well-equipped emergency force for fire, medical, rescue, and hazardous materials incidents. Eight fire stations are strategically located to provide quick emergency response. Paramedic engine companies are located in each station and staffed by four personnel, a configuration that allows the department to meet the needs of the City’s rapidly increasing annual call volume. Additionally, two truck companies, a State Office of Emergency Services engine, a hazardous materials response vehicle, a mobile decontamination unit, an urban search and rescue/light and air vehicle, six emergency medical transport units and a Battalion Chief/shift commander complete the 24-hour emergency response capabilities.
The Fire Prevention Division has responsibility for enforcing local, state, and federal codes in order to reduce the loss of life and property from preventable fires and other emergencies. This is accomplished through inspection and code enforcement, plan review, public education and fire investigative services. Oil inspections are conducted to enforce regulations in environmental and oil industry safety, including the Huntington Beach Oil Code. The Fire Prevention Division operates the Hazardous Materials Business Plan Program (HMBP) as a Participating Agency to the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA). The HMBP Program is responsible for identifying, inspecting, and monitoring businesses that use and store hazardous materials. The Division includes the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Office, and coordinates the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) Program and the Senior Home Inspection Program (SHIP).
The primary goal and purpose of Marine Safety is to provide quality open water and beach safety through education, prevention, and emergency response. Marine Safety provides year-round lifeguard services on the City’s beach, including medical aid and code enforcement services, manages the summer Junior Lifeguard Program and provides staffing as required. Lifeguard services are also provided to Sunset Beach. The Division is comprised of 14 permanent Marine Safety Officers and management staff, and is supported by more than 150 recurrent ocean lifeguards.