La Jolla Reservation Fire Department
"To Protect and Preserve"
The Mission of the La Jolla Reservation Fire Department is to protect and preserve the life, property, and environment of the Tribe and neighboring communities. We deliver the highest level of care through aggressive prevention, training, public education, and emergency response.
In 1985, members of the Ruise and Rodriguez family started the initial phases of the fire department as volunteers. Around 1993, the Reservation Fire District was established as a collaboration of tribal fire departments across San Diego County. The district provided fire and rescue services to reservations and their surrounding communities. The La Jolla Reservation fire station served as a hub for northern San Diego County. In the proceeding years, reservations made the decision to leave the Fire District and continue to build their tribal fire departments. By 2010, the La Jolla Reservation Fire Department was formed.
Starting again as a volunteer department, the station was only staffed when its firefighters were not working their other jobs. Most of them working for other fire departments; including the US Forest Service. The Department has evolved through the years and is now staffed with paid personnel.
The La Jolla Reservation Fire Department is an “All Risk” department and responds to medical aids, structure fires, traffic collisions and wild land fires. Operating out of one station, the department staffs: a Type 1 Fire Engine, a Type 3 Brush Engine, two Type 6 Patrols and one Chiefs vehicle. The Department offers a reserve program for those interested in learning more about becoming a Firefighter. Along with providing emergency care, the department employs a hazardous fuel reduction program. With a crew of 5 personnel, the crew removes heavy fuels along tribal boundaries and roads. Thus, creating a defensible space to mitigate the spread of potential wildfires.
Fire Chief: Wesley Ruise Jr.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911