Fire Department

Fire Department

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About the Del Mar Fire Department

The Del Mar Fire Department includes nine full-time staff (three captains, three fire engineers, and three firefighters/paramedics). The department is equipped with one front-line fire engine, one rescue unit and one reserve fire engine. Headquarters are located on the southeast corner of the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 2200 Jimmy Durante Boulevard.

2020 Spring into Action program

brush mowingThose spring flowers and grasses have been pretty but now they’re drying up and need to go.
The Fire Department has launched its 2020 Spring into Action and Fuel Reduction programs and is asking residents to get an early start on weeding and brush clearing to keep their property -- and neighborhoods -- safe. Thinning out overgrown and dead foliage greatly improves fire safety for people and structures.

How fire-safe is your property? To schedule a free inspection, contact the Del Mar Fire Department: or 858-755-1522.

Open the 2020 Spring into Action flyer (PDF)

2020 Fuel Reduction Program

overgrown houseThis summer, in cooperation with Waste Management, residents can reserve free delivery and pickup of up to two, three-yard waste bins to fill with green waste. Reserve the bins before July 24 and fill them between July 27 and Aug. 10.  

To schedule green waste bin delivery, contact Waste Management: 866-967-3292.

Open the 2020 Fuel Reduction Program flyer (PDF)

Service Area

The Del Mar Fire Department provides emergency services to nearly 5,000 full-time residents as well as more than 3 million annual visitors to the fairgrounds. The service area covers more than 2.5 square miles and includes more than 1,600 structures.


The department is responsible for fire suppression and protection and emergency medical services and responds to vehicle accidents, rescue and hazardous materials incidents. In addition to serving the City of Del Mar, the department provides mutual aid to Solana Beach, Encinitas and portions of the City of San Diego. The Del Mar Fire Department contracts with the City of Encinitas for management services.

Radio System

The Fire Department utilizes an integrated 800 MHz radio system and contracts with the Rancho Santa Fe Regional Dispatch Agency for 24-hour dispatch services. Other agencies and departments on the system include the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Del Mar’s Public Works and Lifeguard departments.

Fire Prevention & Education

The department’s fire prevention and education program provides inspections for all hotels, motels, restaurants and new businesses to assure fire and safety compliance. The department reviews all commercial building plans for fire code compliance. The department also provides free fire prevention inspections for residential property. Classes and demonstrations on safety and disaster preparedness are offered regularly.


The Del Mar Fire Department is committed to providing emergency services, fire prevention, and education in a prompt, professional, and compassionate manner.

Our foremost goal is the preservation of life and property.