Fire Department

About the Del Mar Fire Department

The Del Mar Fire Department consists of one fire station located on the San Diego County Fairgrounds at 2200 Jimmy Durante Boulevard. Personnel are comprised of nine full-time staff (three captains, three fire engineers, and three firefighters/paramedics). The Fire Department operates one front-line fire engine, one rescue unit, and a reserve fire engine.

Service Area

The Fire Department protects nearly five thousand full-time residents as well as the over three million visitors to the fairgrounds annually. The area served is over 2.5 square miles and over 1,600 structures.


The responsibilities of the department include fire suppression and protection, emergency medical services, vehicle accidents, rescue, and hazardous material incident response.

The areas covered include the City of Del Mar and surrounding areas such as San Diego, Solana Beach and Encinitas.

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. The 800 MHz radio system is also used by Del Mar's Public Works, Lifeguards, and by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department as well.

Fire Prevention & Education

In addition, the Fire Department provides a comprehensive fire prevention and education program. Each year the Fire Department inspects all hotels, motels, restaurants, and new businesses for fire and safety compliance. Residential and commercial building plans are reviewed for fire code compliance, and pre-fire planning for over 120 buildings is provided. Free fire prevention inspections for residential occupancies are also done. The department also provides classes, demonstrations, public safety education, and disaster preparedness programs.


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.