Placentia's Fire and EMS Services
Information on Placentia’s Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services
Public Safety is the City’s top priority. For the past 23 years, the City has contracted with Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) to provide local fire and emergency medical services to our residents. As our local population continues to age and the calls for corresponding medical services have increased -- now constituting nearly 80% of calls for service -- and as wildfire hazards have become deadlier, cities have substantially modified the way they prepare for fire hazards, the service model used to deliver Placentia’s life-saving fire and emergency medical services must evolve as well. The City seeks to maintain and enhance rapid medical emergency response times and ensure a high level of these life-saving services over the long-term, for our residents.
Since 2009, the City’s costs with OCFA have grown by 47%, with no change in service levels being provided to our residents. At the same time, the City’s operating budget has only grown by 12%. Also important to note that during this same time period, the Placentia Police Department has experienced a 9% decrease in its operating budget. Placentia has a responsibility to its residents to ensure local fire and paramedic models are continually improving, high quality, and fiscally sustainable, to ensure proper spending priorities on services to our residents.
The City is dedicated to providing only the best services for our residents and to that end, the City conducted a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for fire and emergency medical services. Upon completion of the RFP process, the City Council has voted to establish a new, local, City of Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department to improve your 911 response times and emergency medical services.
The City of Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department will dramatically improve 911 emergency response times and life-saving services. The City is currently working to recruit and retain a highly experienced fire personnel who will be engaged in our Placentia neighborhoods to maintain and improve the local public safety services you’ve indicated are important to you. In addition, the City is in the process of obtaining high-quality fire equipment to ensure the Fire Department has the best life-saving tools to serve our community.
Establishing our own local Fire Department increases collaboration with our Placentia Police Department in 911 response, allowing our police officers to focus even more on proactive community policing, investigation, gang reduction efforts and preventing crime before it starts. Establishing our own local City Fire Department makes these services more transparent and accountable to you - our Placentia residents and businesses.
Now that the City has made this decision, Placentia will undertake the decisive steps necessary to ensure a seamless transition into our localized, neighborhood-based service model, which will start July 1, 2020. Residents should still call 911 for emergencies or (714) 993-8164 for non-emergencies. We look forward to keeping you informed throughout this process and encourage you to keep visiting www.placentia.org/fireems for updates and more information.
- City Council Meeting Presentation - Quarterly Update 2/18/2020
- Placentia’s Official Response to Outside Fire Union Mailer 2/13/2020
- Press Release - Placentia Hires John "Pono" Van Gieson to Serve as Fire Chief
- Frequently Asked Questions
- City Council Meeting Presentation - Quarterly Update 11/19/19
- City Council Meeting Presentation 6/4/19
- City Council Staff Report 6/4/19
- Press Release - Placentia Establishes Local, City-Run Fire Department
- Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) Fire Services Data Analysis Report
- City of Placentia Mailer #1 - Fire and EMS Update
- City Administrator’s Weekly Briefing Fire EMS Update 3/7/19
- Press Release - 12/20/18 (PDF)