Operations

Big Red Fire Engine
Front-left view of Paso Robles Fire Ladder Truck labeled 8141
Front left-side view of a red Heavy Rescue apparatus labeled El Paso de Robles 8151
Left side view of Squad 8152
Right side view of a truck labeled 8153 with aircraft firefighting components in the truck bed
Front left side view of chartreuse fire engine labeled OES 389
Left side view of Kawasaki ATV Mule parked in front of apparatus bay
Picture of a Drone in flight in the sky.

Apparatus and Vehicles

The department's emergency response apparatus compliment is comprised of:  (2) first-out Type 1 Engines, (1) reserve Type 1 Engine, (1) Ladder Truck, (1) Heavy Rescue, (1) Rescue Squad, (1) Airport Rescue Firefighting crash vehicle, (1) contracted Type 1 CA Office of Emergency Services engine, (1) Kawasaki Mule Utility Task Vehicle, and (1) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Drone.

Fire StationsMap of the city of Paso Robles showing fire station locations

Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services currently staffs and responds to emergency incidents from two primary stations within the city, located on the East and West sides of town. A third unstaffed station is located at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport for airport-related emergencies.

Station 1               900 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 

Station 2               235 Santa Fe Ave, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Station 3               3125 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446 

The City of Paso Robles is unique in that it has a number of areas in the City that present an increased risk to our community. Some of these risks include earthquakes, flooding, Salinas Riverbed, railway, two highways, airport, wildland fires, large occupancy buildings, and large industrial complexes. These additional risks require that staff obtain specialty training to safely mitigate an emergency. Some of that specialty training includes technical rescue, hazardous materials, wildland firefighting, water rescue, railway emergencies, and aircraft rescue firefighting.

Derby building column with smoke and fire glow showing at the base of building2020 Annual Report 

The City of Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services Annual Report for 2020 outlines the department’s mission and core values, history, annual achievements, and statistics. In this report, residents will find detailed information about response standards, performance measurements, number of EMS and fire incidents, significant events, community risk reduction efforts, financials, and community engagement. Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services will actively use this report to examine their own practices to ensure effective and efficient services are provided to the community. Several deficiencies have been identified in this report. These identified deficiencies will assist the City Council and oversight committee in determining how Measure J-20 funding could be utilized. Download the report 


Scene of a wildland fire with firefighters putting out flames in a grass field

Mutual Aid Agreements

Emergency Services has automatic and mutual aid contractual agreements with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the other surrounding municipal departments for emergency response to these areas. The City and these districts provide a clearly defined response plan for dispatching the nearest fire and EMS personnel and equipment to an emergency.


Firefighters working a street covered with debris from earthquakes in downtown Paso RoblesSpecial Operations

PRFES has Technician Level responders in the following disciplines: Rescue Systems 1, Rescue Systems 2, Swift Water Rescue, Cliffside Rescue, Vehicle Extrication, Rope Rescue, Confined Space, Trench Rescue, and Structural Collapse. These high risk low frequency events require initial and ongoing training to maintain competency.  PRFES partners with Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services to provide a North County Technical Rescue Team.


Vehicle with victim in a river with emergency personnel being lowered from a helicopter for rescuePaso Robles has over 150 buildings that have been identified as containing large amounts of hazardous materials. These facilities can create a dangerous environment to the community as well as the firefighters during a spill or fire. PRFES has trained hazardous materials responders. Special equipment such as protective clothing and sensors, along with specialized training, is necessary to successfully mitigate a hazardous materials incidents. PRFES partners with San Luis Obispo County on a Regional Hazardous Materials Team.

Due to the large amounts of brush and wildland-urban interface areas in Paso Robles, all PRFES staff are trained and equipped to fight these fires and protect homes threatened by them. Additionally, all PRFES staff have “Red Card” certifications and can be deployed throughout the state to assist with wildland fires. This year, our members responded to over 140 wildland fires in the City and numerous fires throughout the state.