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Oct 08, 2013 (16:56:00)

 The Vista Fire Department is opening three of its fire stations to the public as part of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 7 through the 12. The Open House event will take place at three Vista stations from 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, October 12.


This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” The Fire Station Open House(s) is free to the public. Residents can view demonstrations, learn more about fire safety and take a tour the station.  “Kitchen fires are the number one cause of fire in the home,” said Vista Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Hahn, “and Fire Prevention Week is a great time of the year to focus on kitchen fire safety and to remind the public about the hazards of cooking.”


Sparky the Dog, the official mascot of the Fire Prevention Association will make appearances at the stations. Children can meet the firefighters and check out the fire engines and other fire apparatus.


Fire Station Open House: (Free event)
Date: October 12     Time: 1-4 p.m.

  • Station No. 1: 175 N. Melrose Drive
  • Station No. 5: 2009 S. Melrose Drive
  • Station No. 6: 651 E. Vista Way



For more information, the public is asked to contact the Vista Fire Department at 760.643.2801 or go to cityofvista.com. Tips on kitchen fire safety can be found at NFPA.org.


Side Walk CPR

Jun 03, 2013 (10:46:00)

The Vista Fire Department, in collaboration with the American Heart Association, San Diego Project Heart Beat and San Diego County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is coordinating sidewalk CPR day on June 4.  This will be a countywide event for public education and general awareness of the vital skill of “hands-only CPR”.  The Target store on University Drive has graciously accepted the Fire Department’s request to set up outside, adjacent to the public entrance in order to demonstrate Hands-Only CPR and encourage participation in the brief training.  Firefighters will be on site June 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

Residents rescued from burning Vista hotel

Apr 10, 2013 (13:29:12)

Residents rescued from burning Vista hotel


— Vista firefighters rescued a man and woman from the second floor of a burning residency hotel, and a second man leaped out his window to safety Saturday afternoon.

The couple were leaning out separate windows of their smoke-filled room, screaming for help and coughing, said fire Capt. Justin Golden.

“It was very dramatic,” Golden said. “They were choking.”

A 2-alarm blaze broke out in a upstairs guest room at the two-story Rancho Vista Hotel on South Santa Fe Avenue, near Terrace Street, about 4:15 p.m. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

More than 15 residents fled out doors, fire escapes and windows when smoke detectors started sounding. Golden said the man who jumped out a window landed on concrete, but was not hurt.

Golden’s crew placed ladders to the windows and helped the man and woman climb down. Then, he said, they made their way inside and found the second floor so thick with smoke, they couldn’t see.

“As we turned the corner, there was fire rolling down the ceiling 15 or 20 feet,” Golden said. “We pushed it back and got into the room of origin.”

The blaze was under control by 4:43 p.m., said fire Deputy Chief Ned Vander Pol. He said fire crews from Oceanside, Carlsbad and San Marcos assisted.

The Red Cross was called to help displaced residents. Vander Pol said the second floor of the hotel was heavily damaged by smoke and heat. Total damage was estimated at $100,000.

Vista Fire Fighters Support the Burn Institute with Boot Drive

Mar 28, 2013 (08:39:00)

On March 12th the Vista Firefighters,Explorers and Senior Volunteers participated in the annual San Diego Burn Institute Boot Drive.  In two different sessions, we collected $7,079 for this worthy charity.  All participating departments in San Diego County raised a total of $172,000!  The Vista Fire Fighters Association, Local 4107 would like to thank everyone who helped collect and those who donated.

Vista Fire Fighters Raise Money for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Nov 24, 2012 (16:42:00)

When Hurricane Sandy hit firefighters and civilians living in his childhood neighborhood of Rockaway Beach in Queens, N.Y. retired Escondido firefighter Michael O’Connor organized a Fill The Boot in North County, a fundraising effort visible on Thursday morning, Nov. 8th as dozens stood on street corners asking passers-by to stuff money into fire boots.The three-hour boot drive raised $18,000. “Every dime of this is going to a victim,” O’Connor said, “and I will make sure of it.”

Participating in the effort were Escondido,Oceanside and Vista firefighters, members of the Escondido Fire Department Explorer program and Palomar College students studying to become paramedics.

O’Connor said he will take the money back to New York next week. Fill the Boot is the most recent help he and a handful of New York firefighters have given each other since shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.

O’Connor is one of five Escondido firefighters who helped raise $253,000 for the FDNY Widows and Orphans Fund shortly after the terrorist attacks.

Following San Diego’s October wildfires in 2003 and 2007, some New York firefighters came to the West Coast and helped clear debris from the burned-out homes of local firefighters.

In late October, Hurricane Sandy, coupled with an ensuing fire in Rockaway, destroyed homes of those same helpful firefighters.

“It was like a punch in the stomach,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor, a firefighter for 32 years, said anyone who wants to donate can still drop off money at any Escondido fire station.

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