The Department’s administrative offices and Fire Prevention Division are located with other city offices at the Encinitas Civic Center. The administrative division is comprised of five full time employees, the Fire Chief, a Deputy Fire Chief, a Senior Management Analyst, a Management Analyst, and an Administrative Support Coordinator that provide management, direction, and administrative support for the entire department, conduct long-range planning, prepare the budget, provide fiscal analysis of department activities and pursue grants to purchase needed equipment and fund educational programs. In addition, the Fire Administration division is responsible for managing the city’s emergency management/disaster preparedness program and conducting emergency planning. The Department’s Lifeguard Captain also works in the administrative offices.

Joint Strategic Work Plan

In October 2009, the cities of Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach entered into a Cooperative Fire Management Services Agreement. Through this agreement, Encinitas and Solana Beach senior fire staff provide operational oversight for the Encinitas, Del Mar, and Solana Beach Fire Departments. Duties include supervising fire suppression operations and emergency medical services by on shift Battalion Chiefs; emergency management; fire prevention activities; purchasing of materials, supplies, and fire equipment; management of services contracts; and administrative functions.

This Joint Strategic Work Plan is a blueprint for how the Departments will respond to a variety of challenges and changing priorities in the next two years.