As an "All Risk" agency, we train on the various specialties and provide the additional services in addition to responding to typical emergencies.
The El Segundo Fire Department averages 12,000 hours of training each year. We train in multiple disciplines of emergency response as “all risk” first responders. We train to safely extinguish all types of fires including structure fires, industrial/ flammable liquid fires, wildland fires, and vehicle fires. As an “all-risk” responding agency, we also train on hazardous materials, urban search and rescue, auto extrication, multi-casualty incidents, active shooter, and radio communications, to name a few. Each paramedic and EMT complete at least two hours of continuing education each month on medical emergencies.
The El Segundo Fire Department also trains in health and wellness, leadership and officer development, succession planning, fire prevention, drivers’ training, technology and administrative skills.
The El Segundo Fire Department is part of the California Master Mutual Aid program in which fire personnel mobilize from unaffected areas to support other areas that are experiencing an emergency such as a large brush fire, earthquake, mudslide any number of natural or man- made disaster. The El Segundo Fire Department typically teams up with the cities of Torrance, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach to form a strike team to respond.
The Tactical Paramedic program was started in 2007. The Tactical Paramedic program provides a team of specially trained Paramedics to assist the El Segundo Police Department SWAT team. Tactical Paramedics are trained in tactical movement, use of body armor and other specialized police equipment and tactical medical care. Situations where tactical paramedics are used are warrants, hostage situations, bomb threats and any other event that traditional Paramedics should not enter. Tactical Paramedics train monthly with the El Segundo SWAT team and attend other training as needed.
In 1990, an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) program was established in El Segundo. The highly technical and advanced rescue program can provide lifesaving services during major natural or manmade disasters, anywhere in the state of California. Our USAR program is proud to be classified as a Type-1 Heavy rescue by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES).
The El Segundo Fire Department REMS team is a highly technical and advanced rescue team that once assigned, pre-stages at a wild fire to provide Firefighters a safe, effective, and efficient method of egress off the fire line in event of injury or illness incurred during firefighter operations. Currently, ESFD provides two members and equipment and teams up with the Torrance Fire Department to provide two more members and equipment to form a complete REMS team.