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About Intermountain Fire Rescue
Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department was established in early 1988 by a concerned group of citizens who wanted to provide better fire protection for their community. The Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department serves an area of 125 square miles bordering Ramona, Julian, Lake Henshaw as well as Palomar Mountain.

In 2008 Intermountain, through a contract with San Diego County, joined the San Diego County Fire Authority (SDCFA). As part of that contract Intermountain retains its original response area, provides mutual aid to nearby departments and provides staffing at additional stations.

The Department serves a daily resident population of 4,000 residents and an additional 12,000 commuters due to major highways that run throughout the area.

We respond to over 300 Calls For Service a year, with the majority being traffic accidents and medical aids. The remainder of calls are various in nature with a large propensity for rescue and vegetation fires due to the large urban interface area.

Currently we operate 5 pieces of apparatus - One "Type I" structure engine; one "Type III" Wildland Engine; one "Type IV" Wildland Engine; and a medium duty rescue with a full compliment of extrication and over the side equipment. Learn more about The Intermountain Fleet Below.

Our station is Located 8 miles outside the City of Ramona, California and is staffed on a 24 hour basis by Reserve Staff.

The Department is 100% volunteer. Even though our staff is volunteer, we strive to maintain the same service level of training, quality service and professionalism as paid fire agencies.

Intermountain Fire and Rescue Department provides Basic Life Support (BLS). The Department provides First Responder Services with Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) capability. Transport services are provided either by neighboring agencies or Air Ambulance.

Learn about Intermountain Fire & Rescue's apparatus below.



Engine 7815 - 1999 Pierce Saber Type I

Engine 7815 is our primary response to medical aids, structure fires and auto accidents. 7815 also provides mutual aid to surrounding districts and joins strike team assignments for structure protection.

  • 750 Gallon Water Capacity
  • Pump Capacity 1500 GPM
  • Compliment Of Ladders, Tank, Hose & Pump
  • Foam Capable
  • Seats 6



Rescue 7885 - 1994 International - Medium Duty

Rescue 7885 aids in the initial response and is typically involved in the extrication of patients from traffic collisions. 7885 is capable of responding to many calls ranging from medical to swift water rescue. Another benifit to 7885 is the compliment of supplies on hand for response to Mass Casualty Incidents (MCIs).

  • Full Compliment Of Extrication Equipment
  • Pneumatic Tools & Air Bags
  • Rope Rescue
  • Assists In Swift Water Rescue
  • 4 Bottle Cascade System
  • Electric Generator For Flood Lights
  • Seats 3



Brush 7865 - 1988 Chevy Type III

Brush 7865 is the work horse of our wildland fire fighting fleet. Able to transverse difficult terrain and reach locations off road, 7865 will take you where you need to go. 7865 is fully outfitted for fighting wildand fires and has supplies to allow crews to live off the vehicle for several days or more if needed. Occasionally, 7865 is also called out for strike team assignments.

  • 500 Gallon Water Capacity
  • Pump Capacity 500 GPM
  • Quick Attack/Mobile Attack
  • Manual Transmission
  • Seats 5



Brush 7867 - 1990 International Type IV

Brush 7867 is our rapid mobile attack engine used specifically for spot fires. 7867 is fully outfitted for fighting wildand fires and anything else that comes its way.

  • 300 Gallon Water Capacity
  • Quick Attack/Mobile Attack
  • Manual Transmission
  • Seats 3



Water Tender 7855 - 2007 McLellan

Water Tender 7855 is the newest edition to the fleet. It joined during the summer of 2008 and replaced our older water tender. 7855 is on loan from the County of San Diego and is a great asset due to high risk of wildfires and limited sources of water in our area.

  • 2,200 Gallon Water Capacity
  • SCBA & Medical Equipped
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Front & Rear Water Valves
  • Seats 2






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