|Fire Department Delivery System|
The Department has reciprocal Mutual Aid and Automatic Aid agreements with the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District. The Oakdale City Fire Department’s response system is designed with these agencies that provide a key component to our level of service. With the addition of both agencies, we can effect life safety rescues and fire attack at an acceptable time frame meeting all Cal-OSHA requirements. Without these agencies, we would reduce our reaction time increasing the potential for life loss and dramatically increasing property loss. This delay would also result in fire ground safety issues for our employees and the public.
We measure our success by several national standards. The two basic standards being response time and the ability to mitigate the fire to the area of involvement upon our arrival. We enjoy a response time of four minutes, 90% of the time anywhere in the City of Oakdale. Response time is the actual driving time to the incident. With this response time, the opportunity to confine the fire to the area of origin is high, life safety for the public and our employees is increased and the threat of a major fire creating millions of dollars of property loss and loss of property taxes, sales tax are all dramatically reduced.
This response also provides us with the greatest opportunity to provide life saving medical intervention for people who are ill, not breathing or there heart has stopped. When someone is not breathing or his or her heart not beating, every minute beyond 6-8 minutes causes irreversible brain damage and the ability to save the life reduces dramatically. Response time and staffing levels are critical components to the Fire Delivery System being successful.The Department contracts with the Stanislaus Regional 9-1-1 Center in Modesto for dispatch services. The Stanislaus Regional 9-1-1 Center dispatches all fire agencies in Stanislaus County with the exception of the City of Turlock. Being a part of this center allows for close coordination and cooperation between fire agencies that is critical to our successful operation. Also, additional services are provided that we otherwise could not obtain. With the county system all fire agencies work on the same radio frequency and are coordinated by one dispatch center. We also utilize mobile data computers for dispatch as well as a sophisticated computer aided dispatch system. With the county dispatch system, we will receive the maximum “credit” for our insurance rating. Oakdale Police Department continues to be the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the City. When a resident calls 911 on their home phone, the call is received by Oakdale Police and immediately transferred to Stanislaus Regional 9-1-1.
OFD Total Incident Responses 2009 1767