The mission of the Oceanside Fire Department is the preservation of life, property and the environment. This is accomplished by providing highly-trained emergency service personnel using the most modern equipment, specialized prevention and training officers, and a dedicated administrative support staff. The Oceanside Fire Department’s eight firehouses provide a presence in every neighborhood throughout the 41 square miles of the City of Oceanside.

The lives of over 180,000 residents and visitors are protected 24 hours per day, 365 days per year by 115 sworn personnel. An additional staff of nine provides support with the goal of efficiently and effectively serving the community.

In 2013 REACH expanded operations in Southern California with the opening of the REACH Oceanside base. This 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service is a partnership with the City of Oceanside Fire Department. Crews will respond to calls from their temporary base at the Oceanside airport. Plans for 2015 include moving the base to a permanent location at the City of Oceanside Fire Training Center.