|Fire Department Delivery System|
Mutual and Automatic Aid
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.
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.
Emergency Medical Services
The Fire Department is a basic life support first responder. We respond to medical situations that require emergency response by our local ambulance and us. The Fire Department personnel are trained to EMT standards, in addition two employees certified and qualified as Paramedics. The Fire Department is a critical component of the emergency medical response to our community. Oak Valley Hospital is a special district that operates the ambulance for the communities of Oakdale (Valley Home and Knights Ferry also), Waterford and Riverbank. It is not unusual for us now to have multiple medical aid calls at the same time or within a five-minute window.
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