Tue, 16 January, 2018

Prevention Officers Section

The San Diego County FPO is a multi-agency collaboration created to provide education and mentoring for members through effective communication that influence issues impacting the fire community in a positive and mutually beneficial manner. It is under the direction of the San Diego County Fire Chiefs' Association.


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Training Public Service

Training Tools

The purpose of this section is to assist members and other interested parties to develop quality training modules. Below you will find class material and PowerPoint® presentations available for download.

Codes and Standards

Please use the following links to aid in your understanding of the code and standards development processes used by both the NFP and the ICC.


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Q. Does the Fire Department service fire extinguishers?

A. The Fire Department does not service fire extinguishers. An E license issued by the California State Fire Marshal is required to service fire extinguishers. Licensed fire extinguisher contractors can be located in the Yellow Pages under “Fire Extinguishers”.

Q. How do I dispose of my old fire extinguisher?

A. Often Fire Extinguisher contractors will recycle old fire extinguishers for little or no fee. Never dispose of a fire extinguisher in the trash.

Q. What type of fire extinguisher is best for my home?

A. A multi purpose fire extinguisher is the best choice for your home. When buying an extinguisher, you should make sure the minimum rating is a 2A:10BC. This type of fire extinguisher can be used on most types of home fires. Fire extinguishers should be located in easily accessible locations in your home.

Q. Where should I have fire extinguishers in my home?

A. Fire extinguishers should be located in your garage, kitchen, and one should be located on each floor of your home.

Q. What should I do if my smoke detector is “chirping” and there is no smoke?

A. In most cases the smoke alarm is chirping to tell you that the batteries in the smoke alarm are low and need to be changed. Batteries should be checked monthly and replaced every six months.

Q. Where should I install smoke alarms in my house?

A. Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, in hallways outside bedrooms, and one should be installed on every level of your home. They should be installed on ceilings or high on walls with the top of the alarm no closer than four inches from the ceiling.

Q. What do I do if there is a leaking fire hydrant?

A. Your local water district is in charge of the maintenance of public fire hydrants. Please contact the water district for any concerns in regards to public fire hydrants.


To Join SD FPO, contact Jim Davidson, SDCFPO Treasurer at VCFPD Station #1, 28234 Lilac Rd, Valley Center, CA, 92082; or email at jdavidson@vcfpd.org


2015-2016 Fire Prevention
Officers Section Board

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President -
Carisa Workman
Heartland Fire & Rescue

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Vice President -
Bill Modeen
Coronado Fire Department

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Secretary -
Mark Vierow
Vista Fire Department

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Treasurer -
Jim Davidson
Valley Center Fire District

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Past President -
Cynthia Wong
Carlsbad Fire Department

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