In an effort to enhance service to the community, the Brea Fire Department has restructured their service model. After an 11-year command staff sharing agreement with the city of Fullerton, the Brea Fire Department has fully transitioned back to a Brea-only fire command staffing model. For our community, this means the fire department now has its own Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Battalion Chiefs, and EMS Manager solely dedicated to Brea. In 2011, the command sharing agreement was an innovative solution that provided budgetary savings to both Brea and Fullerton while recovering from the 2008 economic downturn. This year was the right opportunity for both cities to move in a new direction, and return the Brea Fire Department to a staffing model they once had.
This past spring, the department also entered into its first ever private ambulance contract with Emergency Ambulance Services. The ambulance company is providing the EMTs and vehicles for emergency ambulance transportation under the medical care and direction of Brea Fire Department Firefighters and Paramedics. The noticeable changes are the look of the two ambulances, which are now red to match the department’s fire apparatus, and that they respond directly from Brea Fire Stations 2 and 3. Having the ambulances and EMTs at our fire stations enables them to train and work more closely with our Brea firefighters. The department is pleased to have developed this partnership which strives to deliver the most comprehensive emergency medical service to the community in the quickest amount of time.