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Health and Safety - Tuolumne County Profile
Health and Safety

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Life and Property Emergency Response

Why is this important?

Appropriate response to emergencies can save lives and property. The number of emergency fire and emergency medical services (EMS) incidents increased more than the population and visitors to the county increased in recent years.

In addition to services traditionally provided by most fire protection agencies nationwide, the county has the responsibility of addressing severe wildland fire protection. Wildland fires constitute the most significant major disaster threat in the county. To complicate the problem, tens of thousands of structures are interspersed within the wildland area.

What is the measure?

Emergency medical, rescue, and fire protection services are primarily provided by the seven fire protection districts, Tuolumne County Fire Department (TCFD) and Sonora City Fire Department. Tuolumne County Ambulance Service provides advanced life support emergency medical services.

We measured the:

  • Number and types of emergency incidents within each jurisdiction
  • Total number of incidents each jurisdiction responded to, including assistance to other jurisdictions, and their response times

How are we doing?

Volunteer firefighters are not as plentiful or as available as in the past. The various fire protection agencies are extremely dependent upon one another (through automatic aid agreements) to meet emergency incident staffing needs. A single emergency often diminishes fire protection in a majority of the core area of the county, and other resources are often brought in from outside. Meeting the resource needs for a second significant emergency can be a challenge.

Tuolumne County - Central Sierra Mountains