CAMARILLO, Calif. – On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at 11:20 a.m., a radio message was broadcast throughout the county officially welcoming the Oxnard Fire Department to the Ventura County Regional Dispatch Center.
More than a year in the making, the consolidation of Oxnard fire and Emergency Medical Services dispatch services allows the closest available resource, such as a fire engine or ambulance, to be tracked and dispatched by a single dispatch center to all emergencies.
“Today is a historic moment because for the first time, all fire and EMS emergency responses are being coordinated from one communications center,” said Battalion Chief Kelly White of the Ventura County Fire Department. “This improves our ability to share information and work collaboratively between agencies to provide fast, reliable service for the communities that we serve.”
The agreement allows for the blending of jurisdictional lines and provides the most efficient response services for all communities. Oxnard City and VCFD resources now operate on a common computer-aided dispatch system and share common radio frequencies. This change reduces response times and improves emergency services for residents of both jurisdictions.
“The integration of all fire and EMS agencies is a great example of what can happen when governments come together,” said Mark Lorenzen, Ventura County Fire Chief. “Thanks to the cooperative efforts of the County Board of Supervisors, Oxnard city officials and fire chiefs from all participating agencies, first responders will work side by side, regardless of their agency to provide emergency response.”
The Ventura County Regional Dispatch Center system handles fire and emergency medical calls for the six fire agencies in the County, including: Ventura County, Oxnard, Ventura, Fillmore, and the Santa Paula Fire Department. Additionally, VCRD dispatches three ambulance providers, Lifeline Medical Transport, American Medical Response (AMR) and AMR Gold Coast Ambulance.