The mission of the Pauma Reservation Fire Department is to be “Dedicated To Customer Service” by providing emergency services to protect the lives and property of tribal citizens, employees, guests and neighbors of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians.
The Pauma Reservation Fire Department is a 12-person, full-time professional fire department that primarily serves the Pauma Reservation and the 86,000-square-foot Pauma Casino. The Pauma Reservation Fire Department has mutual aid agreements with CAL FIRE, Valley Center, Pala, Rincon and San Pasqual Reservation Fire Departments. The Pauma Reservation Fire Department works a 56-hour week, which consists of two days on and four days off. Our full-time staff is also augmented by our reserve firefighters, who work on a part-time, voluntary basis.
Construction of our state-of-the-art fire station, located at 800 Pauma Reservation Road, was completed in October of 2009. Our fire station has a 2009 Seagrave Type 1 fire engine, and on-duty fire personnel cross-staff a 2015 Pierce Type 3 brush fire engine. We average approximately 350 emergency responses per year.
Pauma Fire Department Station 69 is also a safe surrender site. First created in January 2001, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law was signed permanently into state law in January 2006. The law’s intent is to save lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely surrender the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked.
Pauma Fire Department Station 69 can be reached at 760-742-1488 during normal business hours (8:00 am – 5:00 pm), but in an emergency do not call the station and dial 9-1-1. Station personnel can be out of the station on an emergency, training, or conducting normal business and are not always available to be reached through the business line. In an emergency, ALWAYS DIAL 9-1-1!
Pauma Tribal Police Department
The Pauma Tribal Police Department was established in August 2006 to prevent crime, preserve the peace, protect property, prevent unlawful disturbances, make arrests when necessary and to investigate public offenses occurring on the Pauma/Yuima Reservation and trust lands.The department and its individual members work, without favor or prejudice, cooperatively with the public and other public safety agencies to provide a safe community and strive to enhance the quality of life for tribal residents, employees and guests. The rights of the people as provided by the Pauma Band’s Articles of Association and the Constitution of the United States are protected through fair and impartial enforcement of the law.
Dwane Sherman — Chief of Police