In addition to emergency responses Oxnard Firefighters actively educate, support, and provide services to the needs of the community. Many of the public service programs were founded by actual Oxnard Firefighters who simply wanted to make the city a better place and possibly prevent an emergency from ever happening. Oxnard Fire Department members have worked to get funding for various programs that would support the community. Some examples are as follows:
- Bike Helmets
- Swim Program
- Sidewalk CPR
- Pink T-shirt Campaign
- Beach Patrols
- Sister City- Ocotlán
- Fire Station Visits
- Heroes for Helpers
The Oxnard Fire Department was awarded a $9,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety to distribute free bicycle helmets to children, officials said. In addition, the Oxnard Firefighters Foundation raised $25,000 to cover the costs of distributing the helmets and providing educational information on how to properly use them. According to the state, 6 percent of all traffic collisions in Oxnard involve bicyclists. In 2011, 95 percent of bicyclists injured in Oxnard were not wearing a helmet, and all of the fatalities involved victims who were not wearing a helmet. The OFD distributed these helmets to various schools and continue to work on getting more helmets out to school children.
The Oxnard Firefighters takes a proactive role in the prevention of drowning in Oxnard’s community by positively influencing key factors shown to lead to drowning and drowning related injuries. We have chosen methods that are meaningful, actionable and practical in nature. In doing so, we intend to provide financial assistance for swimming lessons, the most basic tenet of aquatic safety education to those who are most at risk in our community.
Oxnard Fire Department will help you be prepared in the event of a disaster. Check out CERT and join our team!
You can find our firefighters at many events that occur throughout the year. They will teach you what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest. Click here for more information!
Pink T-shirt Campaign
During the month of October Oxnard Firefighters will wear pink breast cancer t-shirts to show our support and raise money for Ribbons of Life; a local breast cancer charity. Click here to support the cause!
Oxnard beaches do not have lifeguards, on holidays and high risk days the department will staff a beach patrol unit with USLA trained firefighters. These firefighters are trained on ocean rescue techniques and will help keep people out of rip currents, educate the public, and respond to emergencies on the sand.
Sister City- Ocotlán
The City of Oxnard has a sister city; Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico. In support of this effort Oxnard Fire will send retired equipment and even apparatus to help Los Bomberos De Ocotlán.