Verdugo Fire and Rescue

fire and life safety educational programs


Verdugo Fire and Rescue is a unique area-based fire agency. Covering three cities including South Pasadena, San Marino, and San Gabriel, Verdugo Fire and Rescue provides both fire and EMS services around the clock. CFPO has engaged with Verdugo Fire as a partner and we’re excited about this important collaboration.

Services provided by CFPO include:

  • FREE smoke alarms
  • FREE CO detectors
  • Neighborhood canvassing and free smoke alarm installations
  • School visits and creation of a “Junior Fire Inspector” cadre of students
  • A public safety fair

Department Information

817 Mound Avenue
(626) 403-7300

The South Pasadena Fire Department currently has 18 sworn personnel. In house staffing currently consists of 6 personnel on duty as follows; 1 Captain, 2 Engineers and 3 Firefighter/Paramedics each day. The department operates on a 48/96 schedule.

Battalion Chief coverage is provided by a contract agreement for management between the cities of South Pasadena, San Marino and San Gabriel. Battalion 9 operates from station 91 in San Marino.

Equipment is staffed as follows:
Engine 81 is a 2007 Pierce Arrow XT with 4 personnel (1 Captain, 2 Engineers and 1 FF/PM)
RA 81 is a 2009 E450 Type III ambulance with 2 Firefighter/Paramedics
Air Utility 81, a 1997 Freightliner FL70, is cross-staffed by the second Engineer from E 81

Mario Rueda
On January 11, 2016, Chief Mario Rueda took the helm as Chief of the Verdugo Cities Fire Command, overseeing the three independent fire departments in San Gabriel, San Marino, and South Pasadena.

City Information

Population 25,619
White alone 13,922 Asian alone 7,973

Sergio Gonzalez, City Manager
1414 Mission Street
(626) 403-7210
The South Pasadena City Council appointed Sergio Gonzalez as City Manager in May 2012, after he served in an interim capacity when previous City Manager John Davidson left in November 2011.

City Data
Population: 5,254 (2013)
(72.5%) White,Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,545 persons (49.4%)

Phone: 626-403-7297
1422 Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Chief of Police : Arthur J. Miller
Arthur J. Miller was appointed Chief of Police February 25, 2013

Huntington Memorail (Level 2)
To contact the Emergency/Trauma Center, please call (626) 397-5112
USC (Level 1)
Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
LA County + USC Medical Center
2051 Marengo Street, IPT, C5L100
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 409-7761