The Tracy Fire Department provides service from seven (7) fire stations within the jurisdictions of the South County Fire Authority. Three (3) stations are located within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Tracy while three (3) additional fire stations are located within the boundaries of the Tracy Rural Fire Protection District. One (1) fire station serves the Mountain House Community Service District. This facility has a primary coverage area that includes the Mountain House CSD as well as portions of the rural area.
The South County Fire Authority was established in 1999 through a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JPA). A JPA is permitted under Section 6500 of the State Government Code and allows two or more government agencies to centralize responsibility in an effort to provide services across jurisdictional boundaries. A Joint Powers Authority is a distinct entity and requires its own Board of Directors. The Board of Directors for a JPA are given powers inherent in all of the participating agencies.
The jurisdictions currently covered under the South County Fire Authority JPA include: