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Garden Grove/Orange County Fire Authority Transition

Frequently Asked Questions

The City has contracted with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) for fire department services. Here are some frequently asked questions that you may also have. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at 714-741-5600 during business hours or email at

To learn more about the OCFA, please visit their website at

Why is the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) providing fire service to the City of Garden Grove?

After a lengthy & detailed assessment of methods of delivering fire department services, the City Council voted on April 9, 2019 to contract with the OCFA.

The City is contracting with the OCFA to enhance fire and paramedic services that meet or exceed industry standards to the residents, businesses, and visitors of Garden Grove.

When is the OCFA going to begin providing service to Garden Grove?

The transition to the OCFA will be effective at 8:00 a.m. on August 16, 2019.

Why are there OCFA crews in the City already?

Members of the Garden Grove Fire Department (GGFD) have been in training with the OCFA to ensure a seamless transition on the first day of service with the OCFA. To ensure uninterrupted service to the city during the transition period, OCFA crews are covering GGFD stations.

Will I have to do anything different if I have an emergency?

No. If you have an emergency, call 911.

What will be different when the OCFA begins to provide service?

One significant change that residents will see immediately is the increased staffing of paramedics on all fire apparatus.

Each fire unit will have four (4) fire fighters with two of them functioning as paramedics. This is an increase of 40% in paramedic staffing compared to the current deployment model.

Will any of the current fire stations be closed?

No. All of the seven (7) fire stations will remain open.

How long is the OCFA going to be providing service to the City?

The City has entered into a 10-year contract with the OCFA.

What will happen to the GGFD?

Members of the GGFD will become employees of the OCFA.

All of the fire apparatus will only have OCFA markings.

Will the OCFA participate in public education or public events?

Yes. The OCFA has an Education and Public Outreach program that residents and businesses can make requests through.
To reach the Education and Public Outreach program, call 714-573-6200 or submit an Education & Public Outreach Request through their website.

Will the fire stations continue to be numbered 1 – 7?

No. The new numbering of fire stations in Garden Grove will be as follows:

  • FS 80 – 14162 Forsyth Lane
  • FS 81 – 11261 Acacia Parkway (formerly 11301 Acacia Parkway)
  • FS 82 – 11805 Gilbert Street
  • FS 83 – 12132 Trask Avenue
  • FS 84 – 12191 Valley View Street
  • FS 85 – 12751 Western Avenue
  • FS 86 – 12232 West Street