The Schell-Vista Fire Protection District was officially created in 1955 and grew out of the Schell-Vista Fire Department which was started by local ranchers in 1942.
The District is staffed by dedicated employees, volunteer officers, and firefighters who maintain a 24/7 presence through staffing assignments, sleeper shifts and on call status. The District responds to about 500 calls per year.
The District is supported by the Schell-Vista Firefighters Association.
The district and association also sponsor the Schell-Vista Fire Explorer Post 911, many members of which have gone on to become volunteer or full time firefighters.