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Mission Statement

To serve and safeguard the community from the impacts of fires, medical emergencies, environmental emergencies, and natural disasters through leadership, planning, education, prevention, code enforcement, and all-hazard emergency response.

About the Department

The Santa Barbara County Fire Protection District encompasses approximately 2,480 square miles, providing services to an estimated population of 172,000.  This includes the unincorporated areas of the County as well as the cities of Buellton, Solvang, and Goleta. 


The Fire Department responds from 16 fire station locations to all types of emergencies, including: fire, medical, rescue, and hazardous materials incidents.  Each fire station is staffed around the clock with a minimum of 3 firefighters and a Type I (structure) engine.  Specialized equipment such as Type III (wildland) fire engines, water tenders, paramedic rescue ambulances, technical rescue and water rescue equipment are strategically placed throughout the County and are cross-staffed with existing engine personnel.  In addition to fire station response capabilities, the Department staffs and responds with helicopters, bulldozers and hand crews to fire, pre-fire, flood, and other disasters.


The Fire Department maximizes the services provided to the community by cross-training firefighters and operating specialized programs out of crucial locations.  Specialized programs include:  paramedic services, ambulance transport services, water rescue services, urban search and rescue services, a search dog program, an arson dog program, and child car seat safety checks and installations.  Safety personnel are also deployed in specialized Support Services and Fire Prevention staff assignments.

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