What We Do
Staffed by state agency CAL FIRE, the County Fire Department is under a contract with the County of San Luis Obispo and has been since 1930. County Fire responds to emergencies and other requests for assistance while also planning for and takes action to prevent emergencies and to reduce their impact in SLO County. The department also coordinates regional emergency response efforts and educates the communities we serve. Acting as a single, consolidated emergency response agency, County Fire and CAL FIRE also provide contract fire services to Los Osos, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach and Cayucos.
What We Did in 2014
County Fire had a busy year with several accomplishments in 2014. Beyond its capacity as one of the County’s first responders to emergencies and other requests for assistance, the department was an integral part of the County’s Drought Task Force, led and participated in a variety of emergency training exercises, and added services and technology to better serve the people of SLO County.
The department assisted with contingency planning for the worst drought on record as an important member of the County’s Drought Task Force and successfully secured six 20,000-gallon bladder bags of non-potable water, which can be stored on a palette and deployed strategically throughout the county in a matter of hours if needed in a fire emergency.
County Fire also led and participated in a variety of training exercises in 2014. County Fire personnel led four emergency training exercises with a 50-person interagency incident management team and participated in a FEMA-evaluated hostile-action exercise at Diablo Canyon Power Plant.
Additionally, County Fire added two fire departments to its dispatch in 2014: Camp Roberts Fire Department and Morro Bay Fire Department. It also continued to add mobile data computers on fire engines to improve response times with more accurate mapping and data collection by providing intelligence to better inform decisions.
County Fire will keep SLO County citizens safe and healthy in 2015 and beyond as it continues to serve the community with pride.