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The County Fire Department responds to emergencies and other requests for assistance, plans for and takes action to prevent emergencies and to reduce their impact, coordinates regional emergency response efforts, and educates the communities we serve. CAL FIRE a California state agency, functions as the County Fire Department under a contract with the County of San Luis Obispo, and has done so since 1930.  Approximately 180 full-time state employees operate the Department, supplemented by as many as 100 state seasonal fire fighters, 300 County paid-call (PCF) and reserve fire fighters, and 120 state inmate fire fighters. 

In addition, County Fire provides contract fire services to the communities of Los Osos and Avila Beach.  CAL FIRE also provides local contract fire services to the City of Pismo Beach and, during non-fire season, to the community of Cayucos.  Department activities are split between three Service Programs:  Emergency Response, Training and Support, and Technical Services.

Mission Statement

To serve and safeguard the people and protect the property and resources of San Luis Obispo County through education preparedness and emergency response.


The San Luis Obispo County Fire Department will exceed expectations and maintain the highest standards of preparedness, training, and emergency response.

Core Values

Integrity, Competence, Teamwork, Courage, Commitment

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4th of July Fire Safety

4th of July and Firework SafetyMany Californians will be celebrating our nation's independence with fireworks, and CAL FIRE wants to stress the importance of fireworks safety and the State's zero tolerance against illegal fireworks. Serious injuries and millions of dollars in property loss happen each year from wildfires sparked by fireworks. More...     

Local Press Release

All fireworks (use, sale, possession) are illegal in San Luis Obispo County. There is zero tolerance for the sale and use of fireworks. Violation will result in a misdemeanor citation with a $2,000 fine.
EXCEPTION: State regulated “Safe and Sane” fireworks are only legal to use, sell and possess within the following jurisdictions:

1. San Miguel Community Services District, Safe and Sane Only
2. Templeton Community Services District, Safe and Sane Only
3. City of Arroyo Grande, Safe and Sane Only
4. City of Grover Beach, Safe and Sane Only
5. Oceano Community Services District, Safe and Sane Only
6. City of Morro Bay, Safe and Sane Only on private property

The use of all fireworks is prohibited in all other areas and cities of San Luis Obispo County. The public is encouraged to celebrate our nation’s independence by attending a professional fireworks display.

1. Pismo Beach Pier
2. Cayucos Pier
3. Santa Maria – Pioneer Valley High School Stadium
4. Cambria – Shamel Park

CAL FIRE Urges Fireworks Safety Video     Fireworks Safety Fact Sheet

CAL FIRE  -  Suspends Burning Permits July 1st, 2016

July 1, 2016 also marks the end of the open burn season. Burning authorized under Backyard Burn Permits issued by the Air Pollution Control District (APCD) will be suspended until the end of fire season.     Press Release     Read More

Spanish Ranch Memorial

This is the first in a series of proposed site memorials to honor the fallen firefighters of San Luis Obispo County.
The Spanish Ranch Memorial is intended as a tribute to the four men who lost their lives fighting the Spanish Ranch Fire which started on August 15th 1979.  Read More

County Drought Task Force

The task force will review water allocations and the state’s preparedness, as well as coordinate with federal and local agencies.  Read More

2016 CCOP Annual Operating Plan 

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EMS Program EMT Re-Cert Application 

The CAL FIRE EMS Program has begun to issue Emergency Medical Technician Re-Certification cards. Through the EMS Program, CAL FIRE employees shall recertify every two years. Seasonal Firefighters are eligible only when employed, but can recertify up to six months early while still working and maintain the same expiration date.  Read More

Carbon Monoxide: The Invisible Killer

The One Less Spark—One Less Wildfire campaign educates Californians about how to prevent wildfires inadvertently caused by sparks from sources around the home and vehicle, as well as by industrial usage. Read More

Fire Prevention Fee Questions  ??
Assembly Bill X129 was signed into law on July 7, 2011. The law approves the new, annual Fire Prevention Fee to pay for fire prevention services within the SRA.  Read more

            Wildfire Awareness Week is May 2-8. Wildfire is coming. Is your home ready?
Live Incident Mapper

The San Luis Obispo County Fire Department is pleased to announce the development of this new Dashboard.

This application will display Incident locations of the last 50 calls. Click Here


Responding to all types of emergencies on a daily basis is the job done by 90 percent of the CAL FIRE workforce. Those emergencies take the form of wildland fires, residential/commercial structure fires, automobile accidents, heart attacks, drowning, lost hikers, hazardous material spills on highways, train wrecks, floods, earthquakes - the list is endless. CAL FIRE firefighters, fire engines and aircraft respond to an average of more than 5,600 wildland fires, and answer the call more than 350,000 times for other emergencies each year.    See Video

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