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.
state agency, functions as the
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.
provides contract fire services to the communities of Los
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.
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.
Integrity, Competence, Teamwork, Courage, Commitment
Transition out of Fire Season
Luis Obispo County
Recent rains and cooler temperatures across the
region have lowered the threat of wildfires allowing
CAL FIRE’s San
Luis Obispo Unit to transition out of fire season
effective Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 8 a.m.
Annual Open Burn Season Starts December 8th, 2014
San Luis Obispo County -
December 8, 2014 marks the start of the
2014-2015 open burn season in San Luis Obispo
County. The burn season, which typically runs
through the end of April, allows the burning of
residential yard trimmings in backyards and
agricultural waste. Open burn season normally
closes at the end of April when local fire agencies
typically predict an increasing risk of wildfires
from drying brush and grass.
burning requires a permit from the San Luis Obispo
County Air Pollution Control District (APCD).
Until further notice, burn permits from CAL FIRE are
With the potential for significant rainfall and
strong winds, we should be prepared for power
outages, check roof drains to make sure they are
clear, stockpile needed emergency supplies, double
check to make sure radios and phones are fully
charged, have back up batteries for portable radios,
phones, and flashlights and otherwise get as well
prepared as possible.
Anyone who thinks their
home or business could be flooded should take
precautions before a storm arrives. These
precautions include obtaining sandbags ahead of
time; many local equipment and feed and supply
stores carry sandbags and an informal check this
week indicates that most are well stocked.
2015 Fire Season application period is now open!
Fire Fighter I
is a seasonal, temporary classification used by
Fire Fighter I hiring usually occurs each April, May, or June,
depending upon the upcoming fire season conditions.
Minimum Qualifications to participate in the Fire Fighter I
examination is that you must be 18 years of age at the time of
appointment to a Firefighter I position.
You must file a
Fire Fighter I application
(1.1MB PDF) at each CAL FIRE Unit in which
you wish to be considered for appointment. For a listing of CAL FIRE
Units, please refer to
The filing period for the
Fire Fighter I Exam Annoucement (PDF) (54K PDF)
is November 1,2014 to January 31,
Applications will not be accepted at Sacramento
Headquarters, Region Offices, or Conservation Camps
2015 CAL FIRE / SLO County Fire /
State Fire Training Present
"Fireline Safety Awarness for Hired Vendors"
class flyer for Febuary 7 or 8, 2015
CAL FIRE Grants
FIRE offers several grant opportunities available
through three programs: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds
(GGRF), State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund
(SRAFPF) and Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA).
FIRE Urges Caution Due to High Fire Danger!
CAL FIRE is urging Californians to be extremely
cautious, especially for the next few days, due
to the current weather conditions increasing
fire danger. The National Weather Service has
issued Red Flag Warnings
County-Wide Burn Ban to Start July 1st 2014
increased fire activity, this year, coupled with
record-setting drought conditions, require us to take
every step possible to prevent new wildfires from
starting. In order to reduce potential ignitions
CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo is
suspending all burning permits and open fires within the
State Responsibility Area and within the Local
Responsibility Area under contract with CAL FIRE
beginning July 1, 2014. This burn suspension will remain
in effect until there is enough precipitation to reduce
the fire threat.
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.
2014 CCOP Annual Operating Plan
CAL FIRE 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.
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.
The Heart Rescue Project
Lanterns Prohibited in San Luis
7, 2013 the County Board of
Supervisors passed an ordinance
prohibiting the ignition and
launching of sky lanterns in the
County areas outside the
incorporated cities and fire
Public Education Flyer
Foundation, is dedicated to improving
how sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is
recognized, treated and measured in the
United States. Community response
education is an important component of
the program’s mission. Go to the
HeartRescue Project resource page for
more information about SCA.
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
Live Incident Mapper
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.
FIRE PROMO VIDEO
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
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