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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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 CAL FIRE Issues County-Wide

Burn Ban

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California Drought Update

With California facing one of the most severe droughts on record, Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January and  directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. The state has continued to lead the way to make sure California is able to cope with an unprecedented drought.      Read More   

Tree Mortality

There are publications available on-line that may help.  For more information about this issue statewide we have attached the CAL FIRE Tree Mortality Presentation. Additional information can be found in the Tree Note series of publications from CAL FIRE provides information on bark beetles, other forest pests, and how to identify dead and dying trees.

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

Campfire Safety Tips

Here are a few tips to help you stay safe with your campfire this summer  Read More

 2015 Pismo Beach Fire Department Status Report

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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

2015 CCOP Annual Operating Plan  Login Page

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.  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

Sky Lanterns Prohibited in San Luis Obispo County

On May 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 districts.
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Public Education Flyer
The Heart Rescue Project
Medtronic 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.
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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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