In a County as large and populated as San Luis
Obispo, no one emergency response agency can do it all. That is why
cooperative efforts via contracts are essential in response to
emergencies like wildland and structure fires, floods, earthquakes,
hazardous material spills, and medical aids in this County.
The CAL FIRE Cooperative Fire Protection Program staff are
responsible for coordinating agreements and contracts for this
County. It is because of these cooperative efforts that you may see
fire engines and firefighters from different agencies at the scene of
an emergency, working under a unified command relationship.
This regionalization of service saves a
considerable amount of money while leaving local control to
the Counties, Cities, and Districts governing boards and
communities. It is also because of these agreements that CAL FIRE is
able to provide dispatch, paramedic, fire, and rescue services in
most of San Luis Obispo's communities at a tremendous discount to
the tax payers of these communities, because of the elimination of
For more information on Contracting with Cal Fire
contact County Fire Chief
Community Services District
Los Osos Community Services District
San Luis Obispo County
Current Dispatch only
Cambria Health Care District
Camp Roberts Fire Department
Cayucos Fire Protection District
Morro Bay Fire Department
Miguel Fire Protection District
Santa Margarita Fire Department
Templeton Community Service District
Mutual aid is a formal agreement among our local
fire agencies to lend assistance across jurisdictional
boundaries when requested; either by an emergency that exceeds
local resources or a disaster.
The CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo
County Fire Department is a member of the
State of California Office of Emergency Services (OES)
Mutual Aid System. OES is comprised of six geographical regions
in the State of California with each region divided into several
areas that may consist of counties and/or cities. CAL FIRE / San
Luis Obispo is the County Coordination Dispatch Center. In an
event of an emergency, the local agency contacts the our
Coordinator Center and requests mutual aid companies to assist
them with their incident, e.g., earthquakes, fires, rescues haz
mats, terrorist events and floods.
Automatic aid is a program designed to provide
and/or receive assistance from the closest available resource,
irrespective of municipal boundaries. Automatic aid is
assistance dispatched automatically by contractual agreement
between two communities or fire districts.
It is a prearranged first-alarm response
according to a definite plan by geographical area.
The aid must be dispatched to reported
emergencies on the initial alarm.
The aid must be provided 24 hours a day, 365
days a year.
The aid must offset a need in the community.
For example, if a community needs a ladder company and the
fire department does not have one, but a neighboring
community's ladder company responds by automatic-aid