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El Niño Storm Preparation

Following the City's recent sandbag handout, we would like to remind residents that NOW is the time to prepare. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an advisory warning that predicts a 95% chance of El Niño this year. Weather events associated with the El Niño could lead to disastrous flooding, mudslides and other emergencies. In anticipation of this potentially historic and intense El Niño season, all city departments are planning and preparing in case of such an event.

Prepare NOW!

Sandbags are normally only provided by the City when a Flood Watch has been declared. Sandbags are available for purchase at local home improvement retailers.  Please visit the City's Sandbag web page for more information.

Protect your property with sandbags



Welcome to our newest Firefighters

On September 18, Fire Academy Class #40 graduated after completing 10 weeks of training.  The recruits are now working at fire stations, but will continue to be tested and trained over the next year.  The 10 new Firefighters are:  Scott Aguailar, Ashlan Alldredge, Kenny Constantinides, Derek Doler, Matt Hayes, James Heidlebaugh, Billy Larsen, Eddie Luparello, Vincent Montejo, and Adrian Topete.

Academy Class with Chief McElroy 


Message from Fire Chief Pat McElroy


Mission Statement

We, the members of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of our community through the preservation of life, property and the environment.

About the Department

The City of Santa Barbara (SBFD) has operated continuously since 1881.  SBFD provides response to all-risk emergencies to an average daily population of 123,000 people (90,000 residents plus visitors) within the 23 square mile City jurisdiction.

The department consists of 3 divisions:  Administration, Operations and Training, and Fire Prevention, staffed by 105 employees.  90 firefighters are  assigned  to  the Operations Division, providing emergency response to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from 8 different station locations. Special response capabilities include Hazardous Materials, Water Rescue, and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF).

City of Santa Barbara Fire Department
925 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-5254

Business Hours
Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm
(Closed Alternate Fridays)

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2015