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.
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).