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Public EducationOffice of Emergency Services

The City of Santa Barbara Fire Department’s public education program offers comprehensive fire and life safety education to the community to reduce the loss of life and property. It includes activities that are designed to provide a variety of safety programs appropriate for all ages. Some of the programs that we offer are bilingual and are listed below.


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training:

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates participants about disaster preparedness for hazards that can impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to disaster training and organization to asset your family and neighbors. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced.

Community Disaster Education Presentation:  

This program is designed to bring disaster education into all venues, including but not limited to, businesses, home owner associations, community center, etc. This program is tailored for meetings that have limited time for a presentation.  This CDE Presentation will assist in better preparing your staff, residences and/or community for any type of disaster or emergency.

Listos Program:

(This program was develop to provide individuals and families with basic emergency and disaster preparedness education. LISTOS is a basic curriculum offered to all populations that desire to learn in an informal conversational setting. Instruction includes the following: Identifying Vulnerabilities, Creating a Communication/ Family Plan, Important Document Back-Up, Utilities Shut-Off, Fire Extinguisher Use, Basic Injury Care, Emotional Support.

 Fire Extinguisher Training:

The goal of this training is to better prepare local businesses, or community groups on how to operate a fire extinguisher during an emergency situation. The cost of the training will be as follows:

$119.00 for up to 10 people

$5.00 every person after

$16.00 for each extinguisher used. (Usually it takes from 3-5 people per extinguisher

*NOTE: We will bill after the training, once we have the final headcount and number of extinguishers used

Fire Safety House:

The Fire Safety House Program has been in existence for over 28 years and it serves 3rd grade students in both private and public schools. There are up to 14 schools visited during the spring semester; over 800 students participate each year. Each elementary school was given the opportunity to schedule a time. The house is an inflatable structure that has three rooms in, a kitchen, living room, and a bedroom. In each room, we teach Fire Safety pertinent to the particular room pointing out hazards like frayed electrical cords, candles burning too close to curtains or handles of a pot on the stove that are not turned inward. In the bedroom we charge smoke and the student’s practice getting down low and crawling to the window where they are instructed to roll out onto an inflated target. They then dial 9-1-1 and giving their address and the nature of the emergency. The last stop is visiting the firefighters where they learn what a firefighter looks like with their fire gear on; how they sound and what they will do when they are on scene. The Santa Barbara City Fire Department’s Fire Safety House is led by a Cathy Wright, FSH Volunteer Coordinator. Cathy has been the Volunteer Fire Safety House Coordinator for 9 years.

Community Event’s:

When there is a need for the fire department or the Office of Emergency Services to provide the public, with safety education please contact Public Education Coordinator and we will be happy to attend you event

Hand’s Only CPR:

We offer Hand’s Only CPR to the community. If you would like to schedule a Hands Only CPR Session please contact Public Education Officer. This is offered to Local Businesses, Schools, and Community Groups

Station Tours/School Visits

The Fire Department would be happy to have visitors at the station! If you would like to set up a date please contact the Public Education Officer or the Fire Station directly. We ask that you notify us beforehand due to emergency calls or training. School visits are also available. Unlike the FSH for 3rd graders this would just be a single engine to teach the students about fire preparedness without the FHS elements

 Specific Presentations/Drills:

The Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services offers specific presentations on all hazards. We also assist with evacuation drills at local business


If you would like to Schedule for a program please contact Liliana Encinas (Bilingual Outreach Coordinator). 805-564-5778 or at 

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2019
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