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Operations Division

Operations personnel work a 48/96 work schedule that comprises 2 complete days on duty with 4 days off duty in a rotation system. There are 3 platoons or shifts of firefighters to fully staff this rotation system. Each shift has 28 firefighters and one Battalion Chief for a total of 29 safety personnel on duty each day of the year.

 We respond to natural and man-made emergencies including the following type of incidents:


Santa Barbara City Firefighters battle a fire on Stearn's Wharf

  • Structure Fires
  • Wildland Fires
  • Vehicle Fires
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Accidents
  • Harbor Incidents
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Explosions
  • Aircraft Emergencies
  • Flooding
  • Earthquake
  • Rescues

In 2018, the City of Santa Barbara Fire Department responded to 10,341 calls for service.  Over 60% of the calls (6353) were medical emergencies.

As part of the local and master mutual aid system, SBFD provides resources to the neighboring operational area and throughout the state of California.    

In addition to emergency responses, Engine Companies also conduct prevention inspections and deliver fire safety public education for the community of Santa Barbara.

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Training Division

Our division provides standardized training for department members. This division insures that the fire department meets or exceeds all Federal, State and Local requirements, certifications, and mandates. It also is active in developing and evaluating new programs for the department.

Directions to Training Tower

Operations and Training Contacts

Lee Waldron
Operations Division Chief
Operations and Training Divisions
General Line
(805) 965-5254
James McCoy
Battalion Chief, "A" Shift
Robert Mercado
Training Battalion Chief
Michael de Ponce
Battalion Chief, "B" Shift
Training Captain

Joe Tieso

Acting Battalion Chief, "C" Shift


Last Updated: Nov 11, 2020
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