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A full-service fire department, your San Luis Obispo City Fire Department protects the lives and property of its residents and visitors from the adverse effects of fires, medical emergencies and other dangers caused by man or nature. We fulfill our mission with commitment, courage, and compassion.

Here are six functional areas of your San Luis Obispo City Fire Department, also captured in our organizational chart:

Fire Administration has a staff of four professionals who are responsible for planning, directing and evaluating all fire department programs and activities.  Primary functions of Fire Administration include department leadership; public information and support services; human resource recruitment, testing, and management; fiscal and contract management; administrative functions, strategic leadership coordination, and fund enhancement (such as grant application and management). They ensure our Emergency Response and Fire prevention personnel are trained, equipped, and supported to focus on delivering the more visible aspects of caring for our community during times of emergency, investigations, and development.

Fire Emergency Response (Operations) has a staff of 42 professional firefighters dedicated to 24/7 all-hazards emergency response, including advanced life support, and two skilled mechanics responsible for maintaining all specialty apparatus and equipment.  Visit our Emergency Response photos page or our Twitter feed to see our crews in action.

Fire Prevention & Education has a staff of five professionals who perform plans review, fire inspections, fire investigations, and public education coordination.

Fire Training has no dedicated staff: this functional area maintains the skills and certifications necessary for our diverse and highly technical emergency response mission. Visit our Training photos page to see the latest training activities.

Fire Technical Services has no dedicated staff: this functional area maintains supplies and equipment for our business operations.

Community Disaster Preparedness has no dedicated staff: this functional area connects with other City staff, citizens and community groups to increase San Luis Obispo's preparedness for and resilience in the event of disaster.

In an emergency, you simply want your Fire Department to work quickly, skillfully, and compassionately. We understand and have the same expectation of our service to you.

To learn more about our Fire Department, please visit the following links: