314 West Cook Street #8
Santa Maria, California 93458

The Fire Department provides all risk emergency services, as well as public education programs, fire prevention, and life safety measures to the City's residents. These services support the Fire Department's mission of effectively preserving lives and protecting property. The department provides Emergency Services, which include pre-hospital emergency medical services at the Emergency Medical Technician I (EMT-1) level; response to structural, vehicular and vegetation fires, hazardous materials response, water rescue, trench rescue, public assistance and other emergencies. The department also administers a hazardous materials business plan program in cooperation with Santa Barbara County.

Photo of Fire Chief Dan Orr   DANIEL J. ORR
Fire Chief

City Phone: (805) 925-0951 x255
City Fax: (805) 928-4746
Email: Fire Chief Dan Orr

Firefighter of the Year Recipients
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  • BS California State University, Long Beach
  • Fire Chief, City of Santa Maria, December 2011 to present
  • Fire Battalion Chief, City of Santa Maria, April 2004 to December 2011
  • Fire Operations Division Chief, City of Santa Maria, January 2001 to April 2004
  • Fire Chief / Emergency Services Coordinator, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department,
    December 1998 to January 2001
  • Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department,
    July 1996 to December 1998
  • Fire Captain, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department, July 1994 to July 1996
  • Engineer / Officer in Charge, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department,
    September 1987 to July 1994
  • Paid Call Firefighter, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department
    April 1985 to September 1987


  • Fire Chiefs Association of Santa Barbara County
  • California Fire Chiefs Association
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Catholic Charities


  • Married with two children
  • General interests include spending time with family


The Fire Chief is responsible for policy and general direction for the Fire Department; provides administrative support for senior fire management staff, and actively participates as a member of the City management team. The Chief represents the City regarding fire and life safety issues on a regional and statewide basis. Additionally, the Chiefs' office provides financial oversight, advanced planning, intra agency coordination, and deals with issues of Community concern.

Mission Statement
The principle mission of the Santa Maria Fire Department is the preservation of life and the protection of property within the City of Santa Maria. Our services will be delivered in the most efficient, cost-effective, and professional manner possible.

2013-14 Goals/Objectives

  1. Completely outfit and train all sworn department personnel in the operation and maintenance of the new Type I engines before taking delivery of them.
  2. Continue the Listos/Ready and CERT programs to effectively engage and strengthen the non-English speaking (Hispanic) populationís understanding about public safety/disaster preparedness, and to promote trust in local government, and foster civic participation.
  3. Completely outfit and train all sworn personnel in the operation and maintenance of the new Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting vehicle for dedicated use at the Santa Maria Public Airport.
  4. Amend and adopt the 2013 California Fire Code to ensure protection of life and property within the community.
  5. Update the Cityís Multi-Hazard Functional Plan to comply with Federal, State and local planning guidelines, and obtain draft plan approval by the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Services.
  6. Update all map books aboard fire engines, Battalion Chief trucks, and at each fire station, with Geographic Information Systems data depicting the redrawn fire response zones matched to the street index, in an effort to assist in call deployment.
  7. Work collaboratively with Santa Barbara County Public Health Department on the transition of the Certified Unified Program Agency administration from the County Fire Department to the County Public Health Department.
  8. Integrate the California Joint Apprenticeship Committee guidelines into the Fire Departmentís training program in an effort to establish standards for departmental training and to provide supplemental training and equipment.
  9. Continue to work with representatives of the Firefighters Union Local 2020 to develop a program guide for a viable Risk Management Prevention Program.
  10. Continue to prepare for evaluation and rating by the Insurance Services Office, which determines fire insurance rates within the City limits.