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.

2014-15 Goals/Objectives

  1. Take delivery of, train personnel, and implement the new Emergency Medical Services reporting solution (electronic tablets) for all medical responses within the City.
  2. Explore the feasibility of potential cost recovery solutions and services for significant events.
  3. Identify a third-party independent contractor to develop a Fire Service Master Plan that will review existing departmental operations and bring forward a recommendation for efficiencies.
  4. Coordinate a City-wide disaster exercise, involving multiple departments, utilizing the Multi-hazard Functional Plan and refine Emergency Operations Center functions.
  5. Begin an Engine Company-based prevention outreach program concentrating on assembly occupancies, as a proactive measure.
  6. Continue to work with representatives of the Firefighters' Union Local 2020 to develop a program guide for a viable Risk Management Prevention Program.
  7. Create a communications task force to further refine the Departmentís communication process, to ensure that internal and external communications are effective.
  8. Work collaboratively with the Santa Barbara County (County) on the transition of the Certified Unified Program Agency program as it relates to reviewing Hazardous Material Business Plans.
  9. In conjunction with the Police Department and Department of Administrative Services, identify a systematic plan to upgrade the public safety Computer Aided Dispatch system, in an effort to increase firefighter and all emergency worker safety, maximize efficient deployment of public safety personnel, and improve public safety response times.
  10. Create a policy review committee to ensure policies and procedures are updated to reflect industry best practices.