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314 West Cook Street #8
Santa Maria, California 93458

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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.

Fire Department Organization Chart


Champion_Leonard (Nov 2016)LEONARD CHAMPION
Fire Chief

City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2255
City Fax: (805) 928-4746



Firefighter of the Year Recipients


  • B.S. California State University, Long Beach
  • Chief Officer Certificate, California State Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Fire Chief, City of Santa Maria
  • Fire Battalion Chief, City of Santa Maria
  • Fire Captain, City of Santa Maria
  • Fire Engineer, City of Santa Maria
  • Firefighter, City of Santa Maria
  • Reserve Firefighter, City of Santa Maria


  • Fire Chiefs Association of Santa Barbara County
  • California Fire Chiefs Association
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Santa Maria Rotary
  • Allan Hancock College Fire Academy Instructor


  • Married with two children
  • Member of First Christian Church
  • Any outdoor activity

Description Of Responsibilities

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.

2016-17 Goals/Objectives

  1. Develop a Strategic Plan that builds a community-wide shared vision; provides short-term direction; optimizes use of resources; and sets goals and objectives through a continuous and systematic process that guides the members of the Department in making decisions about the future of the organization and how success will be measured to include creating an internal communications process that promotes and ensures the effectiveness of top-down/bottom-up communication.  
  2. Update the Department’s Standards of Response Coverage encompassing the adoption of written policies and procedures that determine the distribution, concentration and reliability of fixed and mobile response forces necessary to provide services to an “all risk” public safety agency.  
  3. Fully implement Target Solutions for the provision of on-line training; development and distribution of the Department’s Annual Training Calendar; management of individual training records; and, dissemination of training reports.
  4. Coordinate an annual City-wide exercise designed to familiarize City departments with the City’s adopted Multi-hazard Functional Plan and functions of the EOC, facilitate the identification of deficiencies in the plan, and modify the plan as appropriate.
  5. Create a collaborative relationship between labor and management to effectively and efficiently identify potential conflict situations; generate alternative solutions for consideration; and, strive toward reaching consensus decisions supported by objective criteria.
  6. Conduct an analysis of the types of on-the-job injuries, their causes, apparatus or equipment involved and cost related to loss of work and medical treatment and develop strategies to reduce their occurrence and severity.
  7. Conduct an analysis of the Department’s Fire and Life Safety sub-program for appropriateness of services provided; alternative delivery systems; opportunities for collaboration with other City departments; and, management oversight.
  8. Integrate the current policies and procedures into Lexipol, evaluate the relevancy of each policy and revise as needed, use Lexipol as the benchmark for all future policies.
  9. Continue to participate as part of a multi-department collaborative taskforce to research and identify a Computer Automated Dispatch system and radio system that meets the ongoing needs of the various City departments.
  10. Ensure the successful changeover of the current Interspiro Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, 4500 psi system to a Scott/MSA SCBA, 5500 psi system, including the upgrade of compressor units to address the increase in bottle pressure.




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