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.
SCOTT W. KENLEY
Interim Fire Chief
City Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2255
City Fax: (805) 928-4746
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.
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.
1. Implement with full configuration and training, new Emergency Medical Services reporting solution (electronic tablets), for all medical responses within the City.
2. Reduce the number of cover crews required for mandatory training by implementing a software program that provides online training in multiple subject areas and tracks training hours.
3. Explore the feasibility of potential cost recovery solutions and services for significant events.
4. 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.
5. 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 first responder safety, maximize deployment of public safety personnel, and improve public safety response times.
6. Complete the hiring process for Deputy Fire Chief, Battalion Chief and Engineer ranks, to ensure effective operations and succession planning.
7. Form a Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD), to bring together local nonprofit and faith-based stakeholders interested in responding to disasters in an effort to build better preparedness in an emergency.
8. Begin training staff in individual departments in the concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) so that in the event of a disaster, employees may better understand their roles and assist in the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
9. Purchase and install a new breathing air compressor at Fire Station No. 3 utilizing Assistance to Firefighters grant funding.
10. Work with the newly re-established Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) in the City to integrate this group into the City’s emergency plan.