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314 West Cook Street #8
Santa Maria, California 93458

Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Fridays.

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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

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.

2019-20 Goals and Objectives

  1. Use Measure Measure U funding to enhance emergency services by hiring nine Firefighters to staff a new response unit at Fire Station No. 1, and hire a Deputy Fire Chief, two Fire Prevention Inspectors, and an Office Assistant. Additionally, Measure U maintains 10 full-time department positions.
  2. To improve emergency response times within the downtown core, use Measure U funds to purchase and place into service a second engine company at Fire Station No. 1.
  3. Update the “Safe and Sane” fireworks booth permitting process to reflect a more equitable means for non-profit organizations to participate, by coordinating community education and bringing a proposal to the City Council to update the Municipal Code and have administration handled by the Recreation and Parks Department.
  4. Maintain or enhance a 90 percent average response time standard performance of seven minutes for call for service to first responders arriving on-scene.
  5. Continue to review and refine the Department’s Strategic Plan which provides short- and long-term direction and optimizes the use of resources, thereby setting goals and objectives while also creating an internal communications process that promotes and ensures the effectiveness of top-down/bottom-up communication.
  6. Utilizing information in the Department’s Strategic Plan, complete the update of the 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.
  7. Complete first review and transmit approval, approval subject to correction, or plan rejection for 90 percent of 2,000 fire plan reviews within 20 working days of submittal annually. Complete second and subsequent plan reviews for 90 percent of 1,500 plan reviews within 10 working days of submittal. This performance objective is based upon current staffing.
  8. Design and remodel the Fire Administration offices to accommodate additional staff funded by Measure U, and to improve functionality, resulting in improved external and internal customer service.
  9. Continue to participate as part of a multi-department collaborative taskforce to implement a Computer Automated Dispatch system and radio system that meets the ongoing needs of the various City departments.
  10. 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, including behavioral health concerns.

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