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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.

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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

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:

  • 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

 COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • 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.

2020-21 Goals and Objectives

  1. Achieve an overall turnout time performance of 80 seconds or less, 90 percent of the time for priority fires and special operations; and 60 seconds or less, 90 percent of the time for all other priority responses. (Turnout time is measured when a response unit receives the call to the time it arrives at an incident).
  2. Utilizing the City's technology investment, improve the collection and analysis of incident data through GIS hardware, software, and training, to further identify response strengths and weaknesses.
  3. To improve public safety, develop scheduled and ongoing hydrant maintenance procedures that align with the Utilities Department.
  4. Continue analyzing on-the-job injuries, costs related to loss of work and medical treatment, as well as develop strategies to reduce their occurrence and severity. Support and improve access to behavioral health programs.
  5. Develop a working group to create a Strategic Plan, utilizing the 2019 Standards of Cover report, which will provide short- and long-term direction for the department.
  6. Research and implement an electronic Fire Inspection program that integrates with the City’s municipal software for permitting and fire inspection tracking/workflow.
  7. Research and develop proposals to improve the City’s VHF analog radio system and hardware that ensures a reliable means of communicating with mutual aid resources, as well as providing a reliable back-up to the City’s digital radio system.
  8. Evaluate the current level of Emergency Medical Care and seek opportunities for improving pre-hospital care and services. Participate in county-wide discussions of mutual concern that look to improve overall EMS care, including dispatching the closest resource regardless of jurisdiction for the betterment of timely medical care.
  9. Complete a comprehensive review and revision of the Fire Department’s succession plan.
  10. Complete a Community Risk Assessment and a Community Risk Reduction plan per best practices. This will be accomplished by utilizing data from GIS and the Records Management System for Fire Prevention.

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