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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


  • 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.

2018-19 Goals/Objectives


  1. 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.
  2. Utilizing information in the Department’s Strategic Plan, update 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.
  3. Coordinate a City-wide exercise designed to familiarize City departments with the City’s adopted Multi-Hazard Functional Plan and position functions of the Emergency Operations Center. In addition, meet with EOC representatives from other agencies to coordinate response plans.
  4. 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.
  5. Update the City Municipal Code to reflect a more equitable means for non-profit organizations to participate in the sale of Safe and Sane Fireworks within the Santa Maria City limits.
  6. 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.
  7. Develop an Internship Program in collaboration with Allan Hancock College, providing students the opportunity to gain fire experience and college credit, and in doing so develop a new resource for the Santa Maria Fire Department.
  8. Streamline promotional testing processes for the ranks of Fire Engineer and Fire Captain. Where appropriate, testing components would be implemented through the Acting qualification process thereby validating the program and providing a larger applicant pool for promotional tests.
  9. Provide the Santa Maria Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program training to City employees during working hours in an effort to provide more resources during large-scale events.
  10. Replace the department’s aging 110-foot aerial ladder truck with a new Pierce 105-foot tractor drawn aerial ladder truck that will be better able to maneuver narrow and tight areas of the City streets.

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