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The Operations Division provides a continuity of service related to fire control and suppression, rescue, advanced life support/emergency medical assistance, and the mitigation of hazardous materials incidents. In the event of a major disasters, we are trained and equipped to handle a county wide incident, including earthquakes, tsunami, riots, fires, hazardous material incidents, and other major emergencies.  

The Unit is divided into six field Battalions and seven specialized teams; each with its own operational challenges.  Staffing for the entire county is accomplished by cooperative agreements between Cal Fire, the County of San Luis Obispo, Los Osos and Avila Community Service Districts, and the City of Pismo Beach. This regionalized approach to fire protection allows us to provide cost effective, all risk, professional fire protection to the public.    

Unit Personnel Summary; 1 Unit Chief, 1 Deputy Chief, 3 Division Chiefs, 12 Battalion Chiefs, 50 Fire Captains (7 Captain Medics), 34 Engineers (8 Engineer Medics), 5 Firefighter II (3 Firefighter II Medics), 108 peak staffing and 15 off peak Firefighter I’s, 275 Paid Call Firefighter, 20 Reserve Firefighters, 25 Lifeguards, 25 Administrative Staff. 

Unit Equipment Summary; 14 staffed ICS type II Engines, 12 staffed ICS type III Engines, 2 Medium Rescue, 4 Squads, 1 ICS unstaffed 1 Haz Mat Unit, 1 Breathing Support, 2 Boats, 3 Rescue Water Crafts (RWC),  3 staffed ICS type II Dozers, 10 staffed ICS type I Hand Crews, 1 staffed Air Attack plane, 2 staffed ICS type III Air Tankers.


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