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In a County as large and populated as San Luis Obispo, no one emergency response agency can do it all. That is why cooperative efforts via contracts  are essential in response to emergencies like wildland and structure fires, floods, earthquakes, hazardous material spills, and medical aids in this County.

The CAL FIRE Cooperative Fire Protection Program staff are responsible for coordinating  agreements and contracts for this County. It is because of these cooperative efforts that you may see fire engines and firefighters from different agencies at the scene of an emergency, working under a unified command relationship.

This regionalization of service saves a considerable amount of  money while leaving local control to the Counties, Cities, and Districts governing boards and communities. It is also because of these agreements that CAL FIRE is able to provide dispatch, paramedic, fire, and rescue services in most of San Luis Obispo's communities at a tremendous discount to the tax payers of these communities, because of the elimination of duplicate services.

For more information on Contracting with Cal Fire contact County Fire Chief 


Current Cooperative Contracts

Avila Beach Community Services District

Los Osos Community Services District

Pismo Beach

San Luis Obispo County


Current Dispatch only Contracts

Cambria Health Care District

Camp Roberts Fire Department

Cayucos Fire Protection District

Morro Bay Fire Department 

San Miguel Fire Protection District

Santa Margarita Fire Department 

Templeton Community Service District


Mutual Aid Programs:

Mutual aid is a formal agreement among our local fire agencies to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries when requested; either by an emergency that exceeds local resources or a disaster.

The CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo County Fire Department is a member of the State of California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Mutual Aid System. OES is comprised of six geographical regions in the State of California with each region divided into several areas that may consist of counties and/or cities. CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo is the County Coordination Dispatch Center.  In an event of an emergency, the local agency contacts the our Coordinator Center and requests mutual aid companies to assist them with their incident, e.g., earthquakes, fires, rescues haz mats, terrorist events and floods.

 Automatic Aid:

Automatic aid is a program designed to provide and/or receive assistance from the closest available resource, irrespective of municipal boundaries. Automatic aid is assistance dispatched automatically by contractual agreement between two communities or fire districts.

  • It is a prearranged first-alarm response according to a definite plan by geographical area.

  • The aid must be dispatched to reported emergencies on the initial alarm.

  • The aid must be provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • The aid must offset a need in the community. For example, if a community needs a ladder company and the fire department does not have one, but a neighboring community's ladder company responds by automatic-aid agreement. 






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