C3400 - County Fire Chief

Scott Jalbert is the Unit Chief and County Fire Chief for the CAL FIRE Unit and the San Luis Obispo County Fire Department. He oversees the fire services for San Luis Obispo County, the City of Pismo Beach, and the communities of Los Osos and Avila Beach. He has been in the fire service for 29 years. Chief Jalbert started his career in 1987 as a Fire Fighter I with CAL FIRE. He has served as a Fire Fighter II, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief, Deputy Chief. Before coming to San Luis Obispo, he was the Unit Chief with CAL FIRE San Mateo/Santa Cruz Unit. 

He has a background in both municipal and wildland fire operations working in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Lake, and San Luis Obispo Counties. As a fire captain, he was assigned to a Paramedic Engine; Wildland Engine, Emergency Command Center, training division, and a Haz-Mat Team. As a chief officer, he worked as a field battalion chief, fire camp division chief, and as the unit operations chief.

Chief Jalbert was on a Type I IMT for over 13 years. He is qualified as a Strike Team Leader, Division Group Supervisor, Operations Branch Director, Type I Operations Section Chief, Type I Planning Chief, Agency Rep, Agency Administrator, Area Commander, and as a Type I Incident Commander. He has years of experience working in EOC’s at the county, city, and department levels in addition to serving as the Area Fire Coordinator for Santa Cruz County. 

He was raised in Redwood City and currently resides in the Templeton area with his wife and three children.