Message From the Chief

Locally, throughout the United States and the world, we find ourselves experiencing
unprecedented times. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected and impacted all
of us in some way. I want to reassure you that CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire
is committed to the safety, health and continued well-being of all citizens living within
San Luis Obispo County.

 We are still responding to  emergencies, preparing for increased demands upon emergency services/health care providers and working hard to ensure the health and welfare of our first responders so that we may continue providing service when and if you need us. We are working closely with other agencies and the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to take all steps necessary in order to reduce the risk of spread while ensuring that we maintain a state of readiness for those non-related COVID-19 emergencies. CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire has personnel working within the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) supporting the tireless efforts of all county agencies as we deal with this pandemic.

Now, it is more important than ever that we all remain calm and continue to take care of each other and ourselves. As we navigate through this emergency, we need to do our best to maintain a positive attitude and prevent additional emergencies from adversely impacting our emergency response system. Together, we will prevail.

For current and detailed information regarding the San Luis Obispo County response to
COVID-19, please visit –

Scott M. Jalbert

CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire Department 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.