C3401 - Deputy Chief

The Operations Division is overseen by the Deputy Chief and 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.

D3403 - Coastal Division

The Coastal Division is Overseen by Division 3403. The Coastal Division  encompass Battalions 1, 2, and 6 as well as Cuesta Conservation Camp.

D3404 - Inland Division​

The Inland Division is Overseen by Division 3404. The Inland Division  encompass Battalions 3, 4, and 5 as well as the Paso Robles Air Attack Base and Fleet Management.

D3407 - Santa Barbara/Ventura Division​

The Santa Barbara/Ventura Division oversees Operations at the Ventura Training Center, the Camarillo Fire Center and is the Agency Representative to both the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Fire Departments.


Operations 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, 5 Division Chiefs, 12 Battalion Chiefs, 50 Fire Captains (7 Captain Medics), 34 Engineers (8 Engineer Medics), 5 Firefighter II’s (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.