D3406 – Prevention Division/Resource Management
The Prevention Division is responsible for the County Fire Marshal, Law Enforcement Bureau, Public Information, Pre-Fire Engineering/GIS, and Resource Management.
CAL FIRE / San Luis Obispo County Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau Fire Marshal strives to minimize the risk of life and property loss through proactive planning, awareness and enforcement of safe fire practices. We use a variety of measures to accomplish our goals including:
Adoption and enforcement of fire codes.
Establishing fire safety plans for residential and commercial properties in efforts to ensure accessibility to sites for emergency vehicles/equipment and availability of water supplies.
Inspections of new and existing buildings to ensure fire protection, building code and safety standards are enforced.
Life safety inspections for State licensed care facilities.
New construction plan review to encourage fire safe construction.
Inspection and testing of all fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems for commercial and residential buildings.
Fire and life safety review (plan check, site approval) and standby services for special events. These events can include weddings, concerts, festivals and car shows.
Lock box installations which control emergency access to gates, buildings and other secured areas.
The San Luis Obispo Unit is dedicated to the prevention of unwanted fires throughout the County. Through cooperation and funding provided CAL FIRE and the County of San Luis Obispo we put an emphasis on what needs to be done prior to the start of a fire, Pre-Fire management actions can reduce property losses and fire fighting costs. Increase firefighter safety, and contribute to ecosystem health.
The Law Enforcement Bureau provides Officers trained and certified in accordance with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Additionally, law enforcement staff provides assistance when requested by local fire and law enforcement agencies in arson, bomb, fireworks, and fire extinguisher investigations, as well as disposal of explosives. The Department’s investigators have a very successful conviction rate.
Maintaining the sustainability of natural resources is the goal of the Resource Management Program. The Department achieves this goal by administering state and federal forestry assistance programs for landowners, demonstrating sound management practices, enforcing the California Forest Practice Act on all non-federal timberlands, providing research and educational outreach to the public on forest pests such as Sudden Oak Death, and coordinating efforts for fuel reduction to reduce the risk of fire and improve the quality of California ecosystems.