Operations & Training
Operations personnel work a 48/96 work schedule that comprises 2 complete days on duty with 4 days off duty in a rotation system. There are 3 platoons or shifts of firefighters to fully staff this rotation system. Each shift has 28 firefighters and one Battalion Chief for a total of 29 safety personnel on duty each day of the year.
We respond to natural and man-made emergencies including the following type of incidents:
- Structure Fires
- Wildland Fires
- Vehicle Fires
- Medical Emergencies
- Harbor Incidents
- Hazardous Materials
- Aircraft Emergencies
In 2021, the City of Santa Barbara Fire Department responded to 11,435 calls for service. 65% of the calls (7,390) were rescues and medical emergencies.
As part of the local and master mutual aid system, SBFD provides resources to the neighboring operational area and throughout the state of California.
In addition to emergency responses, Engine Companies also conduct prevention inspections and deliver fire safety public education for the community of Santa Barbara.
Our division provides standardized training for department members. This division insures that the fire department meets or exceeds all Federal, State and Local requirements, certifications, and mandates. It also is active in developing and evaluating new programs for the department.