Serving our community
since 1917
Montecito Fire Protection District
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About Montecito Fire Protection District

About Montecito Fire
1486 East Valley Rd. Station 1

Mission Statement

The Montecito Fire Protection District is a progressive organization committed to the protection of people, property, and the environment. As part of the community, we exist to provide professional and timely service through preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies.


  • We will serve our whole community with an innovative approach to preparedness, response, and recovery.
  • We will enhance our relationships through collaboration to resolve all challenges our community may face.
  • We will lean forward with intent in the pursuit of advancing technology and industry best practices.
  • We will develop exceptional leaders in our organization supported by a culture of empowerment.
  • We will enhance mental, physical, and spiritual health within our organization.


We value community through:

  • Respect
  • Relationships
  • Approachability
  • Public outreach
  • Transparency

We value service through:

  • Commitment to excellence
  • Competence
  • Preparedness
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

We value our people through:

  • Our culture of empowerment
  • Mental, physical, and spiritual health
  • Personal and professional experience
  • Training and education

2022 Strategic Plan

Montecito Fire Protection District History

The Montecito Fire Protection District was organized on June 20, 1917. The District currently consists of 21.7 square miles, ranging from sea level to more than 2710 ft of elevation.

The Montecito Fire Protection District is governed by the Fire Board of Directors. The District is organized under section 13800 to 13970 inclusive, of the Health and Safety Code of the State of California, Fire Protection District Law of 1987

The District is located in Southern Santa Barbara County, adjacent to the Eastern border of the City of Santa Barbara. The Southern border is three miles at sea into the Pacific Ocean. The Northern border is shared with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. The Eastern border is the Western border of the Carpinteria Summerland Fire Department.

The District currently staffs two stations within Montecito. Station One, the Headquarters station houses a First Out engine company as well as a Paramedic Rescue. Also available from Station One is a Duty Battalion Chief. Currently, seven personnel are available 24 hours, 7 days a week out of Station one. Station Two houses three or four personnel 24 hours a day.

Both stations have reserve equipment available for response as needed, with station one housing a Type 2/3 Engine and Medium USAR as well.

Dispatch is provided by full-time, 24 hour dispatchers at Station One.

All 24 hr personnel, including dispatchers, work a 56 hour 3 platoon shift.

The Fire District is organized for the purpose of saving the lives of anyone who may be in danger due to fire, smoke, gases, etc. To extinguish fires with the least possible damage to property from fire or water; to prevent fires by fire prevention ordinances and to perform such other acts for public safety as may arise in event of disaster or other emergency.

The District provides Paramedic level Advanced Life Support services to its constituents and those in the surrounding area. Currently the District does not provide transport services unless the local private ambulance company (AMR) is saturated.

Our Fire Personnel respond to all types of incidents including, but not limited to:

All fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, alarms ringing, technical rescue, unknown type emergencies, hazardous materials, public service assists. The Department is involved with mutual aid within the local area as well as statewide through the Office of Emergency Services (OES).

The District is proud to have one of the few Medium (Type 2) Urban Search and Rescue Vehicles which is certified by the State OES.

The District also provides overhead personnel to the USDA Forest Service and other agencies when responses for large incidents need additional resources.

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