From the Chief

Hello and welcome to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department website.

I am excited to be back with the department and honored to have the opportunity to serve as Interim Fire Chief while the County works to appoint a new permanent Fire Chief. My goal as Interim Fire Chief, first and foremost, is to ensure management’s ongoing support  as our agency continues to provide effective and professional emergency response to the people we serve. Second, I plan to gain input from fire personnel on the organizational priorities of the department. That information will be used to assist in the process of selecting our new Fire Chief.

We have an outstanding team at Santa Barbara County Fire. With 16 fire stations, 2 battalions, 4 divisions and over 260 full-time employees, our department stands ready to serve and safeguard the community from the impacts of fires, medical emergencies, environmental emergencies, and natural disasters. Through leadership, planning, education, prevention, code enforcement, and all-hazard emergency response, our team is working diligently to protect our communities.

Michael W. Dyer, Interim Fire Chief