County Fire:
Fire Protection Services (3580B)

Program Outcome Statement

The mission of the San Mateo County Fire Department is to protect the life, property, and natural resources of its citizens and visitors through effective emergency response, incident mitigation, preparedness, education, and prevention.

Program Services

  • Fire protection and emergency response
  • Fire and life safety reviews of building plans
  • Defensible space reviews
  • Fire protection education
  • Fire investigation services
  • Countywide mutual aid program which sends the closest engine to any event, regardless of the city in which the event occurred

Overview

San Mateo County contracts with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) to staff four County owned fire stations in the unincorporated area and oversee three volunteer stations.
Annually, County Fire responds to about 2,275 calls to the four stations staffed by CalFire. The Tower Road and Cordilleras stations each respond to between 500 and 600 calls a year while the Skylonda and Pescadero stations each average between 250 and 350 calls a year.

Number of Fire Related Deaths and Injuries Remains at Target



Percent of Fire and Emergency Medical Calls Responded to within Time Criteria Established by County EMS (7 minutes) Remains at Target

FY 2016-17 Mid-Year Story Behind Performance

Number of Fire Related Deaths and Injuries
Through training and dedication we have been able to maintain a track record of protecting lives and keeping the citizens of San Mateo County safe.
Percent of Fire and Emergency Medical Calls Responded to within Time Criteria Established by County EMS (7 minutes)
Although responses to remote areas of the County hamper our response times, we've been able to maintain a high percentage of responses meeting the 7 minute standard.

Future Priorities

  • Maintaining level of service through response times, training, community outreach, fire prevention and education
  • Executing vehicle replacement plan in appropriate time frames
  • Assist other County departments with capital projects
Author: Mark Steward, Assistant Chief     Email: mark.steward@fire.ca.gov     Date Updated: 01-23-2017