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The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is proud to announce that the department-wide station conversion to ALS will be complete on July 1, 2022, at 0800. Every engine company in our department will provide continuous Advanced Life Support (ALS)-level  prehospital medical care.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has been providing  ALS service to the community for 49 years. In 1973, we were one of the first fire  departments in the State of California to train Firefighter/Paramedics. Seven firefighters went through the initial paramedic program at Goleta Valley Hospital. In 1974, we placed our first paramedic unit, Rescue 11, into service. Since then, we have methodically expanded our services department-wide.

Today, we have over eighty practicing  paramedics throughout the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, and Captain. This is a  monumental occasion to have 16 ALS fire stations, three ALS fire department  ambulances, and a seasonal ALS helicopter crew member serving the citizens of the County of Santa Barbara.


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