The City of Guadalupe Fire Department is an all risk combination department consisting of a full-time Public Safety Director (In charge of Fire and Police Department), three full-time Fire Captains, and Paid-Call Firefighters/volunteers.The Guadalupe Fire Department offers 24 hour coverage 365 days a year.
Our Mission Statement – The Guadalupe Fire Department is committed to protecting, caring and enhancing the lives, the property and the environment to the citizens and visitors in our community. We accomplish this mission through the dedicated services of emergency mitigation, fire prevention, community outreach and public education.
Fire Department Contact:
Station 2 – 918 Obispo St., Guadalupe, Ca, 93434
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY DO NOT CALL THE FIRE STATION…
ALWAYS CALL 911
Guadalupe Fire Department History:
Volunteer Firefighters in 1930 (Left) & Guadalupe Fire Department in 2016 (Right)
After devastating fires in 1925 and 1929 the Guadalupe Fire Department was officially formed as a volunteer force in 1930 to protect the community from further large scale incidents. A 1929 American LaFrance fire engine was purchased and remains with the department to this day; this engine is stored at fire station 1 (Unstaffed) and makes appearances at most local parades.
It was from this location for many years a fire alarm was sounded from this station alerting the Firefighters in town to respond to an emergency. Since then, Guadalupe Fire Department has adopted quicker and more complex notification systems involving radio communications to CAD applications.
The Guadalupe Fire Department has since then provided fire protection, emergency medical services, rescue, and specialty services from fire station 2 which is located at City Hall, 918 Obispo St. Guadalupe, Ca.
Guadalupe Fire Department response covers a first due area of approximately 1.4 square miles from a single fire station.Covering a year round population of over 7000 citizens, this number will be growing rapidly as a large housing development Pasadera has been approved by the City of Guadalupe and resulting in 800 new homes currently being built. Guadalupe City has a coastal dune area, historic architecture and a scenic highway (Highway 1) that is a tourist draw. Guadalupe City located in northern Santa Barbara County on the central coast of California, USA.
The fire department also provides automatic aid to the surrounding areas, which include protected marshes, and forty three square miles of rural/agricultural areas. The department has automatic aid agreements to protect portions of Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County. The department provides structural fire, wildland fire, rescue, basic life support, hazmat and technical rescue services.
The fire department responds to structure fires, vehicle fires, wildland or grass fires, dumpster fire and fire alarm activation’s, Etc. The Guadalupe Fire Department also participates in the Master Mutual Agreement and responds to large scale disasters in California; most recently involved in the Thomas Fire and assistance with mudslide preparations in Santa Barbara.
Station 1 (Unstaffed) –Located at 1025 Guadalupe St. Guadalupe, Ca 93434
While this station was the original Fire Department and Police HQ, it is currently used to house Apparatus and is shared with the American Legion Post 371.
Station 2 (Active) – Located at 918 Obispo St. Guadalupe, CA, 93434
This station is shared with City Hall and the Guadalupe Police Department. Originally built in 1930 as a school, it has since been adopted as the headquarters for Guadalupe’s public safety and day-to-day operations.
The fire department has multiple apparatus which are used in response to Emergencies, day to day operations to special events including County Fair EMS coverage, Air Shows, and local sporting events such as Guadalupe Bulldogs Football.
Emergency Medical Services:
The fire department responds on approximately 500 calls annually, the majority of which are EMS emergencies. All fire department employees are EMT trained and Certified minimum. The department is also approved to provide EMT- Optional Skills. This allows a higher level of care, with trained members also being able to administer the following medicines:Narcan, Epinephrine, Albuterol,Nitroglycerine and Glucagon.
Hazardous Material Response:
Fire personnel are trained to respond to many hazardous material releases and take defensive actions at a hazardous material incident scene.
The fire department responds to all motor vehicle crashes where injuries or hazards are reported, Emergencies within the Guadalupe Dunes beach area, and wilderness area.
Education / Outreach Programs:
Besides completing Fire Prevention Inspections, Life Safety and Fire Assessments, Residential Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide check and education. The Guadalupe Fire Department Personnel also provide different forms of fire prevention education including, but not limited to, school and classroom visits, fire station tours, fire extinguisher training and education in the Guadalupe Fire Department Fire Safety House.
One of the most special traditions the fire department has maintained for the past 55+ years is the candy give-away that is carried out every Christmas morning. On Christmas morning, members of the fire department take the fire engines (complete with a Santa Claus on each engine!) and with sirens sounding and lights flashing, drive through all the neighborhoods, passing out 4,000 bags of packaged, assorted candies to every family child.
Fire Prevention Programs:
If you are interested in scheduling some form of fire prevention, Safety, or First Aid education, please contact the Fire Department at (805) 356-3905.
Written December 2018.