Public Service Announcement



The Santa Barbara County Fire Department serves and safeguards 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.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department is improving the current Mobile Data Computer (MDC) program with the Phase-1 rollout of new computer tablets and the Tablet Command application for the Department’s fleet of fire command and support vehicles. Phase-2 of the project will expand installation to all SBC Fire apparatus and coincide with the completion of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Regional Fire Communications Center in 2024.

The Tablet Command application, accompanied with the new updated electronic tablets, will improve command and control during emergency incidents, resource accountability, mapping, and the ability to see adjoining agencies in real time. Command and control of emergency resources is critical when engaging in risk assessment, situational awareness, emergency operations, communications, and placement of personnel and equipment in strategic locations when time is of the essence.

The installation of new portable electronic tablets eliminates the need for two devices in command vehicles and reduces the replacement cost for a tablet by more than half. Additionally, the Tablet Command application provides early cell phone text notification to firefighters prior to the dispatching of fire engines and ambulances.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department joins Montecito Fire Protection District, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District, Santa Maria Fire Department, as well as many of the fire departments in the State of California using Tablet Command. These new improvement capabilities directly assist the Santa Barbara County Fire Department’s mission to serve and safeguard the community.


Contact Information:
Captain Scott Safechuck
Public Information Officer
Office 805-681-5531
Cell 805-896-6336
News Line 805-681-5546
Email [email protected]
Twitter @SBCFireInfo


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Serving the cities of Buellton, Goleta, and Solvang, and the Communities of Casmalia, Cuyama, Gaviota, Hope Ranch,
Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Mission Canyon, Mission Hills, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Sisquoc, and Vandenberg Village