Santa Barbara County Fire Department Press Release

In anticipation of the predicted heavy rain from the upcoming storm for the evening of February 3, 2024, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, in collaboration with the Operational Area departments, is proactively prepositioning resources. This initiative, funded by the California Office of Emergency Services, will increase staffing levels and add necessary equipment to enhance our capacity for responding to incidents caused by rain, wind, and flooding. The augmentation of resources will cover the period from February 3rd at 5 PM through February 6th at 8 AM, ensuring our ability to manage any situation that arises effectively.

Prepositioned Resources Include:

  • Santa Barbara County All Hazard Incident Management Team
  • Operational Area Type 3 Strike Team
  • Heavy Equipment Task Force– equipped with a Grader, Excavator, and Loader
  • SBC Water Rescue Team
  • Emergency Communication Center Captain
  • Logistics Section Chief
  • SBC ASU Helicopter 964, beginning preposition on February 3, 2024, at 08:00 AM

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Contact Information:

Scott Safechuck

Fire Captain – Public Information Officer 

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Office 805 681-5531

Cell     805 896-6336

[email protected]