County Station 13
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Station 13 serves areas of Goleta and unincorporated areas west of the City of Santa Barbara. Its service area is bordered to the North by areas of Los Padres National Forest, to the South by the Pacific Ocean, to the East by the county-city borders and to the West roughly by Maria Ignacio Creek in the South and San Antonio Creek towards the North.
Station 13 has three personnel on duty. One Captain, one Engineer and one Firefighter. Through the use of extension kits, Advanced Life Support (ALS) is possible when a paramedic is working at the station.
Paradise to the Pacific. That’s the territory for Lucky 13‘s crew. A wide-range of calls in a diverse response area that consists of the Santa Barbara County Jail, Hope Ranch, Arroyo Burro Beach, single-family homes, San Marcos High School, US Highway 101, the winding mountain State Highway 154 (San Marcos Pass), and Paradise Road near the Santa Ynez River in the Los Padres National Forest. Engine 13 also responds into Santa Barbara City Fire Department’s area for Mutual-Aid responses.
On the 29th of September 1958, Station 1 at 4570 Hollister Avenue (now Station 13) was completed at a cost of $66,213. (Until its completion, the crew had shared quarters with Santa Barbara City firefighters at an old military-city station at Hoff Heights, near what is now Earl Warren Showgrounds.) Five years later, in 1963, four living units, or small houses, were completed. These living units were inhabited by married personnel, whose wives would work at the stations as dispatchers for their respective districts. This arrangement was typical of the period and most of the houses are still standing at Stations 11,13, 24, 31, 34, and 27, where today they serve as offices or residences. At station 11, one of the houses is designated the Battalion 1 quarters.