County Station 21

335 Union Ave.
Orcutt, CA 93455

Station 21 serves the Orcutt and Santa Maria Valley areas including the communities of Tanglewood and Casmalia. Engine 21 also responds North and West to portions of State Highways 1 and 135 up to the City Limits of Santa Maria and Guadalupe. To the South, Highway 1 near San Antonio Road and Highway 135 at Harris Grade Road.


Station 21 is staffed by one Captain, one Engineer, one Firefighter/Paramedic, and one Firefighter


“No Luck Needed” is the motto for Station 21. The station was previously located at the Santa Maria Regional Airport, but the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting duties were handed over to the Santa Maria City Fire Department. Additionally, the absorption of the Orcutt Volunteer Fire Department into the Santa Barbara County Fire Department increased a need for service in the “Old Town” of Orcutt. The crew of Medic Engine 21 responds also to the small communities of Casmalia and Tanglewood as well as will run calls via Mutual-Aid into the nearby Cities of Guadalupe and Santa Maria. 21’s area is unique in that it has both an urban response and large swaths of farmland across its district.

In 1949, the old Santa Maria Army Airfield was declared surplus property by the War Assets Administration and deeded to the County of Santa Barbara. Old Fire Station 4 had been moved from Waller Park and then relocated a mile north on the east side of Skyway Drive into the World War II Military buildings. The County officially transferred is interest in the Santa Maria Public Airport to the Airport District in July of 1963. In 1967 an agreement was drawn up by Airport Manager Art Johnson, between the Airport District and the County where the County would erect and staff a fire station for Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Protection for the Airport if it was granted the land for the Fire Station. Designed by D. Stewart Kerr, Hubble Construction Company began the building process for Station 21 in January of 1969 and the building was completed and moved into June 1, 1970. In May of 2008 the station was relocated from 3339 Terminal Drive at the Airport to it’s current location of 355 Union Ave. (the former Orcutt Fire Station).