Department Overview

The San Mateo Consolidated (SMC) Fire Department officially commenced operations on January 13, 2019. The department was formed by the establishment of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and represents the merger of fire departments in San Mateo, Foster City, and Belmont. At that time, it was the first JPA to commence operations in the State of California in nearly a decade. We participate in a Joint Powers Agreement providing automatic aid response throughout the San Mateo County's Fire Service delivery system. We have 9 fire stations strategically located throughout the cities of Belmont, Foster City, and San Mateo to provide rapid response to fires, medical emergencies, rescues and other emergency calls for service.


All our Firefighters are State-certified Firefighter II and Emergency Medical Technicians. One member on each Engine Company is a State-licensed paramedic, permitting the department to provide advanced life support services.

Fire Action Consensus Team (FACT)

We utilize a participatory management model, known as the Fire Action Consensus Team (FACT). FACT is made up of a cross-section of fire department employees and exists to solicit and assess input from all ranks of the organization. It is the shared responsibility of all department members, working through FACT members, Command Staff, and Union Representatives, to ensure that the collaborative management process is used properly.

This team:

  • Provides accurate and appropriate data necessary for making policy, procedures, plans and solutions

  • Assists the Fire Chief in his duty to envision the future of the department

  • Maintains a broad perspective, addressing big, department-wide issues, always with an eye to the future

2020 FACT Charter

FACT 2020 Charter - Image

Community Engagement

The San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department is committed to serving the residents of Belmont, Foster City, and San Mateo. In addition to responding to fire, medical, and other emergencies, SMC Fire participates in neighborhood and community events. Each year, we actively partake in various community events, including our annual holiday toy drive, Chili Cook-off, and Open houses. We are firmly committed to the safety and security for all residents of our beautiful cities. Our firefighters are always ready to speak with you on any topic related to fire or life safety.

Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation Donation
Holiday Event and Firefighters Toys for the Holidays
Battle of the Badges
Family and Friends CPR Event
2017 Firefighter Olympics Softball Silver Medal Winners
Firefighters Toys for the Holidays
Firefighters Toys for the Holidays
2017 Spring into Summer Parade - joint SMFD SMPD honor guard with members of the 101st airborn
2017 Stair Climb San Francisco
Burn Relay Check Presentation
Santa Claus at Fire Station 21

Our Mission

Enhancing the quality of life for our community through professionalism, collaboration, and public trust.

Our Vision

Keep our promise to our community by delivering uncompromising, excellent, and professional service as a progressive leader in the fire service.

Our Values

  Respect  ▪  Compassion  ▪  Integrity  ▪  Dedication  ▪  Innovation