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About Us

Our Mission

Providing all risk fire and emergency services through professionalism, collaboration, and public trust.

Our Vision

Fostering our culture of excellence through involvement, effective communication, and commitment to high performance.

Our Core Values

 Respect  ▪  Accountability  ▪  Dedication  ▪  Integrity  ▪  Compassion  ▪  Altruism  ▪  Leadership

Department Overview

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. We participate in a Joint Powers Agreement providing automatic aid response throughout the San Mateo County’s Fire Service delivery system.


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

2022 FACT Charter

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.