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Fire Administration sets department policy, maintains all records and provides administrative support to the organization.

Community Risk Reduction

Bureau of Fire Protection & Life Safety

The primary responsibilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection and Life Safety is to enforce all applicable state and local fire codes and standards, as well as conduct fire investigations.  Our full-time fire inspectors, certified by the California State Fire Marshal, are cross-trained in both fire inspections and investigations.

Office of Emergency Services

The Fire Department manages and maintains emergency plans and training of City staff and community members. The Fire Chief and City Manager coordinate planning, training and preparation for response to major emergencies or natural disasters. San Mateo Consolidated Fire Department (SMCFD) public safety personnel will make every effort to meet the needs of local citizens as soon as possible, at the onset of a disaster.

Field Operations

The Operations Division responds to “all hazards” in the community. Personnel must be prepared for fires, explosions, trauma/medical related incidents, hazardous materials releases, transportation related accidents, natural and man-made disasters, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and the rescue of trapped victims. This division also responds to all manner of non-emergency calls for service to assist citizens when there is no one else available to provide assistance. These calls include pumping flooded basements, securing downed wires, and seeking out the source of potentially dangerous odors or other similarly related calls for service.


The Training Division delivers programs that develop and maintain multiple skill sets for our emergency response personnel and also strives to enhance the leadership development within the department.