San Mateo Division

San Mateo County Fire

The San Mateo Division (San Mateo County Fire) provides service in the un-incorporated areas of the county, not protected by other local government fire agencies. County Fire is a full service fire agency that provides fire protection, emergency medical service (Advance Life Support), fire prevention, fire marshal, and public education. The department responds to over 2000 emergency incidents a year.

The division protects the following communities of: San Mateo Highlands, Emerald Lake Hills, Palomar Park, Kings Mountain, Skylonda, La Honda, San Gregorio, Pescadero, Loma Mar, Middleton Tract, South San Mateo County Coast, and the Highway 280 Corridor between Farm Hill Boulevard and Black Mountain road.

The County of San Mateo contracts with CAL FIRE for administration, support services, and line personnel. All paid personnel of County Fire are CAL FIRE employees, funded by the county under contractual agreement with the state. This arrangement delivers effective services though the best use of available resources.

The San Mateo Division is a “Combination Type” Division having both paid and volunteer personnel. In total, County Fire operates three volunteer fire stations and four paid stations.
They are:
Fire Station 17 (San Mateo Highlands) Paid
Fire Station 18 (Cordilleras) Paid
Fire Station 55 (Loma Mar) Volunteer
Fire Station 56 (Kings Mountain) Volunteer
Fire Station 57 (La Honda) Volunteer
Fire Station 58 (Skylonda) Paid
Fire Station 59 (Pescadero) Paid

County Fire sponsors a Fire Explorer Program and a Cadet Reserve Program. Both of these programs mentor and train future fire fighters of tomorrow. The members of these two programs also provide community outreach services such as fire prevention and Basic Life Support/First Aid Classes.

County Fire sponsors a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) based out of the San Mateo Highlands. This program is a jointly supported by the Highlands Recreational District.


Coastside Fire Protection District

The Coastside Fire Protection District provides the fire protection services for the City of Half Moon Bay and the Communities of Montara, Moss Beach, Princeton, El Granada and Miramar in addition to the surrounding unincorporated areas with a total District size of 50 square miles and a population of 30,000 residents.

Through a cooperative agreement with the State of California (CAL FIRE), the District operates three fire stations to provide the emergency services: Fire Station 40 is located within the downtown area of the City of Half Moon Bay, Fire Station 41 is located within the unincorporated area of El Granada and Fire Station 44 is located within the Moss Beach Area of the District.

The District has twenty volunteer firefighter positions along with twenty paid positions that includes:
1 Assistant Fire Chief
3 Battalion Chiefs
2 Deputy Fire Marshals
1 Training Division Captain
2 Administrative Support Positions
1 Mechanic


All stations are staffed with 1 Fire Captain and 2 Fire Apparatus Engineers; one of which is a paramedic to provide advance life support service. Shift personnel work a scheduled 3 day/72-hour work week.
In addition to traditional fire service, the District provides:
Advance Life Support, Cliff Rescue, Water Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Vehicle and Residential Lock-Out


The Coastside Fire Protection District responds to approximately 2,400 calls for service a year.
The Coastside Fire Protection District Board of Directors is composed of five publicly elected and/or appointed representatives. As a group, these representatives establish policy that is implemented by Staff.
The present Board members are listed below:
Gary Burke
JB Cockrell
Bruce MacKimmie
Ginny McShane
Harvey Rarback


San Mateo County and Coastside Fire Marshal Office

San Mateo County Fire Protection and Planning Division covers both San Mateo County and the Coastside Fire Protection Districts.

The Fire Marshal’s office is responsible for the enforcement of the relative state, local fire codes and ordinances as adopted by the State of California, County of San Mateo and Coastside Fire District.
The Fire Marshal’s office provides comprehensive fire and life safety review for new construction, remodels and land development. The office is also responsible for consulting with and securing the cooperation of developers, building contractors, property owners and public officials regarding matters of life safety and fire suppression.

The staff provides various plan review and inspection services; including the testing of new fire protection equipment installations such as fire sprinkler, fire alarm systems and hood and duct systems in restaurants. Numerous business inspections are performed by both the Fire Marshal’s office and the engine companies to ensure compliance with state and local fire safety regulations.
To accomplish this, one Fire Marshal and four Deputy Fire Marshals staff the Fire Marshal’s Office.
In addition to plan review and inspections the staff attends multiple public meetings, works with both public and other fire service organizations regionally to deliver the most comprehensive and up to date services possible for the community.

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