San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit
The San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit borders the Pacific Ocean to the west; San Francisco County to the north; San Francisco Bay and Santa Clara County to the east; and the Pajaro River along San Benito and Monterey Counties to the south.
The Unit primarily operates in the State Responsibility Area (SRA) of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, an area of approximately 894 square miles. In addition to providing fire protection in the SRA, CAL FIRE contracts with the Coastside Fire Protection District in San Mateo County and Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District in Santa Cruz County.
Approximately one million residents make up the combined population of San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. The unit staffs 17 paid fire stations and supports 8 county fire funded volunteer fire companies that respond to over 8,700 emergency incidents a year.
The San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit is a combination of state, county, and local fire district resources that collectively respond to a wide variety of emergencies including wildland, structure, and vehicle fires; vehicle accidents and medical aids; cliff and water rescues; and hazardous material incidents.