South Coast County Considers Merging Emergency Management And Fire Departments For 'Efficiency'

Jan 21, 2020

Santa Barbara County may be making some changes, to make their Office of Emergency Management Services more efficient.

The County is considering combining that office with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

A consultant's report that was recently presented to the county singled out better planning, training, and communications as areas of improvement.

The report also suggested having in place a 24/7 duty officer, which the Fire Department already has in place.

Ultimately, the decision to fuse the two departments would come down to the Board of Supervisors. 

The county is currently in the process of having all its departments reviewed for inefficiency.