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South San Francisco Fire Department

The South San Francisco Fire Department is dedicated to providing excellent service to our community and making a difference in the lives of the people we serve. We know that through our interventions, we are enhancing and changing our community one life at a time. We proudly provide services in Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Prevention, Municipal Code Enforcement, Urban Search and Rescue, Hazardous Materials, Public Education, Disaster Preparedness, and Marine Search and Rescue.

We believe in community based fire services, the practice of having firefighters involved in many community activities and events both on and off duty. We are energized by our partnership with the community we serve. We are a department driven by values. Our values are to serve with passion, respect, quality, and integrity. Our department is honored to serve the residents and businesses of South San Francisco.

Mission Statement

The South San Francisco Fire Department exists to protect the members of our residential and business communities, our neighbors and visitors, their property and our environment. We will work to prevent injury and damage through education, fire prevention and municipal code enforcement; and to respond to the impact of fire, medical emergencies, natural and human caused disasters and the release of hazardous materials.



Role of the Fire Department

To prevent or reduce the loss of life and property due to fire, sub-standard building construction, natural disasters, hazardous materials, and emergency medical incidents by means of direct response, public education and code development and enforcement.  The members of the South San Francisco Fire Department, headed by Fire Chief Gerald Kohlmann, provide South San Francisco residents with top notch service in fire suppression, emergency medical services, code enforcement, fire investigation and public education.

The South San Francisco Fire Department provides a full emergency medical services program for our citizens with certified paramedics on the fire engines and quints as well as staffing two full time Advanced Support ambulances. Everyday, the department staffs a Battalion Chief, four engine companies, one quint (combination fire engine and fire truck), and the two ambulances. We also cross staff a heavy rescue and rescue boat. Minimum on duty staffing is 20 persons.

The Fire Prevention Division, headed by Fire Marshal Luis Da Silva, is responsible for fire investigations, fire inspections, code enforcement and fire plan checks.

The day to day operations of the EMS Division are supervised by the EMS Battalion Chief Rich Walls.

The Training Division, headed by Training Chief Bryan Saenz, is responsible for all in-house training.