A Brief History of the Fire Department


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The Santa Monica Fire Department was founded as the Santa Monica Hose and Ladder Company, March 22, 1889.

During the next 100 years, the fire service experienced many changes, from leather buckets to horse-drawn vehicles
and steam pumpers, to gasoline engines. In 1974, the Santa Monica Fire Department became the first fire department
in the nation to deliver paramedic services by a fire engine company. Since then, the department has grown into a
Class 1 organization, providing highly specialized services including, a full-time hazardous materials unit, an urban
search and rescue team, a dedicated airport response company, and an accredited fire academy and
comprehensive all-hazards fire prevention division.

Today, the Santa Monica Fire Department protects more than 92,000 residents in an area of 8.3 square miles and
consists of over 130 firefighters and civilian employees under the command of Fire Chief Bill Walker. 

We are honored to serve the city of Santa Monica and appreciate all the support from the community over the past 130 years! 

Mission Statement

We believe in making a difference every day. We help people by preserving and improving the safety, health and wellbeing of our community.

We provide collaborative and innovative fire protection, emergency medical care and life safety services. 

We are committed to service that honors our core values of Integrity, Compassion, Teamwork, Accountability and Trust.

Core Values 

Integrity: We adhere to the highest standard of conduct at all times.

Compassion: We treat those we serve as we want our own family treated. We are courteous and respectful to all, every time, every call.

Teamwork: Teamwork is the cornerstone of the fire service. We are committed to constantly working together and supporting each other toward a common goal of excellence in achieving our mission.

Accountability: We strive to meet the highest standard of the fire service, both personally and professionally. We are accountable to those we serve and to each other in all that we do.

Trust: Since 1889 we have faithfully served our community. We earn trust through our actions and behavior



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