Mission: 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 92 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 Battalion Chief Bryan Saenz, is responsible for all in-house training.