Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services

Holiday Safety 2023

Holiday Safety TipsWinter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk of fire. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

Holiday Decorating

• Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant.

• Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.

• Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.

• Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

• Keep decorations away from windows and doors.


Holiday Entertaining

• Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.

• Keep children and pets away from lit candles.

• Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.

• Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.


Christmas Tree Safety TipsAs you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.


• Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.


• Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.

• Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.

• Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

• Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.


• Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.

• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.

• Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

• Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

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2022 Annual Report

The City of Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services Annual Report for 2022 outlines the department’s mission and core values, history, annual achievements, and statistics. In this report, residents will find detailed information about response standards, performance measurements, number of EMS and fire incidents, significant events, community risk reduction efforts, financials, and community engagement. Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services will actively use this report to examine their own practices to ensure effective and efficient services are provided to the community. Several deficiencies have been identified in this report. These identified deficiencies will assist the City Council and oversight committee in determining how Measure J-20 funding could be utilized. Download the report (PDF)

Department History

Paso Robles Fire Engine Type: 1941 Mack 505 Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services (PRFES) has existed since the early 1890’s as a volunteer fire department. In the early 1990’s the department transitioned to a combination fire department, employing both volunteer and career firefighters. In 2003, the department transitioned to a full-time career department.

PRFES service area includes 19.9 squarerivercarry miles, and we also provide automatic and mutual aid to other fire agencies within San Luis Obispo County. PRFES provides a variety of response services, including structural and wildland fire suppression, advanced life support paramedic level emergency medical care, and entrapment extrication. PRFES provides technical rescue services including high-angle, trench, swift-water, and confined space. Finally, PRFES provides fully capable hazardous materials emergency response in conjunction with the San Luis Obispo County Regional Hazardous Materials Team.

9-1-1 calls are answered by the Paso Robles Police Department as the public safety answering point. Requests for ambulance services are transferred to the San Luis Obispo County Sherriff’s Office (MEDCOM), a multi-agency public safety dispatch center.

IMG_0415x1There are 37 full-time personnel involved in delivering services to the jurisdiction. Administration staff consists of the Fire Chief and Administrative Assistant. The Community Risk Reduction Division includes one Fire Marshal and one Fire Prevention Specialist. The Operations Division consists of three Battalion Chiefs and 30 Firefighters.

Staffing coverage for emergency response is through the use of career firefighters on a 48-hour shift. For immediate response, no less than three paramedic fire engines are staffed, and nine firefighters are on-duty at all times. Currently, emergency resources respond out of two fire stations with a third fire station expected to be constructed by early 2022. Fire crews on the roof of a smoking residential structure preforming vertical ventilation    

The total fire department general fund budget for FY 2021/2022 is $8.0 million. The fire department’s operating funds are supplemented primarily from sales taxes, Measure J-20, transient occupancy tax (TOT) and property taxes. The fire department also receives funds from service and permit fees.

About the Chief

Chief Stornetta began his emergency services career in 1991 and proudly joined Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 2001. Thereafter, he was promoted to Fire Captain/Paramedic, Battalion Chief, and then to Fire Chief in 2017. Chief Stornetta has now served the city and citizens of Paso Robles full-time for over 20 years.

Chief Stornetta is a member of the San Luis Obispo County Ambulance Performance Operations Committee and Emergency Medical Care Committee. He also served multiple years on a Cal Fire Type 1 Incident Management Team and now serves as an Incident Commander for the San Luis Obispo County Type 3 Incident Management Team. Click here to read a message from the Chief.

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