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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.


EMS - SSF Paramedics
Leadership Team
Mission Statement
Suppression & Training
SSF HIPAA Release Form
Organizational Chart



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 Jesus Magallanes, 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 Craig Lustenberger, 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 Juan Byron, is responsible for all in-house training.


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Leadership Team



                                                                     Fire Chief                                                                

                                                                  Jess Magallanes

Matt Samson2018       Craig Lustenberger2018         Ken Anderson2018
Deputy Fire Chief Fire Marshal Emergency Services Manager
Matt Samson Craig Lustenberger Ken Anderson
 Saenz       Campagna        Cardosi
A Shift Battalion Chief B Shift Battalion Chief C Shift Battalion Chief
Bryan Saenz Chris Campagna
Steve Cardosi


                             Byron        Walls            
                  Battalion Chief, Training                            EMS Chief   
                                          Juan Byron                                          Rich Walls                             

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EMS - South San Francisco Paramedics




The South San Francisco Fire Department’s paramedic program was first proposed in March of 1973. The first, and only fire department to provide full paramedic transport services in San Mateo County, South San Francisco has been providing paramedic service to its residents since 1975.

Fourteen fire fighters applied to the original paramedic program, which required each of them to receive Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training before being accepted into the paramedic program at Stanford. Internships were done in the Los Angeles area since LA County had one of the few established paramedic programs in the country. Kaiser served as the first base hospital. Paramedic programs were required to be affiliated with a base hospital because at that time medics had to radio an emergency room physician before administering any Advanced Life Support.

The first vehicle was a large yellow Ford van. The seats were taken out and cabinets were built to store equipment and a bench seat was added for storage and ride-a-longs by County Health and Kaiser staff. The van had two red lights on top and “South San Francisco Fire Department Paramedic” and city seal on the door. This vehicle carried very basic equipment consisting of a large orange box containing the mobile radio and the EKG monitor, as well as a drug case resembling a large toolbox.

South San Francisco is still the only transporting Fire Department in San Mateo County, operating two ALS Paramedic Rescue Ambulances and one BLS ambulance staffed by EMTs. Additionally, South San Francisco Fire Department participates in the ALS engine concept adopted by San Mateo County in January 1999. Currently, the EMS Division consists of 39 dual-role Paramedic Firefighter, 10 part-time EMTs and one EMS Chief.


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 Suppression Division

The South San Francisco Fire Department has firefighters and paramedics located in five different fire stations throughout the city, allowing for the best possible response time to incidents within that station’s respective still district. The department is dispatched to a variety of incidents: structure fires, hazardous materials, medical calls, traffic accidents, confined space, etc.

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Training Division

The mission of the South San Francisco Fire Department Training Division is to provide comprehensive, on-going training to Fire Department personnel based on the numerous requirements place upon today's fire service and dynamic emergency respond demands. The Training Division strives to improve operational efficiency, effectiveness, knowledge, and safety by providing the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to accomplish the mission of the department and the City of South San Francisco.


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