Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services

Storm Preparedness, February 15-20, 2024

The Paso Robles Fire and Emergency Services urge the community to prepare for next week's storm potential and begin preparing now. Big storms can bring a multitude of dangers, making preparation paramount. These extreme weather conditions encompass more than just heavy rainfall and strong winds. 

Storm prediction February 18-22

The unpredictability of a big storm means that its impacts can range from moderate to devastating, potentially causing extensive property damage, and posing serious threats to personal safety.

Please consider the following measures to safeguard yourself and your loved ones from the potential hazards that may arise due to a significant storm.

  • Clear out rain gutters. To prevent flooding, regularly clear debris from drains and gutters. This allows rainwater to flow freely and reduces the risk of water pooling around your property.
  • Avoid flooded roads. During heavy rains, roads can become impassable due to flooding. Identify higher ground in your area and alternative routes you can take if your usual routes are blocked.
  • Stay up to date with current forecasts and any changes.
  • Repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on your home or other structures during a storm.
  • If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for heating, have your chimney or flue inspected each year.
  • Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors near the area to be heated. Test them monthly.
  • Make an Emergency Kit and have a flashlight available with backup batteries.

River Flood and Flash Flood Safety Rules:

  • During periods of heavy rains, stay away from flood-prone areas such as stream beds, drainage ditches, and culverts.
  • Move to higher ground if flooding threatens your area.
  • Never drive your car into the water of unknown depth. Most flash flood deaths occur when people drive their vehicles into flood waters. Remember: Turn Around Don't Drown!!

Sandbag Location Map

Should you wish to make sandbags to protect private property, the City has sand available at the City Streets Yard located at 1220 Paso Robles Street (refer to the graphic below). Please make sure to bring a shovel.

Rainfall amounts from anticipated winter storms could be significant, which may potentially cause local flooding.  City Staff has taken preemptive measures to mitigate and reduce the flooding potential where possible (i.e., drain cleaning, etc.).  The City continues to clean the storm drains and drainage pipes throughout the year to minimize the potential for flooding. 

Should you wish to make sandbags to protect private property, the City has sand available at the City Streets Yard located at 1220 Paso Robles Street (refer to the graphic below).  Please make sure to bring a shovel.   

Empty sandbags are available for purchase at the following locations:

  • Burt Industrial Supply                 2125 Golden Hill Road               805-237-2471
  • Blake’s Hardware                        1701 Riverside Avenue              805-238-3934
  • SiteOne Hardscape Center        1108 Paso Robles Street            805-239-4317
  • Farm Supply                                 2450 Ramada Drive                    805-238-1177
  • Outdoor Supply Hardware         2005 Theatre Drive                     805-296-1717

For further information contact: City of Paso Robles Public Works Department at 805-237-3861

For guidance on disaster preparedness (i.e., Flood Safety Checklist), please visit the City of Paso Robles Emergency Services website:

Important Emergency Contact Information:

  • Emergencies Paso Robles Police Department 911 or 237-6464
  • Electrical/Power PG&E 1-800-743-5002
  • Storm/Street/Drainage Questions Department of Public Works 1-805-237-3861

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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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