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Each year the men and women of the Santa Barbara County and City Fire Departments respond to over 20,000 calls for service. These calls range from medical emergencies, car accidents, hazardous materials spills, search and rescue to large scale wildfires and building fires. Recent years have shown the dramatic impact that large scale wildfires – like the Zaca, Gap, Tea, and Jesusita Fires can have on our community.

The SBFA is a volunteer organization that works hand in hand with the firefighters of the City and County of Santa Barbara to identify and fund critical equipment and program support. We have targeted innovative, cutting edge technical equipment not usually available through normal Fire Department budgeting channels. Using a strict appropriation process we work with “line” firefighters to identify equipment that furthers their mission to protect the people of Santa Barbara with great safety and effectiveness.

“The Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance has proven to be an invaluable partner. When choosing a non-profit to assist your firefighters, you need look no further than the Alliance. We are very proud of our involvement with the Alliance.” Pat McElroy, Santa Barbara City Fire Chief.

SBFA Board Members:

Paul Cashman, President

Tim Mahoney, Vice President

Bill Nasif, Treasurer

Susan Petrovich, Secretary

Roger Battistone, Cathy Cash, Mindy Denson

Advisory Council:

Anthony Borgatello, Debra Borden, David Bradley, Jim Cook, Rikki Emory, Arlene Geeb, Justin Haagen, Diana MacFarlane, Bethel Mather, Margie Niehaus, Robert Niehaus, Dave Sadecki, Jo Sadecki, Adrienne Schuele, Roxanna Solakian, Steve Sorensen, Michael Williams and Ginger Woolf

Firefighter Advisors:

Chief Pat McElroy

Chief Eric Peterson

Training Captain Tony Pighetti

Firefighter Sam Dudley

Firefighter Ian Mather


Mary Bahnken, Business Manager

Founding Members:

Franc Chacon

David Sadecki

Jo Sadecki

Betty Stephens

Joi Stephens

Contact Information:

Santa Barbara Firefighters Alliance

P.O. Box 3776
Santa Barbara, CA  93130

Phone: 805-708-3565
Email: SBFirefightersA@aol.com
SBFA – A Non-Profit 501(c)(3)
Corporation Tax ID#: 33-1092681