Department Divisions

Department Overview

Since 1922, the Montebello Fire Department has been dedicated to providing highly skilled, highly trained, and highly motivated firefighters capable of providing a quick  response to residents and visitors of the City of Montebello and providing the best possible service to those in need. Montebello Firefighter / Paramedics are on duty twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week.

Delivery of services provided by the Montebello Fire Department is done through operation of three, strategically placed fire stations within the City boundaries. The following services are provided to the citizens and visitors of the City of Montebello from these fire stations:

  • Fire Response
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Rescue Operations
  • Fire Investigation
  • Fire Prevention Services
  • Emergency Management & Disaster Preparedness
  • Community-Based and Business Related Fire Education Classes
  • Fire Station Tours
  • Community Events
  • Public Information & Social Media Outreach

Operations Division

“Courage, Community, Commitment”

The Montebello Fire Department is an “all risk” department, which takes on the enormous responsibility of protecting the community from Fire, Floods, Earthquakes, Terrorist Attacks, Hazardous Material Incidents and Medical Emergencies.

The Montebello Fire Department’s Operation’s Division is commanded by the On-Duty Battalion Chief, who oversees and is responsible for the daily emergency operations and responses within the City of Montebello.

The Montebello Fire Department takes great pride in its operational readiness through training, education, and real life experiences. The Fire Department is prous and honored to serve this fine community.

The Fire Department responds on more than 6,500 calls a year from 3 strategically located fire stations:

Fire Station 55 – Headquarters
600 N. Montebello Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640
Paramedic Engine 55
Paramedic Assessment Truck 55
Battalion 55
Cross Staffed Apparatus:
Engine 355 (Type III Wildland)
Reserve Apparatus:
Engine 755
Truck 755
Battalion 755

Fire Station 56
1166 S. Greenwood Avenue
Montebello, CA 90640
Paramedic Engine 56
Cross Staffed Apparatus:
OES Engine 399

Fire Station 57
2950 Via Acosta
Montebello, CA 90640
Paramedic Engine 57
Reserve Apparatus:
Engine 757

Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division of the Montebello Fire Department is managed by the Paramedic Coordinator and is supported by a contracted Nurse Educator. The EMS section staff coordinates all aspects of compliance with state and local authorities, and trains all fire personnel to current standards necessary to maintain licensing requirements and most importantly provide the best medical service to the visitors and citizens of Montebello.

Evolution of medicine and medical treatments places high demands on the fire department and Emergency Medical Services continue to rise with ongoing changes to the health care system. The staff of the EMS Division continually reviews the needs of our community, and take a proactive approach to the care and treatment of the sick and injured. This proactive approach propels the Montebello Fire Department to serve the community and their medical needs today, tomorrow, and in the future.

The fundamental goal of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division is to deliver the highest quality medical care with compassion to all visitors and citizens of the City of Montebello in need of pre-hospital emergency care. The department accomplishes this goal with ongoing training and highly motivated Firefighters who are certified, and licensed as Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics. Paramedic Engine Companies 55, 56, & 57 are staffed with a minimum of two paramedics and a minimum of one paramedic is assigned to Paramedic Assessment Truck 55. The department is continually working to improve our level of service to the community through the use of most progressive, innovative, and cutting edge equipment, training, and treatment protocols available in today’s medical environment. Examples of current, cutting edge technology include advanced cardiac monitoring through 12-lead electrocardiograms (EKG’s) and advanced breathing treatment through the use of Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) With the advancement of 12-Lead EKG’s, Paramedics can detect a probable Heart attack in the field, deliver timely life-saving care, and improve the recovery of the heart attack victim. Early and aggressive treatment of respiratory emergencies reduces long-term breathing issues of patients while providing a potential reduction of time in the hospital.


Training in the Montebello FIre Department is a daily occurance and a vital component to fire department operations. Newly hired recruit firefighters at the Montebello Fire Department receive 280 hours of initial training and instruction by our training division prior to their fire station assignment. Training for all firefighters is a constantly ongoing process that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) , National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Department of Health Services (DHS), and the needs of the community, visitors, and citizens of the City of Montebello.

The Montebello Fire Department Training Division is overseen by a Battalion Chief and comprised of one Fire Captain from each of the three platoon shifts along with their personnel. Each crew is responsible for developing training standards, training manuals, scheduling, and providing required training to the department.

Montebello Fire Department personnel receive a minimum of two hours of training per day in order to meet the annual training requirement of 330 training hours per firefighter. The training is extensive, thorough, and well-rounded to encompas engine and truck company operations, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, rescue practices, wildland fire operations, and firefighter safety. Training is accomplished through classroom instruction and fortified by hands-on training in a variety of locations and situations. Each training session demonstrates the committment to excellence that every Montebello Firefighter delivers everyday to the visitors and citizens of the City of Montebello. Collaboration is a key to success on the fireground and through the delivery of our EMS program and through these collaborative partnerships, the Montebello Fire Department participates in regular training with local mutual aid departments in all aspects of fire and emergency related service delivery.

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Fire Prevention Division

The Montebello Fire Department formed a Fire Prevention Bureau in the 1940’s, resulting in a staff of dedicated personnel with the goals of preventing loss of life and property. Through the years, the Fire Prevention Bureau has been tasked with additional duties and responsibilities, including the enforcement of fire laws, response to hazardous materials incidents, public education, and emergency preparedness.

The Fire Marshal provides the fire prevention services to the City of Montebello.

The Montebello Fire Department-Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for performing plan reviews, as well as inspections for businesses and residences. In addition, the Bureau is responsible for all fire and environmental investigations, as well as, providing public fire education to the citizens of Montebello. Annually, the Fire Department performs approximately 3500 inspections, including those performed through the Engine Company Inspection Program. Also, the Fire Prevention Bureau’s Office of Emergency Services provides the City of Montebello and the local citizenry with emergency preparedness planning.

Inspection & Plan Review

The Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for the completion of thousands of inspections throughout the year. These inspections include construction related inspections, complaint follow-up inspections, weed abatement inspections, as well as annual business inspections-which are also performed in conjunction with the Engine Company Inspection Program.

The Bureau is also responsible for the completion of approximately 1000 plans reviews every year. These plan reviews involve the review of both commercial and residential, in new construction and tenant improvements, throughout the City of Montebello.

In 1993, the City of Montebello-Fire Department enacted the residential fire sprinkler system ordinance, now adopted as part of the Montebello Municipal Code, which requires the installation of fire sprinklers in residential properties. When a new project is developed, or an existing project is remodeled (tenant improvement) with an increase of 50 percent or more, these scenarios result in the retrofit of fire sprinklers. In the same year, commercial properties encountered a similar upgrade requirement; requiring commercial buildings over 4,000 square feet to be provided with or retrofitted with automatic fire sprinkler systems. Please contact our office for further information.

The Fire Code requires the installation of smoke detectors (smoke alarms) in most occupancies. A simple rule of thumb is that all sleeping rooms, and the hallways adjoining the sleeping rooms shall be provided with smoke detectors (smoke alarms). In new construction or tenant improvement projects, these smoke detectors (smoke alarms) are required to be hardwired, with a battery back up, and be interconnected for alarming purposes.

Fire extinguishers are also required in all business occupancies within the City of Montebello. These fire extinguishers are required to be serviced annually, and mounted with the proper signage. The minimum size fire extinguisher is a 2A10BC, all-purpose fire extinguisher, with spacing not to exceed a travel of 75 feet. Additionally, it is required by law to have address numbers posted on all structures, with the address numbers being in contrasting color to the background and provided with lighting.

For additional Fire Code information, please feel free to contact our office to speak with a Fire Prevention Bureau representative

Fire Prevention Bureau
Fire Station 56
1166 S. Greenwood Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 887-4507


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The Montebello Fire Department-Fire Prevention Bureau has been performing fire investigations in an attempt to determine the origin and cause of fires, in order to prevent fires in the future.

Although most fires are accidental, some fires are found to be criminal in nature, needing further investigation by an Arson Investigator. These investigators are specially trained fire investigators, cross-trained in a law enforcement capacity. This training allows for fire personnel to work closely or autonomously from the Montebello Police Department or other law enforcement agencies.

Montebello Arson Investigators are members of the Area E Fire Chiefs-Arson Task Force, as well as sworn Special Deputy United States Marshals, allowing for cohesive enforcement of fire laws across state boundaries. In addition, Montebello Arson Investigators are members of the United States-Department of Transportation-HazMat Enforcement Action Taskforce (HEAT) established to enforce illegal intrastate transportation of illegal fireworks.

Investigators respond to both fire and environmental incidents for investigations. During a year, investigators respond to about 100 calls for service. In addition to these calls for service, Montebello Arson Investigators annually participate in the local enforcement of the use of illegal fireworks.

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Public Education

The Montebello Fire Department-Fire Prevention Bureau heads up the Public Fire Education that takes place in Montebello. These programs include events such as Fire Service Day, held in May; and Fire Prevention Week, held in October-which commemorates The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, both of which allow the community to visit and tour the local fire stations.

In addition, the Fire Department provides specialized fire education programs to schools, day cares, and senior citizens. These programs provide information about the proper installation and use of smoke detectors, establishment of emergency evacuation plans, and the “STOP, DROP, and ROLL” program.
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Education Material

Home Fire Escape

Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out

Telecommunications Division

The Montebello Fire Department is Dispatched by the Verdugo Fire Communications Center (VFCC) located in Glendale, CA. For more information about Verdugo Fire Communications, visit their website at: Verdugo Fire Communications Center (VFCC) .

Volunteer Opportunities – Auxiliary Firefighter & Fire Explorer Programs

Fire Explorer Program

The Montebello Fire Explorers program is a part of the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life program. The Explorer program is open to youth who are 14 years of age and currently attending high school and no older than 21 years of age. The program provides hands-on instruction of all aspects of the fire department with an overall goal designed to motivate mature young men and women who are interested in gaining experience in the fire service. The program helps prepare interested members for a fire service career and helps teach them to become responsible and caring adults.

Explorers participate in weekly meetings that focus on:

  • Team building
  • Positive learning environment
  • Leadership and problem solving skills
  • Community service
  • Hands-on experience

Requirements to becoming a fire explorer are:

  • Minimum age of 14 years of age and enrolled in high school
  • Maximum age of 21 years of age.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0

The success of the Explorer program is due to the combined efforts with the City of Montebello, Montebello Fire Department, and the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life program.

If you are interested in what the fire explorer program offers, you can pick-up and application packet Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following location:

Montebello Fire Department – Fire Headquarters
600 N. Montebello Blvd.
Montebello, CA 90640

Due to the large interest in the program, a waiting list may be established and vacancies filled quarterly.

If you have questions, contact the Explorer Advisor, Engineer Marco Penuelas at (323) 887-4530 or Battalion Chief Alan Wilkes at (323) 797-1816.

Fire Auxiliary Program

More information about the Fire Auxiliary Program is currently being developed

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