Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Fund the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Firehawk

SBC Firehawk Rendering


The role of first responders is essential, and we’ve learned just how critical they are in Santa Barbara following the Thomas, Sherpa, and Whittier Fires and the devastating Montecito debris flow. When the alarm sounds for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters may encounter any number of life-threatening calls, including vehicle, aircraft, or train accidents, urban search and rescue, structure fires, water rescue, medical emergencies, the need for air-support, confined space rescue, fire line construction, and, of course, vegetation fires.

What the recent disasters uncovered is that the Santa Barbara County Fire Department lacked certain modern equipment and resources to most effectively respond. Responding to more than 15,000 incidents annually, the department has identified its greatest need: a Firehawk helicopter that would enhance its Air Support Division and increase its capacity of airdrops of water six-fold.

Please join Direct Relief as we support the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and encourage private philanthropic resources to support this critical project to benefit the people of our community.

Direct Relief is serving as the fiscal agent for this project. Total amount raised to fund the Santa Barbara County Fire Department Firehawk: $123,894.21

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