Seaside Fire Welcomes Chief Mary Gutierrez
The Seaside Fire Department is proud to announce the appointment of Mary Gutierrez to be Seaside’s next Fire Chief. Ms. Gutierrez brings thirty-one years of experience in the fire service to the position, including service as a Battalion Chief in the San Jose Fire Department and service as a Division Chief and Acting Chief in the Gilroy Fire Department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Ms. Gutierrez was selected following an open, national recruitment, with 32 applicants. A five member interview panel including Police Chief Pridgen, Fire Chief Dempsey and Seaside Firefighters Association President Captain Jason Black ranked her as the leading candidate following the interviews, and her reference checks were excellent.
Ms. Gutierrez began her service as Seaside Fire Chief on January 4. She will be succeeding Chief Brian Dempsey, who retired in December 2020. Ms. Gutierrez said she was drawn to apply for the Seaside position “given the excellent reputation of the Seaside Fire Department and clear spirit of teamwork across the City’s departments”.
Please help us in welcoming Chief Gutierrez to the Seaside Family.
Seaside Fire Launches Performance Dashboard
Since 1954 the Seaside Fire Department has been responding to emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This Performance Dashboard was created as a tool to showcase our commitment to the community to be transparent and to ensure that we continue to meet their expectations. It serves as a way for the community to visualize how we are measuring up against the performance goals that we have established.
Visit our Dashboard for real time response rates, incident reports, department goals & our community profile.
Seaside Fire Department Community Driven Strategic Plan
In 2019 the department conducted a Community Driven Strategic Plan working with key internal and external stakeholders and the development of strategic initiatives.
The department believes this work will help build more effective strategies that align with the values of the communities. Click there to access the plan, including major goals and to understand more about the accreditation process.
The plan was delivered to the City Council in early 2020.
The Annual Reports highlight many great initiatives that we are developing to make your Fire Department well prepared to meet the risks and needs of our community and making Seaside a safe, healthy and economically viable community.
2018 Annual Report
This document clearly articulates the goals, objectives and program activities performed by the personnel that protect the City of Seaside and the City of Del Rey Oaks. Furthermore, it demonstrates through planning and implementation that the Department continually improves its service delivery and strives to exceed the expectations of our communities.
The Department developed a new mission statement, vision statement and confirmed its core values in preparation for the Department’s inaugural community-driven strategic plan. We are committed over the next five years to strengthen the essential services we provide to our communities’ and measure our effectiveness through self-assessment and community-adopted performance targets.
View the 2018 Annual Report.
The Seaside Fire Department takes pride in serving our diverse communities through outreach, professional services, and efficient response.
It is the vision of the Seaside Fire Department to be an internationally accredited organization that proactively adapts to serve the ever-changing needs of our communities.
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Fire DepartmentPhysical Address
1635 Broadway Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955
1635 Broadway Avenue Seaside CA 93955
Phone: 831-899-6790Fax: 831-899-6261
Mary GutierrezFire Chief
Paul BlahaDivision Chief
Jason SullensDivision Chief
David NavaDivision Chief/Infection Control Officer