Fire Department

Fire Chief – Fernando Pelaez
323-887-4510 - Phone

Fire Marshal – Daniel Sifuentes

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323-887-4507 / 323-680-1042

Deputy Director – Angelica Palmeros

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323-887-4510 / 323-770-5966

Battalion Chief – Darin Goltara

Battalion Chief – Chuck Wells

Battalion Chief – Freddy Jimenez



Message from the Chief:

As the Fire Chief it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Montebello Fire Department website. The Montebello Fire Department is an organization of dedicated Firefighter Paramedic’s and EMT’s serving the community. The highly trained personnel who’s service delivery is an “all-hazards” response through control of fire, rescue, emergency services, fire prevention, emergency preparedness, and mitigation of hazardous materials incidents.

As the Fire Chief, I am privileged and proud to lead a fire service team of skilled members that are diverse and committed.

I hope you find the information contained within this website useful.

Fernando Pelaez,

Fire Chief

Montebello Fire Department



Department Description

The Fire Department is divided into four divisions, Administration, Suppression, Prevention, and Communications.

The Administration Division is staffed by the Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief, and is supported by the Deputy Director who assists in managing the Administration Division and oversees two (2) Senior Management Analysts and Clerical Assistant. The Administration Division runs the department's overall operations, including but not limited to: budget management, human resource-related activities (hiring and promotions), succession and strategic planning, and community outreach and public information, including the oversight of the Montebello Community Assistance Program (MCAP) which is staffed by a Firefighter/Paramedic, Social Work Coordinator, Field Based Case Manager and Housing Navigator.

The Suppression Division is staffed by 51 personnel assigned to three shifts and fills Fire Battalion Chiefs, Fire Captains, Fire Engineers, and Firefighter/Paramedics. This personnel works a 56 hour work week, providing firefighting capability, emergency medical response, and other emergency services out of the three strategically located fire stations, by way of three fire engines, one fire (ladder) truck, and battalion chief vehicle. This personnel responds to nearly 7,000 calls for service each year. Montebello is the fourth busiest fire department of the sixteen agencies (fourteen public and two industrial) served by the Verdugo Fire Communications Center.

The Risk Reduction and Prevention Division is staffed by the Fire Marshal, a Deputy Fire Marshal, and two Fire Inspector I’s. The Prevention Division is primarily responsible for preventing fire through plan reviews, inspections, enforcement, risk-reduction, outreach and education. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, fire and explosion investigations, emergency and disaster management and planning, and public education and community outreach. The Prevention Division is also provided with cross-staffing assistance from a Fire Engineer and additional Firefighter/Paramedic, for fire investigation and emergency management-related activities-respectively.

The Communications Division is staffed using contracted services, however the Division will be staffed by 2.0 FTEs, recently recruited and hired a Communications Supervisor, and is in the process of hiring a Communications Technician. The primary responsibility is to provide an uninterrupted operational radio system for all Montebello personnel, including police, fire, transit, public works, code enforcement, parks, etc. In addition to the City personnel, Montebello provides access to the radio system for the following Police Departments: Downey, Vernon, Whittier, and Montebello Unified School District. The Fire Department has a total of seven (7) radio sites, located within and outside the City of Montebello.



Organizational Chart

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Mission: The mission of the Fire Department is to provide efficient and effective life safety, property conservation and environment protection to the community through control of fire, rescue and emergency services, fire prevention, emergency preparedness, and mitigation of hazardous materials incidents. We will stand ready to support, and assist other fire service organizations in accomplishing their missions. This commitment is intended to safeguard the general economy, and welfare of the citizens of Montebello.

Department Motto:“Proudly serving the City of Montebello since 1922”.

Vision Statement: Community focused, value centered.

Core Values: The Montebello Fire Department achieves its mission by building upon a system of values. We uphold Professionalism, Integrity, Compassion, Service, Honesty, Stewardship and Courteousness as our core values.



Fire Administration Office

1600 W. Beverly Blvd

Montebello, CA 90640

Fire Administration Office Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm


Fire Station 55 (HQ)

600 N. Montebello Blvd

Montebello, CA 90640


Fire Station 56

1166 S. Greenwood Ave

Montebello, CA 90640


Fire Station 57

2950 W Via Acosta

Montebello, CA 90640

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