The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District was formed on June 15, 1934. The district covers over 40 square miles bordered by the Pacific to the west, to the eastern edge of the Los Padres National Forest, and bordered from north to south by the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara/Ventura County line. The district provides several services in addition to the traditional responsibilities of fire suppression including EMS, public education, fire prevention, and wildland fire abatement.
The district staffs two fire stations. Station 61 is located in Carpinteria, and Station 62 is located in Summerland. Station 61 is staffed with 5 personnel and responds with an engine and a squad, ME61 and Squad 61. Station 62 is staffed with 3 personnel on ME62. Additionally, each station is able to provide specialized units for water rescue, beach/trail rescue, wildland fires, and responds to approximately 3800 calls annually.
The command staff is made up of a fire chief and three battalion chiefs who operate out of the district administrative office in Carpinteria.
A five-member Board of Directors, which is elected to four-year alternating terms, governs the district. The regular meetings of the Fire Board of Directors are held on the first Wednesday of each month at Carpinteria City Hall.