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.
Fire Administration Office
1600 W. Beverly Blvd
Montebello, CA 90640
Fire Chief – Fernando Pelaez
323-887-4510 - Phone
Fire Marshal – Daniel Sifuentes
323-887-4507 / 323-680-1042
Deputy Director – Angelica Palmeros
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.
Montebello Fire Department
The Montebello Fire Department was commission on June 20, 1922, with Edward M. Schaak as its first Chief. This was the second year after the City was incorporated and Montebello’s population was estimated to 3,000 residents. The fire equipment consisted of one Hirsch Combination Engine and Pumper and it was kept at the rented fire station located at 309 West Whittier Blvd. Volunteers were referred to as “Call Men” and were depended on to handle fires and other emergencies. Their pay ranged from $1.50 to $5.00 per run. Between August of 1922 and the year’s end only four fire alarms were noted in the records.
Since these humble beginnings, the Montebello Fire Department services approximately 64,000 residents and operates 1 fire truck, 3 fire engines, 1 battalion vehicle. There are 3 fire stations: Station 55 (HQ), Station 56, and Station 57. In addition there are Fire Administration offices in City Hall providing administrative support to the Fire Department. In 2020 approximately 6,500 fire and medical calls were recorded.