Four firefighters join the Montecito fire department | Homes and Lifestyle
Posted on May 30, 2021
The Montecito Fire Department added four firefighters after successfully completing a 10-week fire academy. The firefighters’ recruits trained with the two recruits from the Carpinteria-Summerland fire department in a mixed fire academy. The six firefighters are part of class 123, which graduated on May 24.
“We are grateful to our partners at Carpinteria-Summerland Fire for allowing us to train our recruits alongside their recruits,” said the Montecito Fire Protection District. “The joint academy’s collaboration supports the overall success of both departments and our ability to effectively serve our South Coast communities.”
Joint Academy 123 was organized and facilitated by Montecito Fire Captain Bob Galbraith, who has been involved in many fire academies during his 10 years with the department and has stepped up to serve as the coordinator of the academy for class 123.
“The academy is an essential part of a firefighter’s career,” said Galbraith. “As academy instructors, we help define and shape the department’s expectations of new firefighters, so it’s very rewarding to be a part of this process.”
Montecito Fire Engineer Billy Wren served as the department’s academy assistant, working with Galbraith to develop training to prepare Class 123 to serve the community.
“Overall, this academy is a small part of their career,” Wren said. “I am delighted that these guys are coming to see what they are doing to serve the communities of Montecito and Carpinteria-Summerland.”
Firefighter Dustin Barthel is the Class 123 Major. He comes to the Montecito Fire Department with over eight years of experience, including as an Arroyo Grande Hotshot and for the City of San Luis Fire Department. Obispo. He lives in San Luis Obispo.
Firefighter / Paramedic Jared Gamm joins the department with experience in forest firefighting and paramedics. Gamm and Barthel worked together on the Arroyo Grande Hotshot team; most recently he worked as a paramedic in Monterey County. He lives in Shell Beach.
Firefighter Justin Pickens says it’s a “dream come true” to work for the Montecito Fire Department because he grew up on the South Coast and has family roots in Montecito. He brings nine years of experience to the community, previously as a firefighter for Santa Maria and the US Forest Service. He lives in Santa Barbara.
Firefighter Tyler McManigal began his career in the fire department at the Montecito Fire Department. He is a Navy veteran and remains in the Navy Reserve after seven years of active service.
McManigal is a native of Montecito who lost his father in the Debris Flow on January 9. He said joining the fire department was a personal mission and he felt honored to be working alongside the men and women who went out of their way to help community members like his father. He lives in Santa Barbara.
The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department is recruiting Firefighter / Paramedic Max Klett and Firefighter / Paramedic Justin Martin. Both grew up locally.