Dedication and Experience
The CCSD Fire Department is comprised of Fire Chief William Hollingsworth, Captains Emily Torlano, Jonathan Gibson, and Daniel McCrain; Engineers Ryan Maloney, Michael Burkey, and Michael Castellanos. Staff is supported by approximately a dozen paid on-call reservists who are shared with the County of San Luis Obispo as well as the North Coast Ocean Rescue team.
William Hollingsworth was promoted to the position of Fire Chief in May 2016, and has been working in emergency services since January 1991. William graduated summa cum laude from Waldorf University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Administration. He maintains California State Fire Marshal certifications as a Chief Officer, Company Officer, Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Investigator and Training Instructor. He has been a paramedic for 24 years, and works with the regional fire and arson investigative team SLOFIST. William is married with five children.
Fire captains supervise the on-duty crew, which includes one engineer and one firefighter. They also handle emergency calls and other fire department duties. Each brings a specific area of expertise to the Cambria CSD Fire Department.
Captain Emily Torlano began her fire service career with the United States Forest Service in 1996. She was hired at Cambria Fire Department immediately after graduating from the Allan Hancock College Fire Academy in 2000. She obtained her paramedic license in 2004, and continued to work her way up the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, and was promoted to Captain in 2015. During her career she has developed a passion for teaching, training, and writing. She has been proactive in making training a high priority and spends countless hours researching and writing grants for the department. She has an Associate Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor Degree in Fire Science Administration, and is currently working on her Master’s in Organizational Leadership/Teacher Leader. She also holds numerous fire service certifications. Captain Torlano prefers to spend her days off finding adventures with her two sons. She also enjoys mountain climbing, trail running, and anything outdoors.
Captain Johnathan Gibson has 17 years of experience in the Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Within these years of service, Johnathan began his tenure with the Cambria CSD Fire Department in 2004 as a reserve firefighter and eventually worked his way up to the rank of captain in 2012. He graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Firefighter 1 Academy in 2001 and also graduated from the National College of Technical Instruction with his Paramedic License in 2011. Johnathan also holds California State certifications as a Fire Officer, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Instructor, as well as, many other Fire Service related certifications.
Captain Daniel McCrain was born at Fresno Community Hospital on June 16th 1975. He grew up in Oakhurst California and began his Fire service career with Madera County Fire Department as a Paid Call Firefighter in 1994. He attended the Fresno City College fire academy and graduated top of the class in class #3. He worked 5 seasons with the US Forest Service on a wildland engine in the Sierra National Forest. He also worked as an EMT and became a Paramedic in 2002 with Sierra Ambulance Service in Oakhurst, CA. Once he moved to the central coast, he became employed with San Luis Ambulance, then he became the Operations Director for the Cambria Community healthcare District in 2010. He has been employed with the Cambria Community Services District Fire Department since 2009 as a Reserve Firefighter and Engineer until his promotion to Captain. He lives in Paso Robles with his wife Stephanie and two daughters Madison and Louie ages 9 and 3. He and his wife celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary this year.
Engineers are required to be certified firefighters as well as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). The engineers drive and maintain firefighting vehicles and are responsible for pumping water during fires and other emergencies.
Ryan Maloney started with the CCSD as a Reserve Firefighter in 1999 and was promoted to full-time Fire Engineer in January 2005. From 1997-2006, Ryan was with the Arroyo Grande Fire Department as Engineer II and OIC. He holds numerous certifications for firefighting and engineering, and has his state captain certifications. He is also a coordinator for North Coast Ocean Rescue (NCOR). Ryan lives in Arroyo Grande with his wife and wonderful daughter.
Michael Burkey was born in a farm house in San Miguel California in 1977. His father delivered him as planned on April 2. He was the last of four children, which included two older brothers and one older sister. He grew up on the Central Coast of California, and went to school here all the way through high school. He attended one of the last one room school houses in California, Pleasant Valley Elementary School and graduated from Atascadero High School in 1996. He then moved to San Diego California and obtained his EMT certification in 1997 from Miramar College and began working for East County Fire Protection District as a Firefighter/EMT. He continued through school and worked for various ambulance agencies in San Diego County before relocating back to San Luis Obispo County where he continued his EMS career with San Luis Ambulance. He became a Paramedic with San Luis Ambulance in 2004, after attending N.C.T.I., in Milpitas, Ca. During his time at SLAS, he obtained his ACLS, PALS, and PHTLS Instructor and began teaching at the Cuesta College Paramedic Program, which he still does today. He became a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic in 2009 with Selma City Fire Department. In 2010, he became a full-time employee with the Cambria Community Healthcare District. In 2011, he became a Reserve Firefighter with Cambria CSD Fire Department. He obtained his Engineer qualification in June, 2016. In 2009, he married his amazing wife Diane and soon after, bought a home in Paso Robles, California, where he still resides.
Michael Castellanos was born and raised in Cambria and graduated from Coast Union High School. He started his fire career in Siskiyous County as a Firefighter with Lake Shastina Fire Department. He's been a Firefighter for Cambria Fire Department for five years, and two years with CAL FIRE. He's also been an employee for Cambria Ambulance for the last 4 years. He's always taking new classes to stay up to date with his skills.
SAFER Firefighters (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response)
SAFER firefighters were hired in March of 2016 for a two year period. All costs for the SAFER program are paid by FEMA. After the two year period, local agencies have to absorb the cost to maintain the positions.
Our current SAFER firefighters are Ian Van Weerden Poelman, Ben Shank, Aaron Hunt.
The Fire Department is fortunate to have many reserve part-time firefighters.
Many of our firefighters are also paramedics. We strive to provide the most qualified team to our community.
North Coast Ocean Rescue (NCOR)
The North Coast Ocean Rescue team (NCOR) is a group of volunteers dispatched through the 911 system to ocean emergencies from Morro Bay to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse.