firefighters Local fire departments understaffed as coronavirus takes toll By Angel Russell • Dec 18, 2020 SLOCalFire Firefighters across San Luis Obispo County are getting infected with COVID-19, or have been ordered to stay home in quarantine due to possible exposure. Fire officials are urging extra vigilance to ensure departments can respond to emergencies. Five Cities Fire Authority's uncertain future By Tyler Pratt • Feb 28, 2019 Five Cities Fire Authority Listen Listening... / 2:22 Arroyo Grande city officials and community members met for over four hours this week to consider if Arroyo Grande should stay in the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA), which isn’t actually comprised of five cities, it’s three—including Oceano and Grover Beach. The meeting came after city staff recommended Arroyo Grande leave the fire department, essentially dissolving it. Now San Luis Obispo County officials may be stepping in to help save it.