Tag archives: David Neels

Montecito Fire Hosts Wildfire Preparedness Community Meeting Plus, upcoming test of the ReadySBC Alert system across Montecito
By Christina Favuzzi   |   July 12, 2022

As we enjoy the sunny, warm summer weather, Montecito firefighters are acutely aware that our landscape is becoming drier and more receptive to rapid fire growth. It’s a reality of living in this stunning place.  “We all live with certain risks,” said Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Taylor. “When it comes to living with the risk […]

Montecito Association Meets
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   April 19, 2022

At this month’s Montecito Association meeting, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Lieutenant Butch Arnoldi reported on the most recent crime events in Montecito.  Arnoldi noted an abandoned rental car on East Mountain Drive; vandalism at Hot Springs trailhead; mailbox destroyed on Buena Vista; intoxicated subject breaking into vehicle on Lilac Drive; embezzlement scam on School House […]

Critical Reminder: It’s Sundowner Season on the South Coast
By Christina Favuzzi   |   October 26, 2021

The South Coast experienced its first, and hopefully only, significant wildland fire of the 2021 fire season last week. The Alisal Fire started above Refugio, along West Camino Cielo, at about 2 pm on October 11. It was propelled by powerful downcanyon winds — what are locally referred to as “sundowners.” Additionally, much of the […]

Montecito Fire Welcomes New Battalion Chief
By Kelly Mahan Herrick   |   November 7, 2019

Montecito Fire Department welcomes new Battalion Chief, David Neels. “We are very excited to transition Chief Neels into our already excellent management team and look forward to drawing from his depth of knowledge as an emergency response professional,” said Montecito Fire Chief Kevin Taylor.  Chief Neels began his career in 1998 with the Santa Barbara County […]