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Santa Barbara County Fire selects new public information officer

Posted at 8:47 AM, Mar 20, 2019

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has appointed a new public information officer to take over for Captain Dave Zaniboni.

Capt. Zaniboni will retire from the department Thursday after 33 years of service. He joined SBCFD as a firefighter/paramedic and climbed the ranks during his tenure, rounding out his career as the department’s public information officer.

The public information officer, or PIO, serves as the primary liaison between the fire department and the media. Capt. Zaniboni worked closely with KSBY and other media outlets, providing updates on various emergency situations including the Sherpa Fire, Whittier Fire, Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide.

Capt. Daniel Bertucelli will now serve as the PIO for Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. He shared a photo on Twitter of Capt. Zaniboni (left) and retiring division chief Steve Oaks (right) with fire chief Mark Hartwig (middle).

Capt. Bertucelli joined the department in 2005 as a firefighter/paramedic and was later promoted to captain.  He brings experience with water rescues, urban search & rescues, air support and hazmat response to his new role as PIO.