Big Sur Fire Roster

Big Sur Fire is made up of individuals dedicated to serving the Big Sur community and surrounding area.  Their service is at the highest level which provides for an effective and efficient fire and rescue emergency response. The dedication they possess is not only for the residents and businesses of Big Sur, but also for the many visitors and guests that visit the Big Sur area.


Administrative Personnel:

Tori Chesebrough-Buckles                              Administrative Assistant

Jaci Pappas                                                         Bookkepper

Deb Bales                                                            Scribe

Terry Hallock                                                        Grant Applications / Administration

Chris Smith                                                          Fire / Rescue Trainer

Dan Gearhart                                                       Webmaster / Photographer


Board of Directors:

James Betts, M.D.                                              Board Chair

Martha Karstens                                                CEO / Fire Chief

Frank Pinney                                                       Vice President

Mary Trotter                                                         Secretary

Lana Weeks                                                       Treasurer

Jim Hill                                                                Director-at-Large



Fire Chief:

Martha Karstens


Deputy Fire Chief:

Matthew Harris



Jeannie Alexander                         Medical Captain

John Coombs                                 Medical Responder


Engine 7831:                                (Station #1)

Steve Graham                                   Captain

Marcus Foster                                   Lieutenant

Rayner Marx                                      Engineer

Trey Kropp                                         Engineer

Martine Palafox                                  Firefighter

James Betts, M.D.                             Firefighter

Fabian Perez                                     Firefighter

Wendy Waters                                   Firefighter

Luke Perkins                                      Firefighter

Rafael Garcia                                     Firefighter

Katie Lewis                                        Firefighter

Adam Slawter                                    Firefighter

Lyle Southall                                      Firefighter


Engine 7852:                                (Station #2)

Jon Knight                                           Captain

Jeff Carmichael                                  Engineer

James Barrow                                    Firefighter

Thomas Leahy                                   Firefighter


Engine 7854:                                 (Station #4)

Caleb Chesser                                  Firefighter

Joel DePola                                        Firefighter

Mike Handy                                         Firefighter

Brooke Russell                                  Firefighter


Water Tenders Drivers / Operators:

Hubbs Hubback

Jess Mason

Tevye Morgenrath

Jim Gray