Jim Frawley, Fire Chief
230 Walnut Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Fire Admin Email
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Call 911 for all Emergencies
The Santa Cruz Fire Department provides emergency services to all it's residents and visitors that visit Santa Cruz on a daily basis. We respond to structure fires, emergency medical incidents, rescues, water rescues, hazardous materials incidents, automobile fires, wildland fires, as well as providing mutual aid to other local and State agencies. Additionally we provide lifeguard services to both Santa Cruz City and Capitola City beaches.
- Never swim alone.
- Be cautious at all times, especially when swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don’t go out!
- Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard protected beach.
- Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.
- If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
- Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
- If you are unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim towards shore.
- If you are still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
- If you see someone in trouble, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1 . Throw the rip current victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape.
Sky Lanterns are illegal in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Sky Lanterns are made from combustible materials such as paper bags or light fabrics which then take flight by the heat from an open flame candle. These devices are a fire safety hazard and we prohibit their use. These lanterns can travel through the air and come down in areas that can catch fire. The use of Sky Lanterns is prohibited by several laws and codes including the Health and Safety Code, T-19 Public Safety Code, the Public Resources Code, and the International Fire Code. See the California State Fire Marshal’s Information Bulletin about Sky Lanterns and the codes that allow Fire Agencies to prohibit their use.