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Jim Frawley, Fire Chief

Fire Administration
230 Walnut Ave.                
Santa Cruz, CA 95060       
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Office Hours: 
Monday - Thursday 
8:00 am - 12:00 pm 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Closed Fridays       

Call 911 for all Emergencies

The Santa Cruz Fire Department provides emergency services to all it's residents(including UCSC) 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.  

Contact the UCSC Campus Fire Marshal's Office if you have fire prevention questions specific to UCSC.

Halloween Safety Tips

Download these NFPA safety tips for Halloween (PDF, 348 KB)

Planning ahead this year, you can help make this Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun!

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways and yards.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.

  • Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with the hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.

Sky Lanterns

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.