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Jim Frawley, Fire Chief

Fire Administration
230 Walnut Ave.                
Santa Cruz, CA 95060       
831-420-5280 
Fire Admin Email   
Office Hours: 
Monday - Thursday 
8:00 am - 12:00 pm 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Closed Fridays       


Call 911 for all Emergencies

Santa Cruz Fire Department Administration and Prevention will be closed during the City’s holiday closure, December 23-January 3. Fire plan checks and fire inspections will not be done during the closure. We will reopen for business at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

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.


Annual Toy Drive 

It's time once again for the Santa Cruz Firefighters Local #1716 annual Toys 4 Kids Drive, which will run this year until December 19th. Donations of new or near new toys will be accepted at the following locations:

Fire Administration - 230 Walnut Avenue (during office hours)
Fire Station #1 - 711 Center Street
Fire Station #2 - 1103 Soquel Avenue
Fire Station #3 - 335 Younglove Avenue 
Fire Station #4 – UCSC – 701 Chinquapin Road
La Posada Retirement Community – 609 Frederick Street

Toys should be unwrapped and will be distributed to needy families through the Word of Life Church, the Walnut Avenue Women's Center, the Salvation Army, Sienna House, Boys & Girls Club and the Coral Street Shelter. Monetary donations will also be accepted and will be exchanged for food cards at Safeway. Checks should be made out to Local #1716.

Second Harvest Food Drive

We are accepting food donations for the Second Harvest Holiday Food and Fund Drive at the following locations:

Fire Administration - 230 Walnut Avenue (during office hours)
Fire Station #1 - 711 Center Street
Fire Station #2 - 1103 Soquel Avenue
Fire Station #3 - 335 Younglove Avenue 
Fire Station #4 – UCSC – 701 Chinquapin Road


Winter Holiday Safety

Between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees.

  • One out of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems. Make sure all your Christmas lights are in good working order, with no frayed cords or missing lights. Don’t link more than three strands of lights together at a time.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires. Keep your tree away from heating vents, space heaters or fireplaces.
  • Make sure the tree you select is fresh and free of dry/falling needles. In the tree lot, run fingers gently over a branch and bend it slightly. If the wood breaks and/or needles fall easily from it, the tree is too dry.
  • A fresh cut in the base should me made (straight across, for better water intake) right before placing in the stand.
  • The trunk should be submerged in water at all times. Check the water level daily, to prevent drying out.