James 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.
The Fire Department also responds to many non-emergency incidents such as standby incidents with police, public service calls, fire safety inspections as well as public education and child safety seat inspections.
Not all beaches along the California coastline are recommended for swimming or wading. The very things that make these areas such spectacular places to look at and enjoy can be lethal to those caught unaware along the shoreline.
Large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly.
There is limited lifeguard service along some portions of the coast. Check with on-duty park staff about the ocean conditions. Please be aware that conditions may change quickly along the coastline. When in doubt—don’t go out!
Sky lanterns are illegal in our State, prohibited by NFPA code requirements and they are extremely dangerous. Read here for more details about what makes Sky Lanterns so dangerous.