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.
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.
- College students living away from home should take a few minutes to make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment. Educating students on what they can do to stay safe during the school year is important and often overlooked.
- Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
- Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
- Never remove batteries or disable the alarm.
- Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
- If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
- When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
- During a power outage, use a flashlight.
- Cook only where it is permitted.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
- Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
- Check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a barbeque grill, fire pit, or chimenea.
- Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
- Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.
More campus fire safety information
- Cooking and kitchen safety for students (PDF, 379 KB)
- Student tips: Know what to do in case of a fire (PDF, 2 MB)
- Fire parents and students: Questions to ask your landlord (PDF, 386 KB)
- Safety checklist (PDF, 1 MB) for students who are moving to off-campus housing