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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 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.

Winter holiday fires by the numbers

  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 38% of home Christmas tree fires.
  • One-fifth (20%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. One out of six (17%) started in the living room, family room or den. 
  • The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.
  • See more statistics on winter holiday fires.

Christmas tree & decoration fires

Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer. 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.

Holiday cooking

In 2013, the three leading dates for home structure fires caused by cooking were: Thanksgiving, Christmas day and Christmas Eve.That's why it's important to know what you can do to help keep your friends and family safe while entertaining for the holidays.

  • (A) STROKE, NUMBNESS 14 min ago
  • (B) CODE 3 MEDICAL 1.5 hr ago
  • (C) W CLIFF ALARM BOX* 2.1 hr ago
  • (D) FAINT,ALERT 2.3 hr ago
  • (E) SMOKEO* 3.1 hr ago