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James 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 

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.


OCEAN SAFETY

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.


Santa Cruz FD Recent Alarms
  • (A) CODE 3 MEDICAL 12 min ago
    CLINIC FLOOR CAPITOLA
  • (B) GASIN* 17 min ago
    SCRC TB 0992 E1 N SANTA CRUZ
  • (C) FALL,POSS DANGR INJ 33 min ago
    SANTA CRUZ
  • (D) DIFF B, NOT ALERT 1.5 hr ago
    SANTA CRUZ INN RM 121 SANTA CRUZ
  • (E) FALL,UNKNOWN INJURY 1.6 hr ago
    APT 7D CAPITOLA