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.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
Child Seat Safety
The Santa Cruz Fire Department provides child seat safety inspections by appointment only. Please schedule 4-6 weeks in advance. Visit our Child Seat Safety page for more information and a list of other inspection sites.
2015/2016 Backyard Burn Season Permit Requirements
Beginning December 1st, backyard burn season will open for the burning of yard trimmings for one- and two-family dwellings ONLY. The burn season will end on April 30, 2016.
Before burning, all City residents must obtain a Backyard Burn Permit from the Administration Office at 230 Walnut Ave in Santa Cruz during normal business hours. The charge for the permit is $50 and it is valid for the entirety of burn season. In addition, all residents must call the Monterey Unified Air Pollution Control District (1-800-225-2876) on the day they plan to burn to confirm that it is a burn day. Conducting a backyard burn without a permit may result in a citation and you may be liable for all fire suppression costs. See our Fire Standards, Permits & Inspections page for more information.