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(including UCSC) 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.
Contact the UCSC Campus Fire Marshal's Office if you have fire prevention questions specific to UCSC.
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.
Consider registering for the next CERT course, free to all City Residents. Next classes start October 11th. Location is Branciforte Small Schools. Visit the Santa Cruz County CERT website where signing up for upcoming classes is free and easy.
Fire Prevention Week October 9-15, 2016
This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” represents the final year of our three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.
Why focus on smoke alarms three years in a row? Because NFPA’s survey data shows that the public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
As a result of those and related findings, we’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
- Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
- Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
- To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.
- More information about smoke alarms.
Sky Lanterns are illegal in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Sky Lanterns are made from combustible materials such as paper bags or light fabrics which then take flight by the heat from an open flame candle. These devices are a fire safety hazard and we prohibit their use. These lanterns can travel through the air and come down in areas that can catch fire. The use of Sky Lanterns is prohibited by several laws and codes including the Health and Safety Code, T-19 Public Safety Code, the Public Resources Code, and the International Fire Code. See the California State Fire Marshal’s Information Bulletin about Sky Lanterns and the codes that allow Fire Agencies to prohibit their use.