CENTRAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

...protecting the communities of Capitola, Live Oak and Soquel since 1987...


Request for Proposals for Professional Auditing Services

The Central Fire Protection District of Santa Cruz County is requesting a formal bid proposal to AUDIT District’s financial records.  Only original hard copies will be accepted, no faxes or electronic mail.  Deadline for submission is July 20, 2015, no later than 1:30pm.  Late submittals will not be considered.  Full details and submission instructions can be found here.


Announcement of Open and Competitive Examination for Assistant Fire Chief

The Central Fire Protection District  (approximate population 56,000) serving the City of Capitola and communities of Live Oak and Soquel in Santa Cruz County is known for its crystal-blue skies, year-round beach and recreational access, exceptional schools, and a diverse community. The Fire District, with 49 full-time employees and an operating budget of $14.6 million is seeking a seasoned fire service professional with strong leadership and management skills to serve as the new Assistant Fire Chief. The ideal candidate will possess a broad range of fire suppression, EMS, and program experience to effectively guide the operations of a multi-faceted and well respected department. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills are a must for a candidate’s success in this recruitment. An active, involved, and visible leadership style will be valued. Candidates must possess nine (9) years of increasingly responsible experience in fire suppression. Candidates should possess three (3) years of command, management and administrative experience at the rank of Battalion Chief or above.  California Certified Chief Officer or equivalent and a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in the fire sciences, public administration or a related management field is required. The annual salary range for the Assistant Fire Chief position is $150,726-$166,176. The full announcement and qualifications for this position can be found here.  An application for this job can be found here.          

Final filing date: July 10, 2015 at noon (postmarks and faxes not accepted).


Announcement of Open and Competitive Examination for Battalion Chief

Under the supervision of the Fire Chief, the Battalion Chief is responsible for the daily supervision of the activities of all fire suppression personnel on an assigned shift. Plan, organize and direct district-wide operations of an assigned shift and administer or assist in the administration of district-wide policies, programs and functions, including budgetary responsibilities. Respond to fires and other emergencies, supervise fire control and emergency operational activities and assume an Incident Command role as necessary.  The full announcement and qualifications for this position can be found here.  An application for this job can be found here.

Final filing date: July 17, 2015 at noon (postmarks and faxes not accepted).


Announcement of Open and Competitive Examination for Battalion Chief-Training Officer/Safety Officer

Under the general direction of the Fire Chief, the Training/Safety Officer plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, implements and evaluates the District’s training, safety and career development programs. Also prepares, administers and monitors the training program's budget. Plan, organize and direct implementation of district-wide policies, programs and functions, including budgetary responsibilities. Respond to fires and other emergencies, supervise fire control and emergency operational activities and assume an Incident Command role as necessary.  The full announcement and qualifications for this position can be found here.  An application for this job can be found here.

Final filing date: July 17, 2015 at noon (postmarks and faxes not accepted).


Wildfire Defensible Space Inspections

Beginning in early spring, our wildfire defensible space (LE-100) inspectors will begin conducting defensible space inspections on properties located within the SRA.  Residents whose properties will be receiving these inspections will receive a letter in the mail notifying them of an upcoming inspection.  A copy of that letter can be viewed here.  In order to prepare your property for your LE-100 inspection and the upcoming wildfire season, check out these vegetation management and defensible space tips.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this important fire safety program.  Please contact our Fire Prevention Department at (831) 479-6843 if you have any questions regarding our LE-100 inspection program.  

 930 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: (831) 479-6842   Fax: (831) 479-6847

 

 

In the event of an emergency dial 9-1-1

Assembly Bill 29 - Fire Protection Fee

Many District residents are billed for fire protection from the State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. This is not a fee generated through Central Fire Protection District.  To learn more about the fee and the areas covered, visit the website at: http://www.firepreventionfee.org/ 

To obtain information regarding the status of payments, you can call the State Board of Equalization at 888-310-6447 or visit their website at: http://www.boe.ca.gov/sptaxprog/fire_prev_fee.htm 

Additional information regarding this tax can be found HERE.

               CONTACT INFORMATION FOR CENTRAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT 

 

For contact information, including phone numbers and addresses, please click the icon to the left.

 

 Notable Events and Information:

 

  KIDDE ISSUES RECALL FOR SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM MODELS
Kidde has issued a product recall for certain models of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors manufactured by the company.  To read details of the recall notice, click here.  The specific models affected by the recall are identified here.
  MANAGING EUCALYPTUS FOR A FIRE SAFE COMMUNITY

Large stands of Eucalyptus trees pose a very real threat to communities due to their known fire hazard characteristics.  Managing these stands for fire safety in our community poses a wide range of practical and economic challenges.  Click on the image to the left for a detailed explanation of these challenges and recommendations on managing large stand of eucalyptus in and around communities.

DEFENSIBLE SPACE INSPECTION INFORMATION

In an effort to minimize the threat to your home caused by fires, we (in cooperation with Cal Fire and Aptos La Selva Fire), will be conducting “defensible space” inspections over the next few weeks.  
For more information, please click the photo to the left.


NEW BATTERY REQUIREMENT FOR SMOKE ALARMS BEGINS JULY  1, 2014

The new Senate Bill 745 has been signed by Governor Brown and chaptered into law.  Commencing July 1, 2014 all new smoke alarms that are solely battery powered shall contain a nonreplaceable, nonremovable 10-year battery.
Read More Here


DANGEROUS FIRE SEASON!

California is experiencing one of the worst fire seasons we've seen in a long time.  We urge you to stay aware, cautious, and safe.  To learn more about the status of current fires and incidents in California, click the icon to the left.

  WEED ABATEMENT:

Please help us prevent the loss of property and/or life. Make sure to remove weeds and brush from around your home or property. To learn more, click the icon to the left. 

2015 CENTRAL FIRE INCIDENT STATISTICS:

2013 Central Fire Incident Statistics are available for review. To see them, navigate to the "About Central Fire" page and scroll down. Or click the icon to the left.

 

 

                                                                                          
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