News Flash

Home

26 Stories
Posted on: December 10, 2019

How To Conduct A Safe Backyard Burn

Planning a backyard burn?  Here are 8 tips for conducting a safe backyard burn:

1. Check the conditions.

Don’t burn when it’s windy or very dry.  Backyard burns are only allowed on permissible burn days as determined by...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: December 2, 2019

Holiday Toy Drive Event - December 7th & 8th

Join us this Saturday and Sunday for a Holiday Toy Drive at the Capitola Mall!  This event will be hosted by Aptos/La Selva Fire, Central Fire, Capitola Police Department, and the Salvation Army.

Where: Capitola Mall (by the food court)

When: Satur...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: December 2, 2019

2019 Battle of the Badge Blood Drive

It's that time of year again!  Central Fire will be hosting our annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 from 10AM-4PM at our Live Oak Fire Station at 930 17th Avenue.

To schedule your appointment or for more inform...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: November 25, 2019

2019-2020 Burn Season Notice

The 2019-2020 Backyard Burn Season is almost upon us!

The 2019-2020 Backyard Burn Season will run from December 1st, 2019 – April 3rd, 2020. All residents who wish to conduct a backyard burn MUST obtain a permit from the fire district where their...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: November 25, 2019

Office Hours Notice - Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Our Administration Office will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Home
Posted on: November 21, 2019

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

We are officially ONE WEEK OUT from the big day!  Did you know Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment?  With so much kitchen activity and so many people underfoot (especially children!), Th...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: November 19, 2019

Now Accepting Second Harvest Food Bank Donations

Do you want to be a Hunger Hero this holiday season?

Central Fire is once again partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to collect non-perishable food items for local families in need.  You can drop off your donation of non-perishable food items ...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: October 31, 2019

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips - Central Fire

Halloween is CREEPING up on us! Central Fire Protection District wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween experience. Take a minute to read these 3 tips to make sure you and your family stay safe while trick-or-treating.

  1. SAFETY IN NUMBERS:Join kids under...
Read on...

Home
Posted on: October 30, 2019

Enroll in CodeRED to Receive Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device

CodeRED logo

If you had to evacuate your home or business, how would you know?

With wildfire evacuations currently taking place in some parts of California, how to get notified about evacuation orders should be at the top of your mind. The most common way residents and...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: October 30, 2019

New Resource: Survival Guide for Public Safety Power Shutoffs

Public Safety Power Shutoff Survival Guide - Central Fire

Public Safety Power Shutoffs have had a widespread effect on residents and businesses throughout Santa Cruz County over the past two weeks. With these power down events anticipated to become more common during wildfire season, we encourage residents and b...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: October 16, 2019

Earthquake Preparedness - Before, During, & After

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety - Earthquake Country Alliance

With the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake coming up tomorrow on Thursday, October 17th and the small earthquakes that have been shaking up our area over the past few days, it’s safe to say that earthquake preparedness is at the top...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: October 10, 2019

Join Us For Our Open House This Weekend!

IMG_7943

What are you up to this weekend?  Join us for our Annual Open House!

Saturday, October 12th 

11:00AM – 3:00PM

Aptos/La Selva Fire Station 1

6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA

This year is going to be our best year yet, with Central Fire a...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Generator Safety

Gas generator

If you are planning to use a fuel powered generator during the PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff, please review the following safety tips to ensure you are operating your generator safely. As always, please share this safety information with your frien...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Planned PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff - October 9th, 2019

PGE Power shutoff

Based on current forecasted weather conditions, PG&E is planning a power shut-off that will include parts of Santa Cruz County.

More than 32,000 customers in the county could be impacted starting early Wednesday morning. This is a precautionary measure...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: June 27, 2019

Fireworks Safety This 4th of July

Fireworks

The Fourth of July holiday is next week and since many District residents will be celebrating this weekend and next weekend, we wanted to take a moment to remind you about fireworks safety, areas where fireworks are prohibited, and how to report illegal f...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: May 15, 2019

Defensible Space Inspections Beginning for Properties in Urban-Wildland Interface Zone on May 1st

Defensible Space

Beginning May 1st, LE100 Defensible Space Inspectors from Central Fire Protection District and CalFIRE will begin defensible space inspections on properties located in the Urban-Wildland Interface Zone. 

Defensible Space inspections are an importa...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: May 15, 2019

Help us 'Fill the Boot' for the Muscular Dystrophy Association!

People standing in front of fire engine holding signs.

Central Fire Protection District, with the support of Firefighters Union Local 3605, will be sponsoring a fundraising effort to help support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The event will take place at the intersection of Stockton and Capitola Avenues,...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: February 26, 2019

Fire Prevention Bureau Relocating on April 1st, 2019

 Aptos La Selva Fire Administration Office

Earlier this month, the Board of Directors for both Central Fire and Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection Districts voted to enter into a shared services agreement for both of their respective Fire Prevention Divisions. This joint operation is an effort to comb...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: February 13, 2019

2018 Annual Report Now Available!

Cover_ 2018 Central Fire Protection District Annual Report

The Central Fire Protection District 2018 Annual Report was presented at our Board of Director's Meeting on Tuesday.  The Annual Report gives an overview of District activities and highlights the accomplishments of each of our Divisions over the ...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Administration Office Closed on Monday 2/18

Presidents Day

Our Administration Office will be closed on Monday, February 18th for Presidents' Day. We will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, February 19th. Please plan your visit to our office accordingly.

Home
Posted on: January 15, 2019

Power Outage Survival Guide

Power Outage Survival Guide

With lots of rainy weather and high winds expected this week, there’s a chance you and your family could experience a power outage.  The following tips will help you be prepared Before, During, and After!

Before:

  • Take an inventory of the ...
Read on...

Home
Posted on: January 8, 2019

State Fire Marshal Warns Consumers About Unapproved Fire Extinguishers

Tundra Fire Extinguisher Notice

The California State Fire Marshal has issued an informational bulletin warning consumers about unapproved fire extinguishers being sold in California. The extinguisher in the warning is the Tundra Fire Extinguisher manufactured by BRK Brands and marketed ...
Read on...

Home
Posted on: January 4, 2019

Knox Box Ordering Now Online

Knox-Box - installed

As of January 1st, 2019 Central Fire will now be allowing residents and businesses of the District to order Knox Box products online through our new online ordering portal: www.knoxbox.com/2543 

PLEASE NOTE: this online ordering portal is ONLY for...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: January 3, 2019

Winter Heating Safety Tips

wood stove

Is it just us, or has it been FREEZING the past few days??  However you heat your home, make sure to follow these tips to do so safely:

Portable Heaters:

  • Turn portable heaters OFF when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Keep anything that can burn at ...
Read on...

Home
Posted on: December 19, 2018

Put the Freeze on Holiday Fires

Holiday Candles

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year.  They also pose some unique challenges when it comes to fire safety!  Here’s a big round-up of tips to help you keep your holidays merry and bright this year – without an...

Read on...

Home
Posted on: December 18, 2018

Are you planning to travel for the holidays this year? Check out these 4 tips for holiday travel:

Holiday Travel Safety Tips

AAA estimates that 1 in 3 Americans will be traveling this holiday season. If you're one of those people who will be hitting the road, we encourage you to take a few minutes to review these safety tips:

  • Make sure your home is secure. If you have an alarm s...
Read on...

Home