Central Fire Protection District serves 28 square miles and encompasses the communities of Live Oak, Soquel, and Capitola.  The resident population is in excess of 55,000, with a seasonal influx during the summer.  The District responds to over 5,700 requests for service annually to fire, rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous materials calls, and assorted alarms.

Central Fire Protection District has several robust program areas including Emergency Medical Services, Water Rescue, Fire Investigation, Hazardous Materials, Urban Search and Rescue, and Training.