Archives - January 2017 Minimize

New Child Safety Law In Effect

As of January 1, 2017, children under 2 years old must be properly buckled in a rear-facing car seat, unless they weigh 40 lbs. or more or are 40” taller or more.  For more information on child car seats and booster seat safety, visit our Car Seat Safety page.

Tree Recycling Bins

A dried out Christmas tree can be a huge hazard to your home!  Our Station 1 location, at 6934 Soquel Drive, now has a tree recycling bin available (through the first 2 weeks of January) to safely recycle your trees.  The collected trees are then mulched and used for various County-wide landscaping projects.  Please make sure trees are free of flocking, tinsel, wires and other non-biodegradable décor before placing in the bin. 

Holiday Hours

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on Friday, December 30, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017, for the New Years holiday, and Monday, January 16, 2017, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Normal office hours are 8 am to 5 pm weekdays, and closed for lunch from 12 pm to 1 pm.


Archives - Holiday Safety 2017 Minimize

Click the graphic below for tips on staying safe during the Winter holidays!

 


Archives - February 2017 Minimize

A/LSFD Master Plan Meeting

The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District invites the public to attend a Special Board Meeting/Public Meeting on February 23, 2017, at 7:00 pm, regarding development a Fire District Master Plan. Those unable to attend the meeting may also add their input in our feedback section, to the right of this article (all community feedback submitted prior to March 1 will be considered during the planning process).  For details, visit our Board of Directors page.

National Burn Awareness Week

February 5-11 is National Burn Awareness Week!  Each year, over 450,000 burn injuries occur in the United States that are serious enough to require medical treatment.

Between 2007 and 2013, the proportion of burn center admissions due to scald burns increased from 29.8% to 33.7%.  Approximately 62% of these scald burns occur in children under the age of 5.  A few simple steps can make a huge difference in keeping your children (and others) safe from the dangers of scalding burns.

  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees F (48 degrees C), or just below the medium setting.
  • Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap.
  • Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots.
  • Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove, so children cannot pull them down.
  • Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot food and drinks.
  • Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open heated containers away from you, from back to front.
  • Keep children away from the stove when cooking by using a safety gate for younger children, and marking with tape a 3-foot "no kid zone" for older children.
  • Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters, and avoid using tablecloths and placemats.
  • Use a travel mug with a tight-fitting lid for all hot drinks.
  • Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot drink in your hand.

For more info on scalding prevention, watch the video below:

Invitation to Bid - Weed Abatement Contractor

The District is seeking a qualified Weed Abatement Specialist for lot clearing services during our Spring/Summer 2017 Weed Abatement season.  Bid packets are available during normal business hours at our Administration Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA  95003, or online at the link provided below.  Sealed bids must be received at our Administration Office no later than Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM.  Postmarks will not be accepted.  For more information, contact our Prevention Bureau at (831) 685-6690.

                                 

Admin Office Holiday

The A/LSFPD Administration Office will be closed on Monday, February 20, for Presidents Day.  We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend!

 

 

 

 


Archives - March 2017 Minimize

Spring Forward & Test Your Smoke Alarms

As the clocks spring forward an hour on March 12, it’s a great way to remind yourself to check your smoke alarm batteries as well (not to mention your carbon monoxide detectors, too.  It’s a well-proven fact that smoke alarms save lives, so it’s important to regularly make sure they’re in working order.  For more info on Smoke Alarms, the Red Cross has some great safety tips on their website.

Ocean Safety Tips

As the weather warms and spring break begins, many kids (and adults) will be heading for the beach in the coming months. Now is the time to brush up on Ocean Safety with your family. Important tips such as swimming with a partner, wearing flotation devices and not swimming against the current could help save a life! For more helpful tips, visit our Ocean Safety page. More information on swimming, boating and surfing safety can be found at the CA State Parks page, as well.

 


Archives - April 2017 Minimize

Weed Abatement

Starting in the first week of April, property owners of vacant lots will be receiving notices of Weed Abatement Correction for any parcels they own within the District. The District will NOT be providing contractor services during the 2017 season.  All vacant lot owners are responsible for their own mitigation efforts. A list of licensed weed abatement contractors is available at the link below.  The District may issue a citation on all vacant parcels that have not been cleared of combustible vegetation (weeds over 12” in height, sage brush, chapparal, poison oak, etc.) after June 1, 2017. 


                                         


Defensible Space Clearance

With fire season approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about creating “Defensible Space” around your home. Defensible space is an area adjacent to your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an area where firefighters can effectively defend your property. For more information on creating your defensible space, please see the publication "Living With Fire" at the link provided, or click the photo to the right of this article.

Burn Season Ending April 30, 2017

The Backyard Burn season is coming to a close on Sunday, April 30, 2017. No burning will be allowed after this date, until the season opens again in December 2017. For those wanting to burn in the month of April, burn permits are available at our Administration Office, during normal business hours (8 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

Public Hearing Notice

The Board of Directors of the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District will consider adopting a proposed resolution establishing fees for permits and services.  If adopted, the revised fees are anticipated to be effective July 1, 2017.  Copies of all related documents are available for review during regular business hours at the District Administrative Office.

The District will hold a Public Hearing to discuss this proposed Resolution at the Regular Board Meeting scheduled on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held in the upstairs Multi-Purpose room at Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Administrative Office, located at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA  95003. All interested persons are invited to be present and be heard. Written communications may be directed to:  Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Board of Directors, 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. For further information, contact Trevor Dirksen, Division Chief, Fire Marshal, at (831) 685-6690.

CERT Classes for April-May

Are you prepared for the next big disaster? Santa Cruz County CERT Council offers Community Emergency Response Team training for neighborhood groups, individuals and businesses wanting to learn disaster preparedness skills for earthquakes, floods, large fires and other natural and man-made disaster situations.  New classes are open in Aptos in April and May, starting April 26, 2017.  For a full schedule of courses and information on how to sign up, visit www.santacruzcountycert.org.    

 

 


Archives - May 2017 Minimize

Weed Abatement Program Underway

As of the last week of April, all vacant lot owners should have received a yellow notice regarding Weed Abatement requirements on their property. Unlike past years, the District will NOT be providing contractor services during the 2017 season. All vacant lot owners are responsible for their own mitigation efforts. A list of licensed weed abatement contractors is available at the link below. The District may issue a citation on all vacant parcels that have not been cleared of combustible vegetation (weeds over 12” in height, sage brush, chaparral, poison oak, etc.) after June 1, 2017.


Defensible Space Clearance

Have you created a “Defensible Space” around your home? Defensible space is an area adjacent to your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an area where firefighters can effectively defend your property. For more information on creating your defensible space, please see the publication "Living With Fire" at the link provided, or click the photo to the right of this article.

Car Seat Safety Event

Did you know that approximately 75% of car seats are installed correctly? When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and belts can reduce fatal auto accident injuries by up to 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers ages 1-4.

Dominican Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are offering a free car seat fitting station event for the community on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 9 AM to 1 PM. The event will be held at Dominican Hospital at 3050 Paul Sweet Road, in Santa Cruz. Space is limited, and appointments can be made in advance for this event beginning May 1, 2017. To reserve your space, call Jennifer Blanke at (831) 462-7266. For more details on this event and car seat safety, visit our Car Seat Safety page.

Office Closed Memorial Day

The Admin Office at 6934 Soquel Dr. will be closed on Monday, May 29th, for Memorial Day. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend, and thank all those who have served our military for their dedication and service.


Archives - June 2017 Minimize

FREE CPR Class Offered July 18, 2017

The District is holding a free Bystander CPR Class (for infant/child/adult CPR) on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  Space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.  This course is not for professional medical certification, but does feature the basic hands-only method of CPR for infants, children and adults, as well as a brief segment on defibrillator use.  For more information, visit our CPR Page, or call the Adminstration Office at 831-685-6690.

 Resolution 3-16 Approved - "Establishing Fees for Permits & Services"

At the regular March Board Meeting, Resolution 3-16, "Establishing Fees for Permits and Services", was approved.  This Resolution and updated fee schedule detail is available via the icon to the right, or at this link. The new fee schedule includes updated costs for services provided, which will become effective July 1, 2017. No new fees were added or removed from the previous schedule (as outlined in Resolution 10-93). 
 

Now Hiring - Administrative Assistant

The Aptos/La Selva FPD is hiring a full time Administrative Assistant for our busy Administrative Office.  For details, click the icon below, or visit our Career Development page.

 

Weed Abatement Program Update

The deadline for clearing weeds from vacant lots is June 1, 2017. An inspector will be visiting lots in the District to check for compliance throughout the month of June. If residents have concerns over a particulary hazardous lot or property with excessive weeds, we now have our Weed Hazard Complaint Form available online.  This form can be completed and mailed to our Admin. Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 95003. Anonymous complaints will not be investigated - however, all complaintant information is kept confidential when submitting this form.
For any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact our Administration Office at 831-685-6690.

 


Archives - July 2017 Minimize

Joint Recruitment for Firefighter/Paramedics

The District is participating in a Joint Firefighter/Paramedic Recruitment with Santa Cruz City FD, Watsonville FD and Central FPD. Recruitment will close after the first 250 qualified applications are received, or on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 (whichever comes first).  To learn more, visit the City of Santa Cruz Human Resources website at:

http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/human-resources/city-jobs

Written Communications Guidelines

In response to public request, the District has outlined clear guidelines for submitting written communications to the Board of Directors on our website.  Please click the “Board of Directors” graphic to the right to learn more. The District welcomes any and all feedback from the public.

Ad Hoc Committee Formation

The Board of Directors is currently planning to form an Ad Hoc committee comprised of District employees and at least one member of the public, to aid communication regarding current District concerns.  If you are a member of the public interested in participating, click the button below to submit your information to our Director of Business Services, who will forward the information to our Ad Hoc Committee Board members.

4th of July - Celebrate Safely!

According to recent CPSC Data, an average of 250 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.  Celebrate safely and smart this season, by refraining from the use of consumer fireworks! 

Fireworks are illegal in all parts of unincorporated Santa Cruz County including areas covered by the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, which includes Aptos, La Selva Beach, Day Valley and Rio Del Mar. Fireworks purchased in Watsonville shall remain and be used within the city limits of Watsonville. Use of fireworks outside of Watsonville city limits can result in fines of $1000.

Safe and fun local activities for the 4th include: The Worlds Shortest Parade on Soquel Dr. (near State Park), the La Selva Beach 4th of July parade, the “Party in the Park” event at Aptos Village Park, the Firecracker 5k/10k race at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz, or the professionally produced fireworks shows at Skypark in Scotts Valley, or Watsonville Airport.

For more info on Aptos-specific events, visit the Aptos Chamber of Commerce website 

NOTE: Our Admin Office will be closed on Monday, July 4th, for the holiday. Please call the Sheriff’s office to report any sightings of illegal fireworks. Messages left on the Admin. phone will not be heard until Tuesday, July 5th.

 


Archives - October 2017 Minimize

On October 25, 2017, the District held a Special Meeting/Study Session to review and discuss the final draft of the Master Plan, as presented by Citygate, LLC.  A copy of the draft Master Plan is available below, as well as a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation reviewed at this meeting.

The District invites all members of the public to review and submit feedback regarding the Master Plan.  To submit feedback, press the button below to email the A/LSFPD Board Secretary (Director of Business Services Tracy New).  All community feedback will be presented to the Board of Directors for consideration.

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

The Annual Open House was held on Sunday, October 15th, from 11 AM – 3 PM. Attendees enjoyed refreshments & live demonstrations, met a variety of local firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement, lifeguards and other emergency personnel, and shook paws with Patches the fire dog. Thanks to all those who helped to make this event a success - volunteers and attendees alike!

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

October 8th through 14th is Fire Prevention Week!  This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Every Second Counts – Plan Two Ways Out!” According to a survey conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly 75% of Americans have created an escape plan in case of a fire at home. However, less than half of those people have ever practiced their plans. NFPA recommends practicing your home escape plan with the entire family at least twice a year. The graphic below shows the 7 steps to creating and practicing an effective escape route for your home or business, in the event of a fire.  Additional escape route planning tips and planning grid are available in the documents linked below this article.

 

 

 

 

 


Archives - January 2016 Minimize

Winter Heating Safety Tips

The next few months bring colder weather - and with it, an increased risk for heating-related fires.  Unsurprisingly, approximately half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January and February.  The NFPA has several tips regarding home heating safety available on their website (click here to view).

Some of these tips include:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment like furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves or portable space heaters.
  • Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • NEVER use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • ALWAYS remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be completely cool before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

Tree Recycling Info

Our Station 1 location (at 6934 Soquel Drive) has placed a bin for recycling Christmas Trees in the side parking lot, which will remain at the station through mid-January.  Please make sure trees are free of lights, tinsel and other non-biodegradable materials before placing them in the bins. The trees will be mulched and used for construction/landscaping projects throughout the county.

Holiday Hours

The A/LSFD Administration Office will be closed for the holidays of New Years Eve & New Years Day on Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st.  We will also be closed on Monday, January 18th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Fire Captain Promotional Opportunity

The District is accepting applications for the position of Fire Captain (internal only). To view the full job announcement for this position, visit our Career Planning Page.


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Burn Awareness Week

February 1-7 is National Burn Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is “Scald Injury Prevention”. Most scalding injuries happen in the kitchen, and children are at a particularly high risk of these. It only takes a single second for a child to be burned by hot fluids or steam! The following video has some very helpful tips on preventing scald injuries in the kitchen.

This video has some helpful tips on Cooking Safety:




Some important safety precautions to prevent scalding injuries are:

  • Use the back burner when possible and/or turn pot handles away from the stove's edge, to prevent spills due to overturn of appliances containing hot food or liquids.

 

  • Keep appliance cords coiled and away from counter edges.

 

  • Use oven mitts or potholders when moving hot food from ovens, microwave ovens, or stovetops. Never use wet oven mitts or potholders as they can cause scald burns. Replace old or worn oven mitts.

 

  • Open heated food containers slowly, away from the face to avoid steam burns. Hot steam escaping from the container or food can cause burns.

 

  • Foods heat unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating.

For more information on burn prevention and treatment, visit the American Burn Association website at: http://www.ameriburn.org/preventionBurnAwareness.php,  or for child-specific safety tips, visit www.preventchildinjury.org.

Admin Office Holiday

The A/LSFPD Admin Office will be closed on Monday, February 15th, for Presidents Day. We wish you and your family a safe & happy holiday weekend!

Free Car Seat Safety Event

Did you know that 75% of car seats are installed incorrectly?  Help keep your child safe and snug in a free "Car Seat Fitting Station" event held on Saturday, Feb. 20th at Dominican Hospital.  Inspections are by appointment only, and can be scheduled via Jennifer Blanke at 831-462-7266.  For more details, see the flyer listed in our Car Seat Safety page.

Fire Captain Promotional Opportunity

The District is accepting applications for the position of Fire Captain (internal only). To view the full job announcement for this position, visit our Career Planning Page.

Save the Date: Annual FF Pancake Breakfast May 1st, 2016

The Annual Local 3535 Firefighters Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, May 1st 2016 at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse (right next to Station 3 at 312 Estrella Drive, La Selva Beach.)  Come enjoy pancakes, eggs and more at this fun family event.  $10 for each adult admission, and kids 10 and under eat free.  


Archives - March 2016 Minimize
Spring Forward & Test Your Smoke Alarms

As the clocks spring forward an hour on March 8th, it’s a great way to remind yourself to check your smoke alarm batteries as well (not to mention your carbon monoxide detectors, too.  It’s a well-proven fact that smoke alarms save lives, so it’s important to regularly make sure they’re in working order.  For more info on Smoke Alarms, the Red Cross has some great safety tips on their website.

Ocean Safety Tips

As the weather warms and spring break begins, many kids (and adults) will be heading for the beach in the coming months. Now is the time to brush up on Ocean Safety with your family. Important tips such as swimming with a partner, wearing flotation devices and not swimming against the current could help save a life! For more helpful tips, visit our Ocean Safety page. More information on swimming, boating and surfing safety can be found at the CA State Parks page, as well.

CERT Classes Offered for April/May

The District will be offering free CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training over the course of six weeks, from April 20, 2016 to May 25, 2016, to teach residents how to be prepared in the case of a major incident like an earthquake, flood or other natural disaster. For more information on dates/times, visit our CERT page, or call the office at 831-685-6690 to register.  

FREE CPR Class Offered

The District is offering a free Bystander CPR Class on Thursday, April 28th, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  For details on this class, visit our CPR Page.

Firefighters Pancake Breakfast - May 1, 2016

Aptos/La Selva Local 3535 Firefighters will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM.  Come enjoy fresh pancakes, fruit, bacon, eggs and more served by your local firefighters!  Proceeds for this event will benefit valuable community programs such as Helping Hands, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Meals on Wheels, and the Bryan Stow Foundation.  Only $10 per person, with kids 10 and under free!

 

 


Archives - April 2016 Minimize

Weed Abatement Program Update

As of late April, all property owners with vacant lots have received weed abatement notices, to mitigate the hazards of dry brush/weeds on their properties. If you are one of these recipients, it is imperative that you respond to this mailer, stating your preference to either abate the weeds privately or have the districts' contractor perform the cutting service. If weeds are not cleared by the deadline stated on the forms, our contractor will perform the abatement, and the property owner will be billed accordingly.

 

CERT Classes Offered for April/May

The District will be offering free CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training over the course of six weeks, from May 4, 2016 to June 8, 2016, to teach residents how to be prepared in the case of a major incident like an earthquake, flood or other natural disaster. For more information on dates/times, visit our CERT page, or call the office at 831-685-6690 to register.  

FREE CPR Class Offered

The District is offering a free Bystander CPR Class on Thursday, April 28th, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  For details on this class, visit our CPR Page.

Firefighters Pancake Breakfast - May 1, 2016

Aptos/La Selva Local 3535 Firefighters will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Come enjoy fresh pancakes, fruit, bacon, eggs and more served by your local firefighters!  Proceeds for this event will benefit valuable community programs such as Helping Hands, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Meals on Wheels, and the Bryan Stow Foundation. Only $10 per person, with kids 10 and under free!


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Employment Opportunity - Firefighters & Paramedics

The District is currently accepting applications for Entry-Level Firefighter-EMT's and Firefighter/Paramedics.  The deadline for applications is June 3, 2016, no later than 4:00 PM (postmarks not accepted).  For further details and applications for these positions, please visit our Career Planning Page.

Weed Abatement Program Updates

As of late April, all property owners with vacant lots have received weed abatement notices to mitigate the hazards of dry brush/weeds on their properties. If you are one of these recipients, it is imperative that you respond to this mailer, stating your preference to either abate the weeds privately or have the Districts' contractor perform the cutting service. If weeds are not cleared by the deadline stated on the forms, our contractor will perform the abatement, and the property owner will be billed accordingly.

 

Fire Season Begins!

 

With the arrival of a particularly hazardous fire season this year, it’s the perfect time to protect your home by creating a “Defensible Space” around your property. Defensible space is an area adjacent to your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an area where firefighters can effectively defend your property. For more information on creating your defensible space, please see the publication "Living With Fire" at the link provided, or click the photo to the right of this article.

 

Office Closed Memorial Day

 

The Admin Office at 6934 Soquel Dr. will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 for Memorial Day. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend, and thank all those who have served our military for their dedication and service.  


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Admin Office Hours

The A/LSFD Administration Office will now be closing for lunch on weekdays, M-F from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM for lunch, as of June 6, 2016.

“Safely Home” Car Seat Safety Event

Dominican Hospital, in conjunction with Lucille-Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, is holding a free car seat safety inspection event on Saturday, June 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on this event, see the flyers listed on our Car Seat Safety page. Below are some alarming statistics from a 2015 study, regarding infant and child safety seats (courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among children ages 1 to 18.
  • The overall critical misuse for child restraints is about 73 percent.
  • Infant seats have the highest percent of critical misuse, followed by rear-facing convertible seats.
  • Booster seats have been shown to reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent compared to seat belts alone for children ages 4 to 8 years.
  • Children should ride in a back seat until they are at least 13 years of age.
    Children 2 to 5 years of age using safety belts prematurely are four times more likely to suffer a serious head injury in a crash than those restrained in child safety seats or booster seats.
  • When installed and used correctly, child safety seats and safety belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Child safety seats can reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers (ages 1 to 4).
  • It is estimated that 284 children were saved due to restraint use in 2012 alone.
  • From 1975 through 2012, an estimated 10,157 lives were saved by child safety seats or adult seat belts for children ages 4 and under.

 


Archives - July 2016 Minimize

Employment Opportunity: Accounting Specialist

 

The District is currently accepting applications for an Accounting Specialist for our Administrative Office.  To apply, visit our Career Planning Page for a detailed Job Announcement, Job Description, Application and submission guidelines.  Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  Postmarks not accepted. 

 

4th of July - Celebrate Safely!

 

According to recent CPSC Data, in 2014 alone, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of those injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head.  Celebrate safely and smart this season, by refraining from the use of consumer fireworks!

Fireworks are illegal in all parts of unincorporated Santa Cruz County including areas covered by the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, which includes Aptos, La Selva Beach, Day Valley and Rio Del Mar. Fireworks purchased in Watsonville shall remain and be used within the city limits of Watsonville. Please check out their safety guidelines here. Use of fireworks outside of Watsonville city limits can result in fines of $1000.

Safe and fun local activities for the 4th include: The Worlds Shortest Parade on Soquel Dr. (near State Park), the La Selva Beach 4th of July parade, the “Party in the Park” event at Aptos Village Park, the Firecracker 5k/10k race at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz, or the professionally produced fireworks show at Skypark in Scotts Valley. 

For more info on Aptos-specific events, visit the Aptos Chamber of Commerce website.

NOTE: Our Admin Office will be closed on Monday, July 4th, for the holiday. Please call the Sheriff’s office to report any sightings of illegal fireworks. Messages left on the Admin. phone will not be heard until Tuesday, July 5th. 

Requests for Proposals

The District is inviting qualified bidders to apply for a Labor Negotiator, as well as an Emergency Services Master Plan developer, as outlined in the full RFP’s, available on our Purchasing Page.  See the section below for details and links to these ongoing projects.

 


Archives - August 2016 Minimize
Soberanes Fire Update

As of August 10, the Soberanes Fire has burned 68,698 acres, with 57 homes destroyed and many more immediately threatened.  The A/LSFD District has sent several of it's members out thus far to aid in controlling this deadly fire.  Several of our own firefighters have been working long shifts to keep the fire at bay. 

Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control has regular updates on air quality in the surrounding area, as the smoke plume has now covered a large area of the Central Coast, including Santa Cruz County.  Those with heart or lung disease are strongly advised to avoid strenuous activity while the air quality is compromised, due to smoke.  For more updates on air quality issues, visit www.mbuapcd.org

A number of agencies have gathered to support those affected by the Soberanes Fire, from displaced families & pets to the family of the bulldozer operator that died fighting the fire. To learn how/where you can donate time or supplies to these causes, visit the Monterey County Community Resilience Program at: https://montereyco.recovers.org/.

Preventing Child Heatstroke - What YOU Can Do

On average, 37 children die from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles (and 23 have occurred in 2016, so far). Even the best of parents or caregivers can unknowingly leave a sleeping baby in a car; and the end result can be injury or even death.  If you spot a child alone in a hot car, remember—protecting children is everyone's business. In addition, a “Good Samaritan” law in California offers legal protection for those who offer assistance in an emergency.

California Health and Safety Code Section 1799.102 says: “No person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency medical or non-medical care at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission.”

What You Can Do:

  • Don't wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return.
  • If the child is not responsive or is in distress, immediately:
    • Call 911.
    • Get the child out of the car.
    • Spray the child with cool water (not in an ice bath).
  • If the child is responsive:
    • Stay with the child until help arrives.
    • Have someone else search for the driver or ask the facility to page them.

Know the Warning Signs of Heatstroke:
  • Red, hot and moist or dry skin
  • No sweating
  • Strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse
  • Nausea
  • Confusion or strange behavior

Sources: www.safecar.gov, www.noheatstroke.org, www.kidsandcars.org

Save the Date – Open House 2016

The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District will be holding our ever-popular Open House event on Sunday, October 16th, from 11 AM – 3 PM.  Details will be posted in the following 2 months, as they become available. Don’t miss this free and fun family-oriented safety event!

Fall CERT Classes

Is your neighborhood prepared in the event of the next major disaster? The District will be hosting free CERT (Community Emergency Response team) training from Sept. 20, 2016 through Oct. 25, 2016,  See our CERT page for details on registering for these courses.


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Fire Code Adoption

Three Resolutions have been approved, as of the August 11 regular Board of Directors meeting, regarding the proposed adoption of the 2016 California Fire Code and 2015 International Fire Code, with amendments. A Public Meeting will be held on October 13th at 7 PM, to consider adoption of an Ordinance to adopt these codes, and to prescribe regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire and explosion, and to provide for the issuance of permits and establishing certain fees.  Full copies of these approved resolutions, including information on the upcoming Public Meeting, are available at our Administration Page.


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Request for Proposals: Financial Audit Services

The A/LSFD invites proposals for Financial Audit Services, as specified in RFP 2016-4.  Sealed proposals shall be delivered to the Director of Business Services at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA  95004, no later than 1:30 PM on Monday, September 19, 2016. Click the icon below to obtain a full copy of the RFP.  For questions on this RFP, please contact our Director of Business Services Tracy New at tracyn@aptosfire.com.

 


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Disaster Preparedness Week:

September is 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 visit. This year’s theme is, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today”. This video from Ready.gov illustrates the importance of thinking ahead, to prepare for a major earthquake or other disaster. For more info on preparedness, visit www.ready.gov, OR register for our Fall CERT training.



Fall CERT Classes

Is your neighborhood prepared in the event of the next major disaster? The District will be hosting free CERT (Community Emergency Response team) training from Sept. 20, 2016 through Oct. 25, 2016. See our CERT page for details on registering for these courses.

Soberanes Fire Update

As of September 1, the Soberanes Fire has burned 93,245 acres, with 57 homes destroyed and many more immediately threatened. At 60% containment, the fire is likely to burn through the month of September, potentially compromising air quality for the surrounding areas (including Santa Cruz County). Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control has regular updates on air quality in the surrounding areas. For more updates on air quality issues, visit www.mbuapcd.org.

A number of agencies have gathered to support those affected by the Soberanes Fire. To learn how/where you can donate time or supplies to these causes, visit the Monterey County Community Resilience Program at: https://montereyco.recovers.org/.

Open House 2016

The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District will be holding our annual Open House on Sunday, October 16th, from 11 AM – 3 PM.  Come meet your local firefighters as well as representatives from other local agencies, including Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Law Enforcement, Salvation Army and more. A bounce house, coloring station and other fun activities and extras are provided for the younger visitors as well.  Don’t miss this free and fun family-oriented safety event!

NOW HIRING - Accounting Specialist/Administrative Assistant

The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District is currently seeking a full-time Accounting Specialist/Administrative Assistant.  Applications and job announcement (with a description of the duties and qualifications required) are available on our Career Planning Page. Final filing for this position is Friday, October 21, no later than 3:00 PM (postmarks and faxed applications/resumes will not be accepted). 


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The Board of Directors will be discussing and deciding upon one of three proposed companies to develop a Master Plan for the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District at the November 10, 2016 Regular Board Meeting. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, and comment on this or any agendized item. The three qualifying Master Plan proposals to be discussed are viewable online, by clicking the icon below. 


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ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

The Annual Open House will be held on Sunday, October 16th, from 11 AM – 3 PM. Come watch live demonstrations, explore the inside of a fire engine or ambulance, meet a variety of local firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement, dispatchers and other emergency personnel, and shake paws with Patches the fire dog. Our younger visitors can play at our fire safety coloring table, take the Junior Firefighter Challenge and take a romp in the bounce house as they learn important tips for fire and life safety.  To read the official Board of Directors Proclamation regarding Fire Prevention Week and the upcoming Open House event, click the link here.

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

October 9th through 15th is Fire Prevention Week!  This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

Recent NFPA 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.  See the video below for helpful tips on smoke alarm maintenance:


https://youtu.be/xCp4xjm1TZY

LOMA FIRE UPDATE

As of Oct. 3, 2016, the Loma Fire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains was 81% contained at 4,474 acres.  As residents begin to rebuild, beware of false charities collecting for the Loma Fire victims (particularly door-to-door and phone solicitations for funds).  Some official drop-off locations for donations for the victims are listed below. For more locations, visit the Monterey County Community Resilience Program at: https://montereyco.recovers.org/.
  • Salvation Army of Gilroy: Address: 6701 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy, CA 95020, Phone: (408) 842-3991 ~ Accepting donations of clothing, household goods and toys.
  • Salvation Army of Santa Cruz: Address: 812 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, Phone: (831) 429-8118 ~ Accepting donations of clothing, bedding, materials, and food donations.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank: Address: 800 Ohlone Pkwy, Watsonville, CA 95076, Phone: (831) 722-7110 ~ Accepting bulk food donations & smaller items.

NOW HIRING - Accounting Specialist/Administrative Assistant

The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District is currently seeking a full-time Accounting Specialist/Administrative Assistant.  Applications and job announcement (with a description of the duties and qualifications required) are available on our Career Planning Page. Final filing for this position is Friday, October 21, no later than 3:00 PM (postmarks and faxed applications/resumes will not be accepted).  

 

 


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Holiday Hours

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on Friday, November 11th for Veterans Day, as well as Thursday Nov. 24th & Friday Nov. 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!


Annual Food & Toy Drives Underway

Beginning the first week of November, all of our 3 station locations will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots.  When donating food, please make sure your food is non-perishable, and packaging is unbroken.  When donating toys, please bring only new toys, no wrapping, no toys of aggression (play guns, knives, etc.) and no stuffed animals without factory-sealed plastic. Donations of cash/checks for either charity can be mailed directly to the addresses below:

Toys for Tots - Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank

1961 Main Street #113

Watsonville, CA  95076

 

For questions, call Delilah at 722-9566, or

visit online at: www.santacruzcounty.toysfortots.org.

800 Ohlone Parkway

Watsonville, CA  95076

 

Donations can also be made by phone at: 722-7110 ext 210  *OR* online at

www.thefoodbank.org

 

Director Weatherford Receives Award for 17 Years Service

A/LSFD Director Mike Weatherford (shown at right) attended his final Board Meeting as a Director on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 Board President Vince Hurley (shown at left) presented a plaque to Director Weatherford, to show recognition for his 17 years of service to the District, on our Board of Directors. Thank you, Mr. Weatherford, for all your accomplishments and hard work!

 

 


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Backyard Burn Season Begins December 1st

The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation runs from December 1st 2016 through April 30th, 2017. Residents of one or two family dwellings (who meet the requirements specified) may obtain permits for backyard burning at our main Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Burning will be allowed on permissive "burn days" or "marginal burn days" only, as reported by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. For status on burn days, you can call the MBUAPCD at 1-800-CAL-BURN (225-2876).

The burn status number will list separate zones for burn days – all permits issued for the Aptos/La Selva Fire District are listed in the “COASTAL” burn zone. Also, there is a minimum size requirement of at least ½ acre on residential properties to be considered for backyard burn permits, and the clearance requirements around burn piles has increased from 50’ to 100’, to be in compliance with current Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District standards. 
 
Backyard burning that is done without permits or on no-burn days will be subject to fines, where applicable. For more information on burn requirements, contact the Administrative Office at 831-685-6690.

Holiday Hours

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on the following dates for the holidays:

  • Friday, December 23
  • Monday, December 26
  • Friday, December 30

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!


Annual Food & Toy Drives Underway

The annual charity drives are in full swing, now accepting donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots.  When donating food, please make sure your food is non-perishable, and packaging is unbroken.  When donating toys, please bring only new toys, no wrapping, no toys of aggression (play guns, knives, etc.) and no stuffed animals without factory-sealed plastic. Donations of cash/checks for either charity can be mailed directly to the addresses below:

Toys for Tots - Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank

1961 Main Street #113

Watsonville, CA  95076

 

For questions, call Delilah at 722-9566, or

visit online at: www.santacruzcounty.toysfortots.org.

800 Ohlone Parkway

Watsonville, CA  95076

 

Donations can also be made by phone at: 722-7110 ext 210  *OR* online at

www.thefoodbank.org

 

Tree Recycling Info

Our Station 1 location (at 6934 Soquel Drive) will have a bin for recycling Christmas Trees starting December 26th (through mid-January).  Please make sure trees are free of lights, tinsel, and other non-biodegradable materials before placing in the bins.  The trees will be mulched and used for construction/landscaping projects throughout the county.

 

 


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CERT Team Training for February/March 2015

New CERT classes are available for those wishing to begin (or renew) their Community Emergency Response Team training, to prepare their family, school or business for the event of a major disaster. Participants must attend all classes in the series to be certified as CERT-trained. To learn more about the CERT program or see if a CERT team has formed in your neighborhood, visit our CERT page. If you’re interested in forming a team for your neighborhood or place of business in Aptos or La Selva, contact our coordinator Mike Conrad at mikec@aptosfire.com. 

Class 1
Feb. 17th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Registration, History, Preparedness, Mitigation
Class 2
Feb. 24th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Utility Control, Fire Suppression, HazMat, Terrorism
Class 3
March 3rd, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Disaster First Aid, Disaster Psychology
Class 4
March 10th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Triage, CERT Organization, Table-Top Exercise
Class 5
March 17th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Building Construction, Search & Rescue
Class 6
March 24th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Disaster Simulation, Final Exam

 
Tree Recycling Info

Our Station 1 location (at 6934 Soquel Drive) has a bin for recycling Christmas Trees, through mid-January.  Please make sure your trees are free of lights, tinsel, and other non-biodegradable materials before placing in the bins.  The trees will be mulched and used for construction/landscaping projects throughout the county.

 
Free CPR Class Offered

A free community CPR class will be held on Thursday, January 22nd, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, at our Admin location (6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos).  This class covers basic hands-only CPR for infants, children and adults, as well as a brief section on defibrillator usage.  It's perfect for members of the general public, new parents, babysitters, and more - however, it does not qualify for medical professional certification.  If you're interested in signing up for the course, contact our admin office at 831-685-6690.

Holiday Hours
The A/LSFD Admin Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19th, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday weekend!

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Invitation to Bid - Firefighter Turnouts

The District invites written, sealed proposals for the purchase of approximately 25 firefighter turnout garments .  Details of the turnout requirements are listed in the RFP 2005-1, linked below. All proposals must be completed and returned to the District Administration Office no later than March 13, 2015 at 2:00 PM.  Postmarks will NOT be accepted.  Bids must be received in a sealed envelope marked "Turnouts Bid".  If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Business Manager Tracy New at 831-685-6690.

Invitation to Bid - Weed Abatement Contractors

The District invites all licensed weed abatement contractors to submit proposals for our annual Weed Abatement program.  Details of the schedules and requirements are listed in the documents linked below. All proposals must be completed and returned to the District Administration Office no later than March 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM.  Postmarks will NOT be accepted.  Bids must be received in a sealed envelope marked "Weed Abatement Bid".  If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Business Manager Tracy New at 831-685-6690.

Burn Awareness Week

February 1-7 is National Burn Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is Be Burn Aware, focusing on teaching children safety tips that will help keep them safe from burn injuries, especially at home.

So what do you need to know about burn awareness and treatment?  Children’s skin is thinner than older children and adults and their skin burns at lower temperatures more deeply, making them susceptible to a harsher burn with long term affects.  Scald burns are among the most common types of burns.  According to www.safekids.org:
  • A scald is a burn from hot liquid or steam
  • Every day, 352 children ages 19 and under are injured as a result of a fire or burn-related cause
  • Among children under 5 years of age, scalds or contact burns are responsible for 90 percent of burn injuries
  • The most common places children experience scalds are in the kitchen or dining rooms and in the bathrooms
So what should you do to effectively treat a child who has been burned?
  • Cool the burned are with cool running water for several minutes.  Do not use ice to cool a burn, it can cause frostbite very quickly because the skin is already damaged
  • Call 9-1-1 immediately if there is charring (blackened skin) or blistering (bubbles on the skin). 
  • Minor burns can be treated with a topical burn ointment or spray to reduce pain.  Do not apply butter or oil to any burn, as the oils will trap heat and make the burn deeper over time.
For more information on burn prevention and treatment, visit the American Burn Association website at: http://www.ameriburn.org/preventionBurnAwareness.php

Holiday Hours

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on Monday, February 16th for Presidents Day.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

CERT Team Training for February/March 2015

New CERT classes are available for those wishing to begin (or renew) their Community Emergency Response Team training, to prepare their family, school or business for the event of a major disaster. Participants must attend all classes in the series to be certified as CERT-trained. To learn more about the CERT program or see if a CERT team has formed in your neighborhood, visit our CERT page. If you’re interested in forming a team for your neighborhood or place of business in Aptos or La Selva, contact our coordinator Mike Conrad at mikec@aptosfire.com. 

Class 1
Feb. 17th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Registration, History, Preparedness, Mitigation
Class 2
Feb. 24th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Utility Control, Fire Suppression, HazMat, Terrorism
Class 3
March 3rd, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Disaster First Aid, Disaster Psychology
Class 4
March 10th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Triage, CERT Organization, Table-Top Exercise
Class 5
March 17th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Building Construction, Search & Rescue
Class 6
March 24th, 2015
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Disaster Simulation, Final Exam

 
 

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CERT Classes Offered for April/May

The District will be offering free CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training over the course of six weeks in April and May, to teach residents how to be prepared in the case of a major incident like an earthquake, flood or other natural disaster.  For more information on dates/times, visit our CERT page, or call the office at 831-685-6690 to register.  

Wildland Fire Prevention Tips - Vehicle Safety

A large number of wildland fires (particularly around freeways and other busy roads) are caused by sparks generated from motor vehicles.  Almost all of these fires can be prevented by following a few simple vehicle safety tips, as outlined below:


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Annual Pancake Breakfast – May 10th
Save the date! Our local 3535 Firefighters are holding their annual Pancake Breakfast for Mothers Day, Sunday May 10th, from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse (312 Estrella Drive, LSB). Enjoy pancakes, bacon & eggs served up by your local firefighters for only $7 per person, w/kids 10 and under free. The breakfast supports a number of local youth organizations, and is a really fun, family-oriented event.

CERT Classes for April-May

Are you prepared for the next big disaster?  The District offers Community Emergency Response Team training for neighborhood groups, individuals and businesses wanting to learn disaster preparedness skills for earthquakes, floods, large fires and other natural and man-made disaster situations.  New classes are open in April and May, starting April 16th.  For a full schedule of courses and information on how to sign up, visit our CERT Page

New Online Forms& Features

We’ve added a few new forms and features to our website – in the Administration Page, you’ll notice that you can now download and directly fill out forms for Personnel Complaints or a Request for Incident Report. Also, our front page now features a “Feedback” section (bottom right) so that District residents can give input on any aspect of the website and how we can make it more user-friendly and informative for the public. We welcome all requests and suggestions, and thank you for your interest in our site.

Wildland Fire Prevention Tips - Vehicle Safety

A large number of wildland fires (particularly around freeways and other busy roads) are caused by sparks generated from motor vehicles.  Almost all of these fires can be prevented by following a few simple vehicle safety tips, as outlined below:

 


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Annual Pancake Breakfast – May 10th 

Save the date! Our local 3535 Firefighters are holding their annual Pancake Breakfast on Mothers Day, Sunday May 10th, from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, at the La Selva Beach Clubhouse (312 Estrella Drive, LSB). Enjoy pancakes, bacon & eggs served up by your local firefighters for only $7 per person, w/kids 10 and under free. The breakfast supports a number of local youth organizations, and is a really fun, family-oriented event.

Weed Abatement Program Updates

As of late April, all property owners with vacant lots have received weed abatement notices, to mitigate the hazards of dry brush/weeds on their properties. If you are one of these recipients, it is imperative that you respond to this mailer, stating your preference to either abate the weeds privately or have the districts' contractor perform the cutting service. If weeds are not cleared by the deadline stated on the forms, our contractor will perform the abatement, and the property owner will be billed accordingly.
 
Fire Season Begins!
 
With the arrival of a particularly hazardous fire season this year, it’s the perfect time to protect your home by creating a “Defensible Space” around your property. Defensible space is an area adjacent to your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an area where firefighters can effectively defend your property. For more information on creating your defensible space, please see the publication "Living With Fire" at the link provided, or click the photo to the right of this article.
 
Office Closed Memorial Day
 
The Admin Office at 6934 Soquel Dr. will be closed on Monday, May 25th, for Memorial Day. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend, and thank all those who have served our military for their dedication and service.  

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Summer Safety Tips – Beat the Heat!

With the beginning of summer, inevitably there will be increased heat…and with that heat often comes heat exhaustion, or in more extreme cases, heat stroke. For those hotter days this summer, keep the following summer safety tips in mind:
  • Drink plenty of water before and during any hard or strenuous work and/or recreational activity in the heat. You’ll need to drink more water than your thirst indicates. Take frequent small drinks, which are more effective than gulping down large amounts at once.
  • Whenever possible, schedule heavier work/play for cooler hours of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Minimize your exposure when the sun’s rays are the strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in the car during summer days – even for a few minutes, with the windows rolled down. A stopped car can heat up quickly on sunny days, even when it seems cooler outside.
  • Use UV protective sunscreens with a protection factor of at least 15 whenever you are in the sun for long periods. Even on cloudier days, UV rays can get through. Wide brimmed hats and wrap-around sunglasses are also helpful protection from the sun. Infants under 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight altogether.

Grilling Safety

Each year, approximately 8,800 home fires and over 16,000 emergency visits happen due to BBQ grilling.  Propane grills accounted for 82% of those accidents.  The NFPA has a number of grilling safety tips at their website, here: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grillingSome of these helpful tips include:

  • Position your grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area - declare a three-foot "safe zone" around the grill.
  • Use long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames while grilling.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill, so it can not be ignited by a hot grill.
  • Check your gas cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.  
  • If the gas is on but there is no ignition, turn off the BBQ and allow gas to dissipate at least 5 minutes before attempting to ignite again.
  • When done, turn off the propane connection before the burners, to prevent excess gas from leaking out. 

 


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4th of July - Celebrate Safely!
According to recent NFPA data, On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five of all reported fires, more than any other cause of fire. In 2011 alone, 17,800 fires were started by fireworks.

Fireworks are illegal in all parts of unincorporated Santa Cruz County including areas covered by the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, which includes Aptos, La Selva Beach, Day Valley and Rio Del Mar. Fireworks purchased in Watsonville shall remain and be used within the city limits of Watsonville. Please check out their safety guidelines here. Use of fireworks outside of Watsonville city limits can result in fines of $1000.

Safe and fun local activities for the 4th include: The Worlds Shortest Parade on Soquel Dr. (near State Park), the La Selva Beach 4th of July parade, a pre-parade Pancake Breakfast held in the Burger parking lot on Soquel Drive, the “Party in the Park” event at Aptos Village Park, the Firecracker 5k/10k race at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz, or the professionally produced fireworks show at Skypark in Scotts Valley. 

For more info on Aptos-specific events, visit the Aptos Chamber of Commerce website.

NOTE: Our Admin Office will be closed on July 3rd, for the holiday. Please call the Sheriff’s office to report any sightings of illegal fireworks. Messages left on the Admin. phone will not be heard until July 6th. 

Board of Directors - Notice of  Vacancy

Due to the recent resignation of Director Drew Johnston, the Board is accepting applications to fill the vacancy by appointment.  Details and a downloadable application are available on our Board of Directors page.

Grilling Safety

Each year, approximately 8,800 home fires and over 16,000 emergency visits happen due to BBQ grilling.  Propane grills accounted for 82% of those accidents.  The NFPA has a number of grilling safety tips at their website, here: http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/outdoors/grillingSome of these helpful tips include:

  • Position your grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from grill area - declare a three-foot "safe zone" around the grill.
  • Use long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames while grilling.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill, so it can not be ignited by a hot grill.
  • Check your gas cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.  
  • If the gas is on but there is no ignition, turn off the BBQ and allow gas to dissipate at least 5 minutes before attempting to ignite again.
  • When done, turn off the propane connection before the burners, to prevent excess gas from leaking out. 


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NOTICE OF VACANCY - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Interested persons are hereby notified that pursuant to Government Code §1780 there is a vacancy on the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Board of Directors. The position to be filled is a term ending December 2016. The deadline to apply for this position was  12:00 PM on August 7, 2015. The District is no longer taking applications.

 

The District Board has 60 days from the date the Board is notified of the vacancy or the effective date of the vacancy, whichever is later, to fill the vacancy by appointment or call a special election. This notice will be posted for 15 days in 3 or more conspicuous locations in the District from July 1, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Government Code §1780

 

Current Applicants: 

  • John U. Fry, Applied 7/28/15
  • Joe Foster, Applied 8/7/15
 

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Current Wildfire Incident Information
Extreme drought and weather conditions have been causing an extremely volatile wildfire season for California this year. Cal Fire maintains current incident information for wildfires burning within the state of California.  Current wildfire incident information can be found here.
 
Teach Kids Early about Not Playing With Matches!

School is still out for a number of kids, but parents can still teach them a valuable lesson about fire safety. Approximately 40% of fires caused by playing with matches are started by children under the age of 5. Take the time to teach young children the dangers of playing with matches and lighters. Many novelty lighters can appear toy-like and tempt younger kids into thinking they are safe to play with. The news video below shows how easily drawn to these items your preschooler or elementary age child can be. The sooner they are educated against playing with these items, the safer your family will be. 


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Car Seat Safety Measure Approved

A new Car Seat Safety measure, Assembly Bill 53 was recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, and will be effective beginning January 2017.  This bill will require children, up to two years old, to remain in rear-facing car seats (the prior requirement was that children remain rear-facing only until 1 year of age).  A full press release regarding this law is posted below.  

Annual Open House Set for October 11, 2015

Our annual Open House is scheduled for Sunday, October 11th! Free and fun for the whole family - meet your local firefighters and other local emergency personnel, and watch live demos and safety presentations. A bounce house, coloring/activities table and other goodies for the kids make this a great family outing for all ages. Participating agencies include AMR, Red Cross, CHP, CERT Teams, and many more.

Dangers in Paradise Disaster Preparedness Fair

Save the date! The "Dangers in Paradise" fair is coming Sept. 13th, 2015! This fun and informative event will feature competition and demonstrations by local CERT members (CERT = Community Emergency Response Teams), as well as exhibits from law enforcement, fire departments and more. The event will be held at the Home Depot parking lot at 2600 41st Avenue, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Free and fun for all ages.

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month starts on September 1! This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” IOur Facebook and Twitter pages (linked below) will focus each week on a different type of emergency and how you and your family can prepare. Don’t forget to be counted by adding your preparedness activity to the America’s PrepareAthon! website www.ready.gov/prepare.

           • Week 1: September 1-5 Flood
           • Week 2: September 6-12 Wildfire
           • Week 3: September 13-19 Hurricane
           • Week 4: September 14-26 Power Outage
           • Week 5: September 27-30 Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (9/30)

For more details about National Preparedness Month, visit: www.ready.gov/september. #NatlPrep


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Customer Satisfaction Survey

IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE POSSIBLE,The Aptos/La Selva Fire District would like to hear from community members who have recently received fire or paramedic services. 

 

IF YOU RECEIVED A POSTCARD FROM US, please click on the link below to continue. Your comments are important and valuable to us, and will be used to evaluate and improve the quality of service provided by our organization. Thank you for your participation!

CONTINUE TO CUSTOMER SATISFACTION SURVEY

 

A/LSFD Open House - Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

Our annual Open House event was held on Sunday, October 11th from 11 am to 3 pm.  This year was a rousing success, with a record breaking 347 visitors, and a great group of volunteers helping to make it a fun and informative event.  Participating agencies this year included Soquel Creek Water District, Netcom 9-1-1, American Medical Response, Red Cross, Santa Cruz County Sheriffs, Salvation Army, and local CERT teams. Thanks to all our volunteers and participants, including the teen volunteers of Aptos High who helped make this event the fun and informative day it was. 

Fire Prevention Week - Oct 4 – 10, 2015

Fire Prevention Week is coming October 4th through 10th.  The theme this year is: “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep: Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”

Did you know that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths were in homes where smoke alarms were either not present or not maintained/working properly? Properly installed and tested smoke alarms in the home can reduce your risk of death in a fire by 50%!  To ensure your home is well protected, we offer the following guidelines:

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area.  Install alarms on every level of the home.  Install alarms in the basement.

  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.  Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.  Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, to reduce false alarms.  They should be at least 15 feet from the stove.

  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.  If you're unsure of your smoke alarms age, check the manufacture date on the bottom of the device.

  • When installing new smoke alarm systems (during new construction, for example), it's best to use interconnected smoke alarms.  That way, when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

For more information on smoke alarm safety, visit www.nfpa.org.


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Holiday Hours

 

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on Thursday Nov. 26th & Friday Nov. 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

 

Request for Proposals - Portable Radios

 

The Aptos/La Selva FPD invites proposals for 45 portable radios & accessories.  Sealed proposals shall be delivered to the Director of Business Services at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA  95003, no later than 2:00 PM on Friday, December 18, 2015.  Request for Proposal available below (click image):
 
 

 

 

Annual Food & Toy Drives Underway

Beginning the first week of November, all of our 3 station locations will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots.  When donating food, please make sure your food is non-perishable, and packaging is unbroken.  When donating toys, please bring only new toys, no wrapping, no toys of aggression (play guns, knives, etc.) and no stuffed animals without factory-sealed plastic. Donations of cash/checks for either charity can be dropped off at our main Admin office at 6934 Soquel Drive, or can be mailed directly to the addresses below:

Toys for Tots - Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank

1961 Main Street #113

Watsonville, CA  95076

 

For questions, call Delilah at 722-9566, or

visit online at: www.santacruzcounty.toysfortots.org.

800 Ohlone Parkway

Watsonville, CA  95076

 

Donations can also be made by phone at: 722-7110 ext 210  *OR* online at www.thefoodbank.org.


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Backyard Burn Season Begins December 1st

 

The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation runs from December 1st 2015 through April 30th, 2016. Residents of one or two family dwellings (who meet the requirements specified) may obtain permits for backyard burning at our main Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Burning will be allowed on permissive "burn days" or "marginal burn days" only, as reported by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. For status on burn days, you can call the MBUAPCD at 1-800-CAL-BURN (225-2876).

The burn status number will list separate zones for burn days – all permits issued for the Aptos/La Selva Fire District are listed in the “COASTAL” burn zone. Also, there is a minimum size requirement of at least ½ acre on residential properties to be considered for backyard burn permits, and the clearance requirements around burn piles has increased from 50’ to 100’, to be in compliance with current Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District standards. 

Backyard burning that is done without permits or on no-burn days will be subject to fines, where applicable. For more information on burn requirements, contact the Administrative Office at 831-685-6690.

 

Holiday Hours

 

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed for the holidays on Thursday December 24th, Friday December 25th, Thursday December 31st and Friday January 1st. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

 

Annual Food & Toy Drives Underway

Our annual Food and Toy drives are starting out strong – a trend we hope continues throughout the month of December. All of our 3 station locations are accepting donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots.  Donations of cash/checks for either charity can be dropped off at our main Admin office at 6934 Soquel Drive, or can be mailed directly to the addresses below:

 

Toys for Tots - Santa Cruz County

Second Harvest Food Bank

1961 Main Street #113

Watsonville, CA  95076

 

For questions, call Delilah at 722-9566, or

visit online at: www.santacruzcounty.toysfortots.org.

800 Ohlone Parkway

Watsonville, CA  95076

 

Donations can also be made by phone at: 722-7110 ext 210  *OR* online at www.thefoodbank.org.

 

Tree Recycling Info

Our Station 1 location (at 6934 Soquel Drive) will have a bin for recycling Christmas Trees starting December 26th (through mid-January).  Please make sure trees are free of lights, tinsel, and other non-biodegradable materials before placing in the bins.  The trees will be mulched and used for construction/landscaping projects throughout the county.

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Backyard Burning Ban

Due to record dryness and hazardous fire conditions, the District is temporarily banning all backyard burning until further notice.  Backyard burn permits will be issued during this time, but can not be used until humidity levels and weather conditions improve to the point where the ban will be lifted.  Notice will be given via our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as local news agencies when backyard burning may continue. 

Free CPR Class Offered

A free community CPR class will be held on Thursday, January 16th, from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, at our Admin location (6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos).  This class covers basic hands-only CPR for infants, children and adults, as well as a brief section on defibrillator usage.  It's perfect for members of the general public, new parents, babysitters, and more - however, it does not qualify for medical professional certification.  If you're interested in signing up for the course, contact our admin office at 831-685-6690.

CERT Team Training for January/February 2013

 

Class 1
January 7th, 2014
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Registration, History, Preparedness, Mitigation
Class 2
January 14th, 2014
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Utility Control, Fire Suppression, HazMat, Terrorism
Class 3
January 21st, 2014
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Disaster First Aid, Disaster Psychology
Class 4
January 28th, 2014
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Triage, CERT Organization, Table-Top Exercise
Class 5
February 4th, 2014
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Building Construction, Search & Rescue
Class 6
February 11th, 2014
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Disaster Simulation, Final Exam

New CERT classes are available for those wishing to begin (or renew) their Community Emergency Response Team training, to prepare their family, school or business for the event of a major disaster. Participants must attend all classes in the series to be certified as CERT-trained. To learn more about the CERT program or see if a CERT team has formed in your neighborhood, visit our CERT page. If you’re interested in forming a team for your neighborhood or place of business in Aptos or La Selva, contact our coordinator Mike Conrad at mikec@aptosfire.com. 


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Firefighter of the Year

The District congratulates Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Peters for being selected as the VFW Firefighter of the Year for 2013!  FF/PM Peters was hired permanently by the District in February of 2001, and has been an integral part of our District ever since.  He has also done amazing work coordinating numerous events through the Santa Cruz County 9-1-1 Network, which helps fellow emergency service workers combat the stress of the workplace by participating in numerous charity drives and community service opportunities, from Toys for Tots to assisting the elderly.  Officers of the local VFW Post 10110 will present Ryan with his award at our next regular board meeting on February 13th, at 7 pm. 

Burn Ban Lifted as of Feb. 7th, 2014

Thanks to the recent rains, the ban on backyard burning for this season has been lifted.  As in previous years, residents will still need to obtain a valid burn permit at our Admin. Office at 6934 Soquel Drive before conducting burns, and abide by all safety regulations and requirements noted on the permit.  Burn season officially ends on April 30th.   

Holiday Hours

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on Monday, February 17th for Presidents Day.  We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Invitation to Bid - Weed Abatement Contractors

The District invites all licensed weed abatement contractors to submit proposals for our annual Weed Abatement program.  Details of the schedules and requirements are listed in the documents linked below.  All schedules must be completed and returned to the District Administration Office no later than March 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM.  Postmarks will NOT be accepted.  Bids must be received in a sealed envelope marked "Weed Abatement Bid".  If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact Business Manager Fred Malmlund at 831-685-6690.


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Do You Have Working Smoke Alarms?

On March 9th, when clocks "spring forward" 1 hour, it's wise to use this time as a reminder to check your smoke alarm batteries throughout the house.  The District recommends adding new batteries at least once a year, and testing smoke alarms monthly to ensure they will work in a fire.  In addition, any smoke alarms that are ten or more years old should be replaced.  When replacing smoke alarms, choose the newer styles with a ten-year, or long life battery so that changing batteries is no longer necessary.  These long life battery smoke alarms are also great for high or hard to reach locations.

Smoke alarms should be located inside all bedrooms, in the hallways outside of bedrooms, and on each level of the home.  They are not required in the garage.  A carbon monoxide alarm should be located in the hallway outside the bedrooms, on each level of the home, and at least 15 feet away from the fireplace.

 

Free CPR Classes offered

The District is continuing their free CPR classes to the public, featuring the basic hands-only method CPR for infants, children and adults.  This class does not provide medical certification for nurses and other medical professionals, but is a great basic course for new parents, babysitters, family members of elderly and/or disabled persons, or anyone looking to brush up on their CPR skills with the latest technique.  Dates for the upcoming courses are below:
  • Thursday, March 20th - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 17th - 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Residents can register for the course by calling our Admin. Office at 831-685-6690. 

 

Storm Safety - Are You Prepared?

The recent rains have been a welcome change from the drought, but also can potentially cause issues with flooding, particularly in the intermix areas and those closest to the ocean and creek beds.  Our Flood/Landslide Safety Page offers a number of tips and valuable resources (such as local sandbag and sand distributors) for those wanting to protect their homes and business from the risk of sudden flooding. 

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May 1st = End of Backyard Burn Season

The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation will be officially ending as of April 30, 2014 in Santa Cruz County. Backyard burns can only be conducted on permissive burn days during the annual burn season. Residents who plan to conduct backyard burns within the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District must attain a backyard burn permit prior to burning. Permits are issued at our administrative office at 6934 Soquel Drive.

Agricultural burns can be conducted year-round on permissive burn days, with permission/permit issued by the Fire Marshal. Barbecues and in-home fireplaces and wood stoves are not affected by the backyard burn season. Remember – burning garbage or treated wood is strictly prohibited at all times.

Cleaner Alternatives to Burning: Open burning releases a substantial amount of air pollution including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and hydrocarbons. The Air District encourages everyone to dispose of their natural vegetation by less polluting methods whenever feasible. These include chipping, composting, use of grazing animals like goats, and hauling wood waste to landfills where it can be mulched. Convenient weekly yard waste pickup is available in most areas.

Ocean Safety Tips

As the weather warms and spring break begins, many kids (and adults) will be heading for the beach in the coming months. Now is the time to brush up on Ocean Safety with your family. Important tips such as swimming with a partner, wearing flotation devices and not swimming against the current could help save a life! For more helpful tips, visit our Ocean Safety page. More information on swimming, boating and surfing safety can be found at the CA State Parks page, as well.

Defensible Space Clearance

With fire season approaching, it’s time to begin thinking about creating “Defensible Space” around your home. Defensible space is an area adjacent to your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an area where firefighters can effectively defend your property. For more information on creating your defensible space, please see the publication "Living With Fire" at the link provided, or click the photo to the right of this article.


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Weed Abatement Program Updates

As of early May, all property owners with vacant lots have received weed abatement notices, to mitigate the hazards of dry brush/weeds on their properties. If you are one of these recipients, it is imperative that you respond to this mailer, stating your preference to either abate the weeds privately - a list of licensed weed abatement contractors is available here - or have the districts' contractor perform the cutting service. If weeds are not cleared by the deadline stated on the forms, our contractor will perform the abatement, and the property owner will be billed accordingly.

Fire Season Begins!

With the arrival of a particularly hazardous fire season this year, it’s the perfect time to protect your home by creating a “Defensible Space” around your property. Defensible space is an area adjacent to your home where the vegetation has been modified to reduce the wildfire threat and to provide an area where firefighters can effectively defend your property. For more information on creating your defensible space, please see the publication "Living With Fire" at the link provided, or click the photo to the right of this article.

 Agricultural Burns Banned for High-Risk Fire Season

As of April 30th, backyard burning is banned for all residential areas. In addition, due to the drought and unusually high fire risk as a result, the District will not be issuing permits for commercial Agricultural burns until further notice.   For more information on the burning ban, contact our Prevention Bureau at 831-685-6690. 

 

Arson Awareness Week - May 4th - 10th

 

This year's focus for Arson Awareness Week is "Vehicle Arson - a Combustible Crime".  Vehicle arsons account for approximately 26% of total arsons annually (Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation), with motivations such as revenge, insurance fraud, concealment of other crimes or reckless vandalism at the forefront.  Between 2007-2011, vehicle arsons resulted in an annual average of 32 civilian deaths, 67 injuries and $176 million in property damage (Source: USFA).  To help guard your vehicle against arson, we recommend the following safety tips:

  • Park your car in a well-lit area
  • Use a secure parking lot for extended periods
  • Close all windows
  • Remove the key from the ignition
  • Always lock doors, trunk, and tailgate
  • Use anti-theft devices
  • Report abandoned cars to the police
  • If you see a car on fire, call 9-1-1 immediately and tell the location of the fire.
  • Never put yourself in danger attempting to extinguish a vehicle fire yourself or retrieve personal property from a burning vehicle.

For more info on vehicle arson and vehicle fire safety, visit USFA'S website at:  www.usfa.fema.gov/index.shtm

Office Closed Memorial Day

The Admin Office at 6934 Soquel Dr. will be closed on Monday, May 26th, for Memorial Day.  We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday weekend, and thank all those who have served our military for their dedication and service. 


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Employment Opportunities

The District is currently accepting resumes for a Division Chief and Fire Chief, as detailed in the employment announcements listed on this page.  For more information, contact our Admin. Office at 831-685-6690.

FREE CPR Classes

The District will be holding two free CPR classes to the public this summer - both of which feature the Bystander/Hands-only method of CPR for infants, children and adults, as well as a brief training on AED (defibrillator) units.  Dates for this class are:

  • Thursday, June 19th, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 21st, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This training does not serve as certification for medical professionals, but is a fun and educational class that is ideal for new parents, caregivers, or anyone wanting to hone their potential life-saving CPR skills. Classes run from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, and are held at our Admin meeting room at 6934 Soquel Drive, in Aptos. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.  To register, call our Admin. Office at 831-685-6690, or email sarahm@aptosfire.com

Summer Safety Tips – Beat the Heat!

Like last year, the upcoming summer months are expected to reach new records of heat…and with that heat often comes heat exhaustion, or in more extreme cases, heat stroke. For those hotter days this summer, keep the following summer safety tips in mind:
  • Drink plenty of water before and during any hard or strenuous work and/or recreational activity in the heat. You’ll need to drink more water than your thirst indicates. Take frequent small drinks, which are more effective than gulping down large amounts at once.
  • Whenever possible, schedule heavier work/play for cooler hours of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Minimize your exposure when the sun’s rays are the strongest, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in the car during summer days – even for a few minutes, with the windows rolled down. A stopped car can heat up quickly on sunny days, even when it seems cooler outside.
  • Use UV protective sunscreens with a protection factor of at least 15 whenever you are in the sun for long periods. Even on cloudier days, UV rays can get through. Wide brimmed hats and wrap-around sunglasses are also helpful protection from the sun. Infants under 6 months old should be kept out of direct sunlight altogether.

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Smoke & Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Changes:

Effective July 1, 2014, all battery powered smoke alarms or combination (smoke & CO alarms) must contain a sealed 10-year battery.   The CA State Fire Marshal recommends replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years, and testing those alarms twice a year to ensure proper operation.  For best results, install smoke alarms in each bedroom and on each level of the home. 

Also effective July 1st, 2011 all homes are required to install carbon monoxide alarms.  Carbon monoxide is the #1 cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S.  It can be present near vehicles, generators, water heaters, loose or broken vent pipes, outdoor BBQ grills, portable heaters or gas or wood-burning fireplaces. 

For more details on the new smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm legislation, please click the document link below, or visit the Office of the State Fire Marshal's website at www.osfm.fire.ca.gov. You can also learn more about the effects of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and how to keep your home safe from it at our Carbon Monoxide safety page. 


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Earthquake Preparedness Tips

Is your family prepared for the event of a major quake, like the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, or the recent 6.0 in Napa, CA? Visit our Earthquake Preparedness Page to learn more about how you and your family can help prevent disaster before it happens!

PulsePoint Respond App Now Available in Santa Cruz County


When it comes to cardiac arrest, second matter! Every minute that a heart attack victim waits for treatment, their chance for survival goes down 10%. Taking a CPR class is one of the ways you can help save a life in this event, but now Santa Cruz County residents can take the next step with PulsePoint Respond – an application that can be downloaded onto your smartphone, that alerts CPR-trained residents when there is a sudden cardiac arrest event happening in their vicinity (provided that it’s in a public area or building). The app also notifies you of where the nearest AED (defibrillator unit) is, to use as needed. PulsePoint Foundation is a registered non-profit company based in the San Francisco area. For more information on PulsePoint and its applications, visit www.pulsepoint.org. The district highly recommends renewing your CPR skills every 2 years, to be up to date on the latest method. Our free community CPR classes are offered semi-monthly, or you can check our listings for other CPR training facilities in the area at our CPR Providers page.

 

Does Your Family Have an Escape Plan?

While your kids prepare for the school year ahead, you may also want to better prepare them for the possibility of a fire in the home. Now is the perfect time to work out and rehearse a family Escape Plan for your home.

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you to get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire! It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.

Prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities. It's also a good idea to practice your plan with overnight guests.
Some tips to consider when preparing your escape plan include:
  • Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. 
  • Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
  • Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Use the ladder ONLY in a real emergency.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
  • Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
  • Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
  • Watch this informative video, to learn more about escape plans:


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Date Set for Annual Open House

Our annual Open House event will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 11 to 3 pm. Bring the whole family, and enjoy food, live demonstrations, informative booths from all branches of public safety and disaster relief, and a bounce house and Jr. Firefighter activities for the kids. Participating agencies include Soquel Creek Water District, S.C. County Lifeguards, American Medical Response, Law Enforcement, Red Cross, Salvation Army and more.

Union Hosting Fundraiser for Brosig Family

Our local firefighters union (Local 3535) is holding a special fundraiser for Firefighter Steve Brosig on Tuesday, September 9th, hosted at the Bittersweet Bistro. Steve is currently battling cancer, a process that is both physically and financially taxing. To participate, come dine at the Bittersweet Bistro that evening, and let your server know that you’re there for the Brosig fundraiser. The Bistro will donate 25% of your ticket to his fund. If you cannot attend but still wish to help, donations can be made directly to the family at http://www.gofundme.com/ahruds.

Car Seat Safety Event

September 15-21 is Child Passenger Safety Week. It’s extremely important to check your car seats for proper installation, as a whopping 73% of car seats are incorrectly installed! A correctly installed seat can reduce the possibility of death in vehicle accidents by as much as 71%. The A/LSFD is hosting a Car Seat Inspection event on September 20th, from 10 am - 2 pm at Station 1 (6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos). These inspections are by appointment only, so call now to reserve your space! 831-685-6690.


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Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

October 5th through 11th is National Fire Prevention Week, with a special focus on smoke alarms this year.  Did you know that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths were in homes where smoke alarms were either not present or not maintained/working properly? Properly installed and tested smoke alarms in the home can reduce your risk of death in a fire by 50%!  To ensure your home is well protected, we offer the following guidelines:

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area.  Install alarms on every level of the home.  Install alarms in the basement.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.  Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.  Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, to reduce false alarms.  They should be at least 15 feet from the stove.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.  If you're unsure of your smoke alarms age, check the manufacture date on the bottom of the device.
  • When installing new smoke alarm systems (during new construction, for example), it's best to use interconnected smoke alarms.  That way, when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

For more information on smoke alarm safety, visit www.nfpa.org.

A/LSFD Open House - Sunday, Oct. 12th

Our annual Open House event will be held on Sunday, October 12th from 11 to 3 pm. Bring the whole family, and enjoy free food, live demonstrations, informative booths from all branches of public safety and disaster relief, and a bounce house and Jr. Firefighter activities for the kids. Participating agencies include Soquel Creek Water District, S.C. County Lifeguards, Netcom 9-1-1, American Medical Response, Law Enforcement, Red Cross, Salvation Army and more!


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Annual Food & Toy Drives Underway

Beginning the first week of November, all of our 3 station locations will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys for Second Harvest Food Bank and Toys for Tots.  When donating food, please make sure your food is non-perishable, and packaging is unbroken.  When donating toys, please bring only new toys, no wrapping, no toys of aggression (play guns, knives, etc.) and no stuffed animals without factory-sealed plastic. Donations of cash/checks for either charity can be dropped off at our main Admin office at 6934 Soquel Drive, or can be mailed directly to the addresses below:

Second Harvest Food Bank
Toys for Tots - Santa Cruz County
800 Ohlone Parkway
Watsonville, CA  95076
 
Donations can also be made by phone at: 722-7110 ext 210  *OR* online at www.thefoodbank.org.
1961 Main Street #113
Watsonville, CA  95076
 
For questions, call Delilah at 722-9566, or

Holiday Hours

The A/LSFD Admin. Office will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11th for Veterans Day, and Thur. Nov. 27th & Friday Nov. 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Burn Ban Update

A recent SC Sentinel article mentioned that the Burn Ban had been lifted for Santa Cruz County as of November 17th.  To clarify, this does NOT mean that backyard burning is allowed early.  Agricultural burns are allowed with permits, within the guidelines and approval of the Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control District. The backyard burn season begins December 1st, and permits may be obtained in our Admin. Office (beginning in December) at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. 

 


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Tree Recycling Info

Our Station 1 location (at 6934 Soquel Drive) will have a bin for recycling Christmas Trees starting December 26th (through mid-January).  Please make sure trees are free of lights, tinsel, and other non-biodegradable materials before placing in the bins.  The trees will be mulched and used for construction/landscaping projects throughout the county.

Request for Proposals - New FF Turnouts

The District is accepting bids for 25 sets of firefighter turnouts, specified in the document linked on the right.  For further questions on turnout specifications, you can reach Capt. Scott Cullen at scottc@aptosfire.com, or for other details regarding this RFP, you can contact our Business Manager Tracy New at tracyn@aptosfire.com.  Written, sealed bids must be turned in to our office no later than Thursday, Jan. 15th at 2:00 PM (postmarks not accepted). 

Toys for Tots Drive Going Strong, Despite Thefts

 
Donations for the annual toy drive are coming in steadily to each of our three stations, after a minor setback last month. Thieves have hit a number of local toy drive locations, including our La Selva Beach station, helping themselves to the toys in the bins. We have since stepped up our security around these bins, and advise donors to not leave their toys outside the station doors, but knock and make sure a firefighter takes the items inside. Our Admin Office is a good place to drop off, as we have staff there all day from 8 to 5. Thanks to the generous donors who have given their time and energy to make the holidays more cheerful to our disadvantaged local youth!
 
Second Harvest Drive Continues through December 1, 2014
 
Donations of non-perishable food are being accepted at all of our three stations, on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank. To learn more about Second Harvest (including how to donate directly), visit www.thefoodbank.org, or call our local chapter at 831-772-7110. 
 
Backyard Burn Season Begins December 1st
The annual backyard burn season for burning natural vegetation runs from December 1st 2014 through April 30th, 2015. Residents of one or two family dwellings (who meet the requirements specified) may obtain permits for backyard burning at our main Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos. Burning will be allowed on permissive "burn days" only, as reported by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District. For status on burn days, you can call the MBUAPCD at 1-800-CAL-BURN (225-2876).
The burn status number will list separate zones for burn days – all permits issued for the Aptos/La Selva Fire District are listed in the “COASTAL” burn zone. Also, there is a minimum size requirement of at least ½ acre on residential properties to be considered for backyard burn permits, and the pile size for burning has been raised from 3’ x 4’ to 4’ x 4’ sized piles (clearance requirements for these piles remain the same as last year). 
 
Backyard burning that is done without permits, or on no-burn days will be subject to fines, where applicable. For more information on burn requirements, contact the Administrative Office at 831-685-6690.
Hours for December 2014
The Administrative Office at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, will be closed on the following days this month:
  • Christmas Eve: Wednesday, December 24th
  • Christmas Day: Thursday, December 25th
  • New Years Eve: Wednesday, December 31st
And will also be closed in January on:
  • New Years Day: Thursday, January 1st

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District Seeks Agency for Fire Chief Recruitment

The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District is looking for an agency to conduct a recruitment for a new Fire Chief. Please click the graphic below for a detailed Request for Proposals. Interested parties must submit their proposal by the deadline of Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 5 PM PDT (postmarks and faxed copies not accepted).  For questions regarding this RFP, please contact our Director of Business Services, Tracy New, at tracyn@aptosfire.com.

Ad Hoc Committee Formation

The Board of Directors is currently planning to form an Ad Hoc committee comprised of District employees and at least one member of the public, to aid communication regarding current District concerns.  If you are a member of the public interested in participating, click the button below to submit your information to our Director of Business Services, who will forward the information to our Ad Hoc Committee Board members.

American Red Cross - Sound the Alarm Campaign Underway

The American Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Campaign.

As part of this program, a "Sound the Alarm" campaign has been launched, to help to add much-needed smoke alarms to low income families and neighborhoods.  Learn more about how you can help with this valuable program at: https://www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.


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Annual Open House Event

The annual Open House is scheduled for Sunday, October 15, from 11 am to 3 pm, at our station at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos (right in front of Mar Vista Elementary).  The theme for this year’s event is “Every Second Counts. Plan Two Ways Out!”  Our ever-popular Bounce House will be there, as well as Patches the Fire Dog, the Junior Firefighter drill, and more fun activities for kids.  Adults will also enjoy live demonstrations, engine/station tours, and information booths from several local public safety agencies such as Community Emergency Response Teams, California Highway Patrol, and the Soquel Creek Water District.  This event is free and fun for all ages!

Disaster Preparedness Week:

September is 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 visit. This year’s theme is, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” 69% of American families do not have an emergency plan.  The video below from Ready.gov illustrates the importance of thinking ahead, to prepare for a major earthquake, flood or other disaster. For more info on preparedness, visit FEMA’s disaster preparedness website at www.ready.gov

 

Holiday Hours

The A/LSFPD Administration office will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2017, for Labor Day.  We wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday weekend!

 

 


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