UPCOMING BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS Minimize

Next Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, January 8th, 7:00 PM

All meetings are held at 6934 Soquel Drive, Aptos, unless otherwise noted. Agendas are posted on our Board of Directors page.


What's New - December 2014 Minimize
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

2014 Smoke Alarm Updates Minimize
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.For more details on the new smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm legislation, please click the document link above, or visit the Office of the State Fire Marshal's website at www.osfm.fire.ca.gov.

Changes to 2010 Legislation Minimize
As of July 1st 2011 the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 goes into effect. The act requires that all single-family dwellings have a California State Fire Marshal approved carbon monoxide detector installed. In addition, all other dwelling units will be required to do so on or before January 1st of 2013. More information is available in the document listed below.
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SCAM ALERT - Beware of False "Firefighter Charity" Calls Minimize

Residents of Aptos and the surrounding area are being targeted by a phone scam operation.  Callers claim to be firefighters with the Aptos/La Selva Fire District, who are collecting money for a Burn Foundation (or other) charity cause.  We urge the public to NOT give any credit card information, bank numbers or other personal info to these callers.  They are not associated with the District in any way, and local law enforcement has been alerted to the issue.  These callers seem to be using rotating cell phone numbers with a local (831) area code, which disconnects immediately after calling.


Storm Safety/Sandbag Info Minimize


SRA FEE INFORMATION Minimize

 

Assembly Bill X1 29 was signed into law on July 7, 2011, approving the new annual Fire Prevention Fee to pay for fire prevention services within the SRA (State Responsibility Area). Some residents within our District will be receiving letters regarding these annual fees, as their homes fall under the mutual response area covered by both our District and the State Department of Forestry. For more information on these fees, click the link below to our SRA Information Page.


Board of Directors Minimize

 

Click the graphic above for information on current A/LSFD Board of Directors Agendas, Minutes, and other helpful information.


Living With Fire - PDF Minimize

 


FF of the Year 2013 Minimize

Congratulations to FF/PM Ryan Peters for being chosen as 2013's VFW Firefighter of the Year!


 

VFW Commander Chuck Woodson presented his award at the Feb. 13th Board Meeting.  He was also commended by multiple leaders of local charities for his fundraising and volunteer work through the Santa Cruz 9-1-1 network.

Safety Alert: Sky Lanterns Minimize
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