Next Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, November 13th, 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 - October 2014 Minimize

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!

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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Living With Fire - PDF 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.

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.

Board of Directors Minimize


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

Safety Alert: Sky Lanterns Minimize
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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.

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