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.


UPCOMING BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS Minimize

Next Regular Board Meeting: Thursday, May 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 - April 2014 Minimize

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.


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

 


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.

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.


Safety Alert: Sky Lanterns Minimize
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